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        H.R.1668

                      One Hundred Seventh Congress

                                 of the

                        United States of America


                          AT THE FIRST SESSION

         Begun and held at the City of Washington on Wednesday,
             the third day of January, two thousand and one


                                 An Act


 
To authorize the Adams Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative 
  work on Federal land in the District of Columbia and its environs to 
            honor former President John Adams and his legacy.

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

SECTION 1. COMMEMORATIVE WORK TO HONOR JOHN ADAMS AND HIS LEGACY.

    (a) Findings.--The Congress finds the following:
        (1) Few families have contributed as profoundly to the United 
    States as the family that gave the Nation its second president, 
    John Adams; its sixth president, John Quincy Adams; first ladies 
    Abigail Smith Adams and Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams; and 
    succeeding generations of statesmen, diplomats, advocates, and 
    authors.
        (2) John Adams (1735-1826), a lawyer, a statesman, and a 
    patriot, was the author of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of 
    Massachusetts (the oldest written constitution still in force), the 
    leader of the Second Continental Congress, a driving force for 
    independence, a negotiator of the Treaty of Paris (which brought 
    the Revolutionary War to an end), the first Vice President, the 
    second President, and an unwavering exponent of freedom of 
    conscience and the rule of law.
        (3) Abigail Smith Adams (1744-1818) was one of the most 
    remarkable women of her time. Wife of former President John Adams 
    and mother of former President John Quincy Adams, she was an early 
    advocate for the rights of women and served the cause of liberty as 
    a prolific writer, fierce patriot, and staunch abolitionist.
        (4) John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), the son of John and Abigail 
    Adams, was a distinguished lawyer, legislator, and diplomat and a 
    master of 7 languages, who served as Senator, Minister to the 
    Netherlands under President George Washington, Minister to Prussia 
    under the first President Adams, Minister to Great Britain under 
    President James Madison, chief negotiator of the Treaty of Ghent 
    (which ended the War of 1812), Secretary of State under President 
    James Monroe, author of the Monroe Doctrine (which declared the 
    Western Hemisphere off limits to European imperial expansion), 
    sixth President, and the only former President to be elected to the 
    House of Representatives, where he was known as ``Old Man 
    Eloquent'' and served with great distinction as a leader in the 
    fight against slavery and a champion of unpopular causes.
        (5) Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams (1775-1852), the wife of 
    former President John Quincy Adams, was an educated, accomplished 
    woman and the only first lady born outside the United States. Like 
    Abigail Adams, she wrote eloquently on behalf of the rights of 
    women and in opposition to slavery.
        (6) Charles Francis Adams (1807-1886), the son of John Quincy 
    and Louisa Adams, served 6 years in the Massachusetts legislature, 
    was a steadfast abolitionist who received the Free Soil Party's 
    vice-presidential nomination in 1848, was elected to his father's 
    seat in the House of Representatives in 1856, and served as 
    ambassador to Great Britain during the Civil War, where his efforts 
    were decisive in preventing the British Government from recognizing 
    the independence of the Confederacy.
        (7) Henry Adams (1838-1918), the son of Charles Francis Adams, 
    was an eminent writer, scholar, historian, and public intellectual, 
    and was the author of many celebrated works, including 
    ``Democracy'', ``The Education of Henry Adams'', and his 9-volume 
    ``History of the United States during the Administrations of 
    Jefferson and Madison''.
        (8) Both individually and collectively, the members of this 
    illustrious family have enriched the Nation through their profound 
    civic consciousness, abiding belief in the perfectibility of the 
    Nation's democracy, and commitment to service and sacrifice for the 
    common good.
        (9) Although the Congress has authorized the establishment of 
    commemorative works on Federal lands in the District of Columbia 
    honoring such celebrated former Presidents as George Washington, 
    Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln, the National Capital has no 
    comparable memorial to former President John Adams.
        (10) In recognition of the 200th anniversary of the end of the 
    presidency of John Adams, the time has come to correct this 
    oversight so that future generations of Americans will know and 
    understand the preeminent historical and lasting significance to 
    the Nation of his contributions and those of his family.
    (b) Authority to Establish Commemorative Work.--The Adams Memorial 
Foundation may establish a commemorative work on Federal land in the 
District of Columbia and its environs to honor former President John 
Adams, along with his wife Abigail Adams and former President John 
Quincy Adams, and the family's legacy of public service.
    (c) Compliance with Standards for Commemorative Works.--The 
establishment of the commemorative work shall be in accordance with the 
Commemorative Works Act (40 U.S.C. 1001, et seq.).
    (d) Use of Federal Funds Prohibited.--Federal funds may not be used 
to pay any expense of the establishment of the commemorative work. The 
Adams Memorial Foundation shall be solely responsible for acceptance of 
contributions for, and payment of the expenses of, the establishment of 
the commemorative work.
    (e) Deposit of Excess Funds.--If, upon payment of all expenses of 
the establishment of the commemorative work (including the maintenance 
and preservation amount provided for in section 8(b) of the 
Commemorative Works Act (40 U.S.C. 1001, et seq.)), or upon expiration 
of the authority for the commemorative work under section 10(b) of such 
Act, there remains a balance of funds received for the establishment of 
the commemorative work, the Adams Memorial Foundation shall transmit 
the amount of the balance to the Secretary of the Treasury for deposit 
in the account provided for in section 8(b)(1) of such Act.

SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.

    For purposes of this Act, the terms ``commemorative work'' and 
``the District of Columbia and its environs'' have the meanings given 
to such terms in section 2 of the Commemorative Works Act (40 U.S.C. 
1002).

                               Speaker of the House of Representatives.

                            Vice President of the United States and    
                                               President of the Senate.