CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 627, the National Park Service 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act, under a suspension of the rules. H.R. 627 was introduced on February 13, 2013 by Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and was referred to the Committee on Financial Services.
H.R. 627 authorizes the minting and sale of coins commemorating the 100th anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service. This legislation directs after taxpayers are reimbursed for all costs of producing and marketing the coins and pursuant to title 31 Section 5134, surcharges added to the sale cost of these coins go to the National Park Foundation for projects and programs that help preserve and protect resources under the stewardship of the National Park Service. The legislation stipulates that any surcharge funds are prohibited from being used for land acquisition.
In 1916, Congress established the National Park Service (NPS) as a bureau within the Department of the Interior with the goal of administering National Parks and monuments under a unified National Park System. In addition to administering National Parks and monuments, the NPS manages historic and national scenic trails; manages wild and scenic rivers; provides historic preservation grants; and assists communities in meeting preservation, conservation, and recreation needs. Currently, the National Park System includes more than 395 units encompassing 84 million acres of land in all U.S. States and territories. In 2016, the National Park Service will celebrate its 100th anniversary.
An informal CBO cost estimate indicates there will be no effect on direct spending. Costs of designing and minting the coin are recovered by its sale price.
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