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106th Congress                                                   Report
  1st Session           HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                106-448

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  COMMEMORATING THE ``I HAVE A DREAM'' SPEECH AT THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL

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November 4, 1999.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed

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  Mr. Young of Alaska, from the Committee on Resources, submitted the 
                               following

                              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'' 
speech.

                  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.

                            committee action

    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 
Office:

                                     U.S. Congress,
                               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.
            Sincerely,
                                          Barry B. Anderson
                                    (For Dan L. Crippen, Director).
    Enclosure.

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 
memorial.
    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 
apply.
    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 
governments.
    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 
tribal law.

                        CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW

    If enacted, this bill makes no changes in existing law.