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106th Congress Report
1st Session HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 106-448
COMMEMORATING THE ``I HAVE A DREAM'' SPEECH AT THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL
November 4, 1999.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the
State of the Union and ordered to be printed
Mr. Young of Alaska, from the Committee on Resources, submitted the
R E P O R T
[To accompany H.R. 2879]
[Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]
The Committee on Resources, to whom was referred the bill
(H.R. 2879) to provide for the placement at the Lincoln
Memorial of a plaque commemorating the speech of Martin Luther
King, Jr., known as the ``I Have a Dream'' speech, having
considered the same, report favorably thereon without amendment
and recommend that the bill do pass.
purpose of the bill
The purpose of H.R. 2879 is to provide for the placement at
the Lincoln Memorial of a plaque commemorating the speech of
Martin Luther King, Jr., known as the ``I Have a Dream''
background and need for legislation
H.R. 2879 would provide for the placement at the Lincoln
Memorial of a plaque commemorating the Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr, ``I Have a Dream'' speech. The plaque would be placed in an
appropriate location on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where
Dr. King delivered his famous civil rights speech on August 28,
1963. This bill also directs the Secretary of the Interior to
accept contributions to help offset any costs associated with
the preparation and placement of the plaque.
H.R. 2879 was introduced on September 15, 1999, by
Congresswoman Anne Northup (R-KY). The bill was referred to the
Committee on Resources, and within the Committee to the
Subcommittee on National Parks and Public Lands. On October 27,
1999, the Full Committee met to consider the bill. The
Subcommittee on National Parks and Public Lands was discharged
from further consideration of the bill by unanimous consent. No
amendments were offered and the bill was then ordered favorably
reported to the House of Representatives by voice vote.
committee oversight findings and recommendations
Regarding clause 2(b)(1) of rule X and clause 3(c)(1) of
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the
Committee on Resources' oversight findings and recommendations
are reflected in the body of this report.
constitutional authority statement
Article I, section 8 and Article IV, section 3 of the
Constitution of the United States grant Congress the authority
to enact this bill.
compliance with house rule xiii
1. Cost of Legislation. Clause 3(d)(2) of rule XIII of the
Rules of the House of Representatives requires an estimate and
a comparison by the Committee of the costs which would be
incurred in carrying out this bill. However, clause 3(d)(3)(B)
of that rule provides that this requirement does not apply when
the Committee has included in its report a timely submitted
cost estimate of the bill prepared by the Director of the
Congressional Budget Office under section 402 of the
Congressional Budget Act of 1974.
2. Congressional Budget Act. As required by clause 3(c)(2)
of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives and
section 308(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, this
bill does not contain any new budget authority, spending
authority, credit authority, or an increase or decrease in tax
expenditures. According to the Congressional Budget Office,
enactment of H.R. 2879 could increase revenues to the
government by a negligible amount which would be credited to
the discretionary appropriation that funds operation and
maintenance of the memorial.
3. Government Reform Oversight Findings. Under clause
3(c)(4) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of
Representatives, the Committee has received no report of
oversight findings and recommendations from the Committee on
Government Reform on this bill.
4. Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate. Under clause
3(c)(3) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of
Representatives and section 403 of the Congressional Budget Act
of 1974, the Committee has received the following cost estimate
for this bill from the Director of the Congressional Budget
Congressional Budget Office,
Washington, DC, November 2, 1999.
Hon. Don Young,
Chairman, Committee on Resources,
House of Representatives, Washington, DC.
Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has
prepared the enclosed cost estimate for H.R. 2879, a bill to
provide for the placement at the Lincoln Memorial of a plaque
commemorating the speech of Martin Luther King Jr. known as the
``I Have a Dream'' speech.
If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact is Deborah Reis.
Barry B. Anderson
(For Dan L. Crippen, Director).
H.R. 2879--A bill to provide for the placement at the Lincoln Memorial
of a plaque commemorating the speech of Martin Luther King Jr.
known as the ``I Have a Dream'' speech
H.R. 2879 would direct the Secretary of the Interior to
install on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial a plaque
commemorating the Martin Luther King Jr. speech, ``I Have a
Dream.'' The bill would allow the secretary to accept donations
to defray the costs of preparing and installing the plaque. Any
amounts received would be credited to the discretionary
appropriation that funds operation and maintenance of the
CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 2879 would cost less
than $50,000 in fiscal year 2000 or 2001, assuming
appropriation of the necessary amounts. Some of this cost may
be offset by private donations, but we expect that any amounts
collected would be negligible. Because donations to the
government are recorded as revenues, enacting the bill could
affect receipts; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures would not
H.R. 2879 contains no intergovernmental of private-sector
mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and
would not affect the budgets of state, local, or tribal
The staff contact for this estimate is Deborah Reis. The
estimate was approved by Peter H. Fontaine, Deputy Assistant
Director for Budget Analysis.
COMPLIANCE WITH PUBLIC LAW 104-4
This bill contains no unfunded mandates.
PREEMPTION OF STATE, LOCAL, OR TRIBAL LAW
This bill is not intended to preempt any State, local or
CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW
If enacted, this bill makes no changes in existing law.