CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
S. 692 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Sen. Schumer (D-NY) on March 25, 2009.
S. 692 would require any claim of the United States to certain property relating to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, his family, or staff to be treated as having been waived and relinquished on the day before any person makes a gift of such property to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The bill defines this property as any part of the collection of documents, papers, and memorabilia relating to Roosevelt or any member of his family or staff that was in the possession of Grace Tully and retained by her at the time of her death. The bill specifies that the date of such gift is any date after the physical delivery of the property to NARA as specified by the donor.
Currently, the federal government is in negotiations with private parties regarding the ownership of the Tully Archive (Miss Grace Tully was FDR's personal secretary), which includes 5,000 documents, 100 personal letters, and other historical effects. This legislation is meant to expedite the donation of the collection to NARA. The donation would allow a tax deduction for the private party that currently owns the archive.
The House passed identical legislation, H.R. 1506, by voice vote on November 16, 2009.
CBO estimates that over time, this legislation would have no significant net effect on federal revenues because the collection probably would be donated at some point without enactment of the bill.