H.R.154 - To provide for the transfer of an existing United States memorial erected under the auspices of the American Legion, Incorporated, for the use and benefit of American officers and enlisted personnel who served in World War I to the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.102nd Congress (1991-1992)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Montgomery, G. V. (Sonny) [D-MS-3] (Introduced 01/03/1991)|
|Committees:||House - Veterans' Affairs | Senate - Veterans' Affairs|
|Latest Action:||07/29/1991 For Further Action See H.R.1047. (All Actions)|
|Roll Call Votes:||There has been 1 roll call vote|
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HR 154 RFS 102d CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 154 IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES February 19 (legislative day, FEBRUARY 6), 1991 Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs AN ACT To provide for the transfer of an existing United States memorial erected under the auspices of the American Legion, Incorporated, for the use and benefit of American officers and enlisted personnel who served in World War I to the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. PERSHING HALL, PARIS, FRANCE. (a) IN GENERAL- Pershing Hall, an existing memorial in Paris, France, owned by the United States, together with the personal property of such memorial, is hereby placed under the jurisdiction, custody, and control of the Department of Veterans Affairs so that the memorial to the commander-in-chief, officers, men, and auxiliary services of the American Expeditionary Forces in France during World War I may be continued in an appropriate manner and financial support be provided therefor. (b) ADMINISTRATION- (1)(A) The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall administer, operate, develop, and improve Pershing Hall and its site in such manner as the Secretary determines appropriate to meet the needs of veterans, including maintaining an office to disseminate information, respond to inquiries, and otherwise assist veterans and their families in obtaining veterans' benefits. (B) To carry out the purposes of this section, the Secretary may enter into agreements authorized by subsection (c) to fund the operation of the memorial and projects authorized by subsection (d)(6). (2)(A) The Secretary shall, after consultation with the American Battle Monuments Commission, provide for a portion of Pershing Hall to be specifically dedicated, with appropriate exhibitions and monuments, to the memory of the commander-in-chief, officers, men, and auxiliary services of the American Expeditionary Forces in France during World War I. (B) The establishment and continuing supervision of the memorial that is dedicated pursuant to subparagraph (A) shall be carried out by the American Battle Monuments Commission. (3) To the extent that funds are available in the Pershing Hall Revolving Fund established by subsection (d), the Secretary may incur such expenses with respect to Pershing Hall as the Secretary determines necessary or appropriate. (c) LEASES- (1) The Secretary may enter into agreements for the operation, development, and improvement of Pershing Hall and its site, including the leasing of portions of the Hall for terms not to exceed 35 years in areas that are newly constructed or substantially rehabilitated and for not to exceed 20 years in other areas of the Hall, as the Secretary determines necessary or appropriate. (2) Leases entered into by the Secretary shall be for consideration in the form of cash or in-kind, or a combination of the two, as determined by the Secretary, which shall include the value of space leased back to the Secretary by the lessee, net of rent paid by the Secretary, and the present value of the residual interest of the Secretary at the end of the lease term. (3) The Secretary may not enter into a lease agreement described in this subsection until the end of a 60-day period of continuous session of Congress following the date of the submission of the proposed lease agreement to the Committees on Veterans' Affairs of the Senate and House of Representatives. For purposes of the preceding sentence, continuity of a session of Congress is broken only by an adjournment sine die, and there shall be excluded from the computation of such 60-day period any day during which either House of Congress is not in session during an adjournment of more than three days to a day certain. (d) FUND- (1) There is hereby established the Pershing Hall Revolving Fund to be administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. (2) There shall be transferred to the Pershing Hall Revolving Fund, at such time or times as the Secretary may determine without limitation as to year, amounts as determined by the Secretary, not to exceed $1,000,000 in total, from funds appropriated to the Department of Veterans Affairs for the construction of major projects. The account from which any such amount is transferred shall be reimbursed promptly from other funds as they become part of the Pershing Hall Revolving Fund. (3) The Pershing Hall Memorial Fund, established in the Treasury of the United States pursuant to section 2 of the Act of June 28, 1935 (Public Law 74-171; 49 Stat. 426), is hereby abolished and the corpus of the fund, including accrued interest, is transferred to the Pershing Hall Revolving Fund. (4) Funds received by the Secretary from operation of Pershing Hall or from any lease or other agreement with respect to Pershing Hall shall be deposited in the Pershing Hall Revolving Fund. (5) The Secretary of the Treasury shall invest any portion of the Revolving Fund that, as determined by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, is not required to meet current expenses of the Fund. 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 Secretary of Veterans Affairs, has a maturity suitable for the Revolving Fund. The Secretary of the Treasury shall credit to the Revolving Fund the interest on, and the proceeds from the sale or redemption of, such obligations. (6)(A) Subject to subparagraphs (B) and (C), the Secretary of Veterans Affairs may expend not more than $100,000 from the Fund in any fiscal year upon projects, activities, and facilities determined by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to be in keeping with the mission of the Department. (B) An expenditure under subparagraph (A) may be made only from funds that will remain in the Fund in any fiscal year after payment of expenses incurred with respect to Pershing Hall for such fiscal year and only after the reimbursement of all amounts transferred to the Fund under subsection (d)(2) has been completed. (C) An expenditure authorized by subparagraph (A) shall be reported by the Secretary to the Congress no later than November 1 of each year for the fiscal year ending on the previous September 30. (e) WAIVER- The Secretary may carry out the provisions of this section without regard to section 5022 of title 38, United States Code, section 321 of the Act of June 30, 1932 (40 U.S.C. 303b; 47 Stat. 412), sections 202 and 203 of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act (40 U.S.C. 483 and 484), or any other provision of law inconsistent with this section. Passed the House of Representatives February 5, 1991. Attest: DONNALD K. ANDERSON, Clerk.