July 25, 2006 - Issue: Vol. 152, No. 99 — Daily Edition109th Congress (2005 - 2006) - 2nd Session
AUTHORIZING ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE KENNEDY CENTER; Congressional Record Vol. 152, No. 99
(House of Representatives - July 25, 2006)
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[Pages H5761-H5762] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] AUTHORIZING ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE KENNEDY CENTER Mr. SHUSTER. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and pass the bill (H.R. 5187) to amend the John F. Kennedy Center Act to authorize additional appropriations for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for fiscal year 2007. The Clerk read as follows: H.R. 5187 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS. (a) Maintenance, Repair, and Security.--Section 13(a) of the John F. Kennedy Center Act (20 U.S.C. 76r(a)) is amended-- (1) in paragraph (1) by striking ``and'' at the end; (2) in paragraph (2) by striking ``, 2006, and 2007.'' and inserting ``and 2006; and''; and (3) by adding at the end the following: ``(3) $19,100,000 for fiscal year 2007.''. (b) Capital Projects.--Section 13(b) of such Act (20 U.S.C. 76r(b)) is amended-- (1) in paragraph (1) by striking ``and'' at the end; (2) in paragraph (2) by striking ``, 2006, and 2007.'' and inserting ``and 2006; and''; and (3) by adding at the end the following: ``(3) $20,000,000 for fiscal year 2007.''. The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from Pennsylvania (Mr. Shuster) and the gentleman from Minnesota (Mr. Oberstar) each will control 20 minutes. The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Pennsylvania. General Leave Mr. SHUSTER. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all Members have 5 legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on H.R. 5187. The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the gentleman from Pennsylvania? There was no objection. Mr. SHUSTER. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume. H.R. 5187 was introduced by Chairman Young and Ranking Member Oberstar on April 25, 2006. The bill amends the John F. Kennedy Center Act to authorize additional appropriations for the Kennedy Center for fiscal year 2007. The current authorization for fiscal year 2007 is $36 million for the capital projects and the maintenance, repair and security accounts. H.R. 5187 raises the previously authorized level for fiscal year 2007 from $36 million to $39.1 million to align the authorized level with that requested in the President's budget. The slight increase in authorization will allow the Kennedy Center to proceed with the scheduled renovation of the Eisenhower Theater. Programing for the theater has been cancelled because of the renovation. It is critical that renovation proceed as scheduled to minimize the time the theater is offline. The additional authorization will also allow the Kennedy Center to continue necessary operations, maintenance requirements, including many life safety upgrades. H.R. 5187 will help ensure that the Kennedy Center is authorized to use all funds appropriated in support of the President's budget for fiscal year 2007. I support this measure, and urge my colleagues to do the same. Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time. Mr. OBERSTAR. Mr. Speaker, the gentleman from Pennsylvania has indeed explained the principal provisions [[Page H5762]] of the bill. We did here increase the capital program authorization to $20 million for fiscal 2007 from the current $18 million. And we increase the maintenance, repair and security authorization to $19.1 million, from the previous level of 18 million. That will allow the Center to proceed with renovation of the Eisenhower theater, and life safety projects associated with the roof terrace. A major assessment of the Center indicated needs to enhance safety, and these are costs in addition to what the Center is capable of providing, so the authorization level will be consistent with those recommendations. And the bill is also consistent with the administration's budget request to provide funding, and for the appropriation amounts included in the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriation bill. The Kennedy Center is the Nation's outstanding center for the performing arts. It is a world renowned center for the performing arts, and is a national treasure. It is, in fact, a national historic site. It is under the jurisdiction of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. We treat it as a national treasure. These are investments in the future well-being of that structure. And the investments that we have made through this committee over many years at the time that the chairman of the subcommittee, the gentleman from Pennsylvania, Mr. Shuster, and the previous chairman of the full committee, Mr. Shuster, has seen to the needs, the investment that keep this Center for the Performing Arts a world premiere facility. As President John F. Kennedy said, ``a Nation without the arts has nothing to look backward to with pride, nor forward to with hope.'' The investment that we make in the facility of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts allows us to look forward with hope to the grandeur and the joy of the spirit, the human spirit that is provided by the performing arts. Mr. Speaker, I yield back the balance of my time. Mr. SHUSTER. Mr. Speaker, we have no further speakers. I yield back the balance of my time. The SPEAKER pro tempore. The question is on the motion offered by the gentleman from Pennsylvania (Mr. Shuster) that the House suspend the rules and pass the bill, H.R. 5187. The question was taken; and (two-thirds having voted in favor thereof) the rules were suspended and the bill was passed. A motion to reconsider was laid on the table. ____________________