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S 2047 CPS
102d CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 2047
To establish a commission to commemorate the bicentennial of the establishment
of the Democratic Party of the United States.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
NOVEMBER 25 (legistative day NOVEMBER 23), 1991
Mr. SANFORD (for himself, Mr. MITCHELL, Mr. ADAMS, Mr. AKAKA, Mr. BAUCUS,
Mr. BENTSEN, Mr. BIDEN, Mr. BINGAMAN, Mr. BOREN, Mr. BRADLEY, Mr. BREAUX,
Mr. BRYAN, Mr. BUMPERS, Mr. BURDICK, Mr. BYRD, Mr. CONRAD, Mr. CRANSTON,
Mr. DASCHLE, Mr. DECONCINI, Mr. DIXON, Mr. DODD, Mr. EXON, Mr. FORD,
Mr. FOWLER, Mr. GLENN, Mr. GORE, Mr. GRAHAM, Mr. HARKIN, Mr. HEFLIN,
Mr. HOLLINGS, Mr. INOUYE, Mr. JOHNSTON, Mr. KENNEDY, Mr. KERREY, Mr. KERRY,
Mr. KOHL, Mr. LAUTENBERG, Mr. LEAHY, Mr. LEVIN, Mr. LIEBERMAN, Mr. METZENBAUM,
Ms. MIKULSKI, Mr. MOYNIHAN, Mr. NUNN, Mr. PELL, Mr.  PRYOR, Mr. REID,
Mr. RIEGLE, Mr. ROBB, Mr. ROCKEFELLER, Mr. SARBANES, Mr. SASSER, Mr. SHELBY,
Mr. SIMON, Mr. WELLSTONE, Mr. WIRTH, and Mr. WOFFORD) introduced the following
bill; which was read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed
A BILL
To establish a commission to commemorate the bicentennial of the establishment
of the Democratic Party of the United States.
  Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
  States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. FINDINGS.
  The Congress finds that--
  (1) it is generally acknowledged that the evolution of the political party
  system in the United States provided life and flesh for the framework of
  democratic governance that was established by the Constitution;
  (2) Thomas Jefferson founded the first political party in the United States,
  the Democratic Party, which was originally known as the Republican Party,
  in order to accommodate the honest differences of our emerging Nation's
  people, to ensure that freedoms provided would be honored, to guarantee
  that complaints against the government could be redressed, and to effectuate
  the choice of the electorate in the peaceful transfer of political power;
  (3) in 1992, the Democratic Party of the United States will celebrate the
  200th anniversary of its establishment on May 13, 1792;
  (4) an understanding of the historical development of the Democratic Party
  is crucial to an understanding of the history of the United States; and
  (5) it is appropriate and desirable to provide for the observation and
  commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Democratic Party.
SEC. 2. ESTABLISHMENT OF COMMISSION.
  There is hereby established a Commission on the Bicentennial of the
  United States' Democratic Party (hereafter in this bill referred to as the
  `Commission') to coordinate ceremonial events and related activities as
  appropriate during the calendar year of 1992.
SEC. 3. MEMBERSHIP OF COMMISSION.
  The Commission shall be composed of the following members:
  (1) 4 members to be appointed by the Majority Leader of the Senate, who
  may be Members of the Senate.
  (2) 4 members to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives,
  who may be Members of the House of Representatives.
  (3) 4 members to be appointed by the Chairman of the Democratic Governors'
  Association, who may be current or former members of the Democratic
  Governors' Association.
  (4) 2 members of the Democratic National Committee to be appointed by the
  Chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
  (5) As many as 6 additional members to be appointed by the Commission once
  the 14 members have been appointed pursuant to paragraphs (1) through (4).
SEC. 4. CHAIRPERSON.
  The Majority Leader of the Senate shall designate, with the concurrence
  of the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Chairman of the
  Democratic Governors' Association, 1 of the members of the Commission to
  serve as Chairperson of the Commission.
SEC. 5. VACANCIES.
  Any vacancy in the membership of the Commission shall be filled in the
  same manner as the original appointment.
SEC. 6. DUTIES OF COMMISSION.
  The Commission shall--
  (1) educate the American public about the creation and growth of political
  parties in the United States, the importance of political parties to the
  founding and preservation of democracy, and the operation of political
  parties in the governmental process;
  (2) oversee the planning and development of all events, activities,
  and studies, that are organized to commemorate the establishment and
  development of political parties in the United States;
  (3) plan and implement the observance of the bicentennial of the Democratic
  Party during the calendar year of 1992;
  (4) seek to involve private organizations in the bicentennial activities; and
  (5) serve as a vehicle for the collection and dissemination of information
  about bicentennial activities and events.
SEC. 7. REPORTS TO CONGRESS.
  The Commission shall submit periodic reports, and a final report at the
  time of its termination, on its activities to the Speaker of the House of
  Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate.
SEC. 8. FUNDING.
  (a) PRIVATE SOURCES- Funds for the Commission shall be raised through
  private sector sources.
  (b) DISCLOSURE- The Commission shall disclose the sources and amounts of
  such funds in its interim and final reports.
  (c) DONATIONS- The Commission is authorized to accept donations of money,
  personal services, and property related to the commemoration of the
  Democratic Party.
  (d) VOLUNTEER SERVICES- The Commission may accept such volunteer services of
  private individuals or companies as the Commission determines are necessary
  to carry out the purposes of this joint resolution.
  (e) DISSOLUTION- Upon its dissolution, the Commission shall distribute
  any remaining funds to any organization that is exempt from taxation under
  section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that is dedicated,
  among other purposes, to educating the public about the democratic
  political process.
SEC. 9. TERMINATION.
  The Commission shall cease to exist on February 13, 1993, unless otherwise
  provided by law.