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                                                       Calendar No. 602
104th CONGRESS
  2d Session
                                 S. 951

   To commemorate the service of First Ladies Jacqueline Kennedy and 
Patricia Nixon to improving and maintaining the Executive Residence of 
the President and to authorize grants to the White House Endowment Fund 
                in their memory to continue their work.


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                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

                June 21 (legislative day, June 19), 1995

Mrs. Hutchison introduced the following bill; which was read twice and 
       referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

                           September 16, 1996

 Reported by Mr. Murkowski, with an amendment and an amendment to the 
                                 title
 [Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed 
                               in italic]

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                                 A BILL


 
   To commemorate the service of First Ladies Jacqueline Kennedy and 
Patricia Nixon to improving and maintaining the Executive Residence of 
the President and to authorize grants to the White House Endowment Fund 
                in their memory to continue their work.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

<DELETED>SECTION 1. FINDINGS.</DELETED>

<DELETED>    The Congress makes the following findings:</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (a) First Ladies Jacqueline Kennedy and Patricia 
        Nixon devoted much of their service to preserving and improving 
        the White House. They made it a national showplace of American 
        history, fine arts, and decorative arts.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (b) The White House historic preservation program 
        was initiated by Mrs. Kennedy almost thirty-five years ago, in 
        1961. Mrs. Kennedy initiated a program to restore the historic 
        integrity of the public rooms of the White House; to establish 
        a fine and decorative arts collection; and to establish the 
        White House Historical Association to publish and distribute 
        educational materials describing the White House and its 
        history.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (c) Mrs. Nixon provided leadership in the most 
        extensive acquisition of fine and decorative arts in the 
        history of the White House. Her plan for refurbishment of the 
        public rooms remains intact after more than twenty 
        years.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (d) The fine and decorative arts donated to the 
        White House during the leadership of Mrs. Kennedy and Mrs. 
        Nixon, valued today at tens of millions of dollars, far exceed 
        those received during all other modern Presidential 
        administrations combined.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (e) The White House is the only Executive 
        Residence in the world that is regularly open to the general 
        public. With over 1.5 million visitors annually, the Executive 
        Residence's public rooms need constant care and complete 
        refurbishing every eight to ten years. To maintain the 
        collection of fine arts, historic pieces must be acquired, 
        loaned works must be acquired, reproductions need to be 
        replaced, and repairs need to be made.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (f) First Lady Barbara Bush established the White 
        House Endowment Fund in 1990 to create a permanent endowment of 
        $25,000,000 to maintain the public rooms and collection of the 
        White House. Although substantial contributions have been 
        received from the public, additional funds are needed to 
        complete the endowment.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (g) In recognition of the service of Mrs. Kennedy 
        and Mrs. Nixon in preserving and improving the White House, and 
        in their memory following their recent deaths, it is fitting 
        and proper for the Congress to memorialize their work by making 
        a public contribution to continue preservation activities at 
        the White House.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (h) Bestowing this honor on Mrs. Kennedy and Mrs. 
        Nixon would be in accord with the well-established 
        congressional precedent by which a grateful Nation recognizes 
        noteworthy and enduring contributions to the public interest 
        with the appropriation of funds to programs, endowments, and 
        foundations to memorialize the contributions of the 
        honorees.</DELETED>

<DELETED>SEC. 2. GRANTS TO THE WHITE HOUSE ENDOWMENT FUND.</DELETED>

<DELETED>    (a) In General.--The President of the United States shall 
make grants to the White House Endowment Fund, a nonprofit corporation 
chartered under the laws of the State of Maryland, to be used for the 
preservation and conservation of the public rooms of the White House 
and the acquisition of historical objects for the White House 
collection of fine and decorative American art.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    (b) Terms and Conditions of the Grants.--The purposes, 
terms, and conditions of grants made under this section shall be 
prescribed in agreements to be entered into between the President, 
after consultation with the Committee for the Preservation of the White 
House, and the White House Endowment Fund.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    (c) Authority To Use Interest Income.--If funds made 
available to the Endowment Fund under this section are invested by the 
Endowment Fund pending the disbursement of those funds, any interest 
realized from such investment shall not be required to be deposited in 
the Treasury if it is used for the purposes for which the funds were 
made available.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    (d) Source of Funds.--Grants under this section shall be 
made from funds appropriated to the President for such 
purpose.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    (e) Amount and Deadline for Making Grants.--The President 
shall make grants under this section, in amounts not to exceed a total 
of $10,000,000, not later than September 30, 1996.</DELETED>

SECTION 1.--GRANTS TO THE WHITE HOUSE ENDOWMENT FUND.

    Subject to appropriations, the Secretary of the Interior is 
authorized to make grants totaling not more than $10,000,000 to the 
White House Endowment Fund to support the acquisition of objects for, 
and the preservation of, the public rooms of the White House and its 
collection of Fine and Decorative Arts; and to serve as a memorial to 
the Nation's First Ladies, whose interest and dedication have done so 
much to preserve and enhance the historic integrity of the White House.
            Amend the title so as to read ``A bill to commemorate the 
        service of the Nation's First Ladies to improving and 
        maintaining the Executive Residence of the President and to 
        authorize grants to the White House Endowment Fund in their 
        memory to continue their work.''.
                                     





                                                       Calendar No. 602

104th CONGRESS

  2d Session

                                 S. 951

_______________________________________________________________________

                                 A BILL

   To commemorate the service of First Ladies Jacqueline Kennedy and 
Patricia Nixon to improving and maintaining the Executive Residence of 
the President and to authorize grants to the White House Endowment Fund 
                in their memory to continue their work.

_______________________________________________________________________

                           September 16, 1996

        Reported with an amendment and an amendment to the title