On Wednesday, December 7, 2015, the House will consider H.R. 6130, the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act of 2016, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 6130 was introduced on September 22, 2016, by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
H.R. 6130 sets a six year statute of limitations for civil claims filed in federal or state court to recover artwork and other cultural property that was unlawfully lost due to theft, seizure, forced sale, or sale under duress as a result of Nazi persecution during the Holocaust. The new limitations period applies to cases filed on or before December 31, 2026.
The U.S. government has worked with other nations to ensure that Holocaust victims and their families are able to recover art tragically stolen by the Nazis. The legislation gives claimants an opportunity to have their cases decided on the merits by establishing a nationwide window of time within which such claims can be brought.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates enacting S. 2763 would have no significant effect on the federal budget in any year.
For questions or further information please contact Jake Vreeburg with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-1828.