CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
S.J.Res. 8 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Wednesday, April 22, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. The bill was introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-PA) on February 10, 2009, and passed the Senate by unanimous consent on March 17, 2009. The bill was received in the House on March 18, 2009, and referred to the Committee on House Administration, which took no official action.
S.J.Res. 8 would appoint David M. Rubenstein of Maryland fill a vacancy on the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution. The appointment would last for six years, effective upon enactment of the resolution.
The Smithsonian Institution was established by Congress in 1846 as an independent trust organization of the U.S. The Smithsonian's charter provides that the institution is to be managed by a board of regents made up of representatives of all three branches of government and the private sector. Appointments to the board must be approved by a joint resolution of Congress. S.J.Res. 8 would seat David M. Rubenstein on the board for a term of six years. Mr. Rubenstein is an American businessman and philanthropist, best known for co-founding the private equity firm The Carlyle Group. Rubenstein would fill a vacancy on the board formerly held by Anne d'Harnoncourt, the former Director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, who died in June of 2008.
A CBO score for S.J.Res. 8 was not available at press time. However, the legislation does not authorize any new spending.