H.R. 886: United States Marshals Service 225th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act

H.R. 886

United States Marshals Service 225th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act

Date
December 14, 2011 (112th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
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Floor Situation

On Tuesday, December 13, 2011, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 886, the United States Marshals Service 225th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act, under a suspension of the rules requiring a two-thirds majority for passage.  H.R. 886 was introduced by Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR) on March 2, 2011, and was referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

Bill Summary

H.R. 886 would require the Secretary of the Treasury, in commemoration of the 225th anniversary of the establishment of the United States Marshals Service, to mint and issue a $5 gold coin, $1 silver coin, and a half-dollar clad coin emblematic of the 225 years of exemplary and unparalleled achievements of the U.S. Marshals Service.

The bill would also require all such coin sales to include a surcharge of $35 per $5 coin, a $10 surcharge per $1 coin, and a $3 surcharge per half-dollar coin.  It would require distribution of the first $5 million to the U.S. Marshals Service National Museum for the preservation, maintenance, and display of artifacts and documents of the U.S. Marshals Service.  In addition, the bill would require distribution of one-third of the remainder each to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in support of the National Law Enforcement Museum and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, and to the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Foundation.

Lastly, the bill would authorize the Secretary to strike and sell bronze duplicates of the $5 gold coins.

Background

The United States Marshals, the first Federal law enforcement officers in America, were established during the First Session of the U.S. Congress, and signed into law by the First President of the United States, George Washington. The coin will be the first commemorative coin to honor the United States Marshals Service.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate of H.R. 886 is not yet available.