H.Res. 506: Honoring the Life and Legacy of Vaclav Havel by Directing the House of Representatives Fine Arts Board to Provide for the Display of a Bust of Vaclav Havel in the United States Capitol

H.Res. 506

Honoring the Life and Legacy of Vaclav Havel by Directing the House of Representatives Fine Arts Board to Provide for the Display of a Bust of Vaclav Havel in the United States Capitol

Sponsor
Rep. Ed Royce

Date
March 11, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, the House will consider H.Res. 506, a resolution Honoring the Life and Legacy of Václav Havel by Directing the House of Representatives Fine Arts Board to Provide for the Display of a Bust of Václav Havel in the United States Capitol, under a suspension of the rules.  The bill was introduced on March 6, 2014 by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Committee Foreign Affairs, and referred to the Committee on House Administration.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 506 directs the House of Representatives Fine Arts Board to display a bust of Václav Havel in the House of Representatives.

Background

Václav Havel was born on October 5, 1936 in former Czechoslovakia.  Widely recognized as a defender of human rights and democracy, Havel was imprisoned multiple times by Czechoslovakia’s ruling Communist Party for his advocacy work.  Havel was one of the founders of Charter 77, a group of individuals who called for the human rights protections guaranteed under the 1975 Helsinki accords to be realized in Czechoslovakia.[1]  He was a co-founder of the Committee of the Unjustly Prosecuted, established to support Czechoslovakian political dissidents and their families.

In 1989, Havel founded the Civic Forum political movement, which unified opposition to the communist regime.  He was a key figure in the 1989 Velvet Revolution, which saw the peaceful overthrow of the Czechoslovakian communist government.  Havel was democratically elected as President of the unified Republic in 1990, and was re-elected as President of the Czech Republic in 1993 after the partition of Czechoslovakia.  He served as President of the Czech Republic from 1993 until 2003, and presided over the Czech Republic’s entrance into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).  He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush in 2003 for being “one of liberty’s great heroes.”[2]  Havel passed away on December 18, 2011, at the age of 75.



[1] See bill text, H.Res. 506

[2] Id.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is currently unavailable.

Additional Information

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