Text: H.R.2807 — 101st Congress (1989-1990)All Information (Except Text)

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HR 2807 IH
101st CONGRESS
1st Session
 H. R. 2807
To provide for the establishment of a memorial on Federal land within the
District of Columbia to honor members of the Armed Forces who served in World
War II, and to express the sense of Congress concerning the United States'
participation in that conflict.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 29, 1989
Ms. KAPTUR introduced the following bill; which was referred jointly to the
Committees on House Administration and Veterans' Affairs
A BILL
To provide for the establishment of a memorial on Federal land within the
District of Columbia to honor members of the Armed Forces who served in World
War II, and to express the sense of Congress concerning the United States'
participation in that conflict.
  Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
  States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. AUTHORIZATION FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL.
  (a) ESTABLISHMENT OF WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL- The American Battle Monuments
  Commission shall establish a memorial on Federal land in the District of
  Columbia or its environs to honor members of the Armed Forces who served
  in World War II and to commemorate the United States' participation in
  that conflict.
  (b) RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE COMMISSION- (1) The Commission shall plan,
  design, construct, and oversee the operation of the memorial.
  (2) The plan, design, construction, and operation of the memorial shall
  provide for accessibility by, and accommodations for, the physically
  handicapped.
SEC. 2. ESTABLISHMENT OF WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL ADVISORY BOARD.
  (a) ESTABLISHMENT OF BOARD- There is hereby established a World War II
  Memorial Advisory Board.
  (b) MEMBERSHIP OF BOARD- (1) The Board shall consist of at least 9, but
  not more than 15, members appointed by the President.
  (2) The members of the Board shall include a representative of the
  Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of American History, and
  representatives of World War II veterans, World War II historians, and
  American historical associations and other organizations knowledgeable
  about World War II.
  (3) All appointments under this subsection shall be made within 120 calendar
  days of the date of the enactment of this Act.
  (c) TERMS OF MEMBERSHIP ON BOARD- (1) Members of the Board shall serve
  a term of three years, except that the first members appointed to the
  Board shall be appointed for terms of one to three years as determined
  appropriate by the President to assure continuity on the Board at times
  when new members are appointed to the Board.
  (2) Any member appointed to fill a vacancy arising on the Board shall
  serve until the expiration of the term of the member who left the Board
  and created the vacancy.
  (d) OFFICERS OF THE BOARD- The Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of the Board
  shall be appointed by the President from among the members of the Board.
  (e) RESPONSIBILITIES OF BOARD- The Board shall--
  (1) promote establishment of the memorial mandated under section 1(a) and
  encourage donation of private funds for the construction and maintenance
  of the memorial;
  (2) assist and cooperate with the Commission in the selection of the site
  and design for the memorial in accordance with section 7 of Public Law
  99-652 (40 U.S.C. 1007; 100 Stat. 3652); and
  (3) transmit an annual report to the Congress concerning the activities
  carried out by the Board in the year for which the report is made, with
  the first such report to be made no later than 15 months after the date on
  which all the members of the Board have been appointed under subsection (b).
SEC. 3. FEDERAL AND PRIVATE FUNDING.
  (a) PRIVATE FUNDING- For the purpose of establishing and maintaining
  the memorial mandated under section 1(a), the Commission may solicit and
  accept private contributions and shall deposit such contributions in the
  fund established by subsection (b).
  (b) FUND- (1) There is hereby established in the Treasury a fund which
  shall be available to the American Battle Monuments Commission only for
  carrying out this Act. The fund shall consist of--
  (A) amounts deposited into, and interest and proceeds credited to, the
  fund under paragraph (2); and
  (B) obligations obtained under paragraph (3).
  (2) The Chairman of the Commission shall deposit into the fund the amounts
  that are accepted under subsection (a). The Secretary of the Treasury
  shall credit to the fund the interest on, and the proceeds from sale or
  redemption of, obligations held in the fund.
  (3) The Secretary of the Treasury shall invest any portion of the fund
  that, as determined by the Chairman of the Commission, is not required
  to meet current expenses. Each investment shall be made in an interest
  bearing obligation of the United States or an obligation guaranteed as
  to principal and interest by the United States that, as determined by the
  Chairman of the Commission, has a maturity suitable for the fund.
  (4) Amounts in the fund that are in excess of the costs of carrying out this
  Act, as determined by the Chairman of the Commission, shall be deposited
  in the Treasury as miscellaneous receipts to reimburse the United States
  for funds appropriated pursuant to subsection (c).
  (c) AUTHORIZATION FOR FEDERAL FUNDING- There are authorized to be
  appropriated such funds as are necessary, in addition to private funds
  solicited under subsection (a)--
  (1) for site preparation, design, planning, and associated administrative
  costs for the establishment of the memorial mandated under section 1(a), and
  (2) for construction, maintenance, and operation of the memorial.
SEC. 4. FEDERAL ASSISTANCE AND AUTHORITY TO PURCHASE LAND.
  (a) ASSISTANCE IN PERFORMANCE OF FUNCTIONS- The Secretary of the Smithsonian
  Institution, the Library of Congress, and all executive branch departments,
  agencies, and establishments of the United States may assist the Commission
  in the performance of its functions under this Act.
  (b) REAL PROPERTY- For the purpose of establishing the memorial mandated
  under section 1(a)--
  (1) any department, agency, or instrumentality of the United States may
  transfer to the administrative jurisdiction of the Commission any real
  property in the District of Columbia or its environs which is under the
  administrative jurisdiction of such department, agency, or instrumentality,
  and
  (2) the Commission may purchase, with the consent of the owner thereof,
  any real property within the District of Columbia or its environs.
SEC. 5. SENSE OF THE CONGRESS.
  (a) FINDINGS- The Congress finds that--
  (1) December 7, 1991, will mark the 50th anniversary of the attack on
  Pearl Harbor which precipitated the United States' entry into World War II;
  (2) over 16,000,000 Americans served in our Armed Forces during that
  conflict;
  (3) over 400,000 American men and women gave their lives in defense of
  freedom around the world;
  (4) World War II fundamentally reshaped the international geopolitical
  landscape, as well as our Nation's economic, political, and cultural
  institutions;
  (5) this conflict involved a clear choice between democracy and tyranny
  and involved our Nation as a whole in a worldwide battle against the forces
  of fascism and oppression;
  (6) other nations are developing or have established permanent exhibitions
  about their own role in World War II, such as the Battle of Normandy Museum
  of Peace in Caen, France; and
  (7) numerous organizations and individuals across the United States have
  expressed interest in or are engaged in efforts to draw attention to the
  50th anniversary of World War II.
  (b) CONTENT- It is, therefore, the sense of the Congress--
  (1) that this anniversary should not go unrecognized at the national level;
  (2) that between 1991 and 1995, the Federal Government should encourage
  appropriate 50th anniversary commemorations of the United States' role in
  World War II, the contribution to the Allied victory of American military
  men and women as well as ordinary citizens, and the enduring values to
  which our participation in that struggle was dedicated;
  (3) that the Smithsonian Institution and other Federal museums should
  develop during this time period exhibits, displays, permanent collections,
  and other presentations which will honor our World War II veterans as well
  as convey a sense of the times, the origins and scope of the war, and the
  effect of World War II on our world today by reshaping the international
  geopolitical landscape as well as our Nation's economic, political, and
  cultural institutions; and
  (4) that special effort should be made to encourage the use of these
  exhibitions by schools, colleges, and other academic institutions so that
  the lessons of World War II may be passed on to the generation that will
  lead us into the 21st Century.