S.2047 - A bill to establish a commission to commemorate the bicentennial of the establishment of the Democratic Party of the United States.102nd Congress (1991-1992)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Sanford, Terry [D-NC] (Introduced 11/25/1991)|
|Latest Action:||House - 11/26/1991 Held at the desk. (All Actions)|
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102d CONGRESS 1st Session S. 2047 AN ACT To establish a commission to commemorate the bicentennial of the establishment of the Democratic Party of athe United States. S 2047 ES 102d CONGRESS 1st Session S. 2047 AN ACT 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. Passed the Senate November 25 (legislative day, November 23), 1991. Attest: Secretary.