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106th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session                                                     106-679

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          ESTABLISHMENT OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN INTERPRETIVE CENTER

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 June 19, 2000.--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. 3084]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

  The Committee on Resources, to whom was referred the bill 
(H.R. 3084) to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to 
contribute funds for the establishment of an interpretative 
center on the life and contributions of President Abraham 
Lincoln, having considered the same, report favorably thereon 
with an amendment and recommend that the bill as amended do 
pass.
  The amendment is as follows:
  Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert in lieu 
thereof the following:

SECTION 1. CONTRIBUTIONS TOWARD ESTABLISHMENT OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN 
                    INTERPRETIVE CENTER.

  (a) Grants Authorized.--Subject to subsections (b) and (c), the 
Secretary of the Interior shall make grants to contribute funds for the 
establishment in Springfield, Illinois, of an interpretive center to 
preserve and make available to the public materials related to the life 
of President Abraham Lincoln and to provide interpretive and 
educational services which communicate the meaning of the life of 
Abraham Lincoln.
  (b) Plan and Design.--
          (1) Submission.--Not later than 18 months after the date of 
        enactment of this Act, the entity selected by the Secretary of 
        the Interior to receive grants under subsection (a) shall 
        submit to the Secretary a plan and design for the interpretive 
        center, including a description of the following:
                  (A) The design of the facility and site.
                  (B) The method of acquisition.
                  (C) The estimated cost of acquisition, construction, 
                operation, and maintenance.
                  (D) The manner and extent to which non-Federal 
                entities will participate in the acquisition, 
                construction, operation, and maintenance of the center.
          (2) Consultation and cooperation.--The plan and design for 
        the interpretive center shall be prepared in consultation with 
        the Secretary of the Interior and the Governor of Illinois and 
        in cooperation with such other public, municipal, and private 
        entities as the Secretary considers appropriate.
  (c) Conditions on Grant.--
          (1) Matching requirement.--A grant under subsection (a) may 
        not be made until such time as the entity selected to receive 
        the grant certifies to the Secretary of the Interior that funds 
        have been contributed by the State of Illinois or raised from 
        non-Federal sources for use to establish the interpretive 
        center in an amount equal to at least double the amount of that 
        grant.
          (2) Relation to other lincoln-related sites and museums.--The 
        Secretary of the Interior shall further condition the grant 
        under subsection (a) on the agreement of the grant recipient to 
        operate the resulting interpretive center in cooperation with 
        other Federal and non-Federal historic sites, parks, and 
        museums that represent significant locations or events in the 
        life of Abraham Lincoln. Cooperative efforts to promote and 
        interpret the life of Abraham Lincoln may include the use of 
        cooperative agreements, cross references, cross promotion, and 
        shared exhibits.
  (d) Prohibition on Contribution of Operating Funds.--Grant amounts 
may not be used for the maintenance or operation of the interpretive 
center.
  (e) Non-Federal Operation.--The Secretary of Interior shall have no 
involvement in the actual operation of the interpretive center, except 
at the request of the non-Federal entity responsible for the operation 
of the center.
  (f) Authorization of Appropriations.--There are authorized to be 
appropriated to the Secretary of the Interior a total of $50,000,000 to 
make grants under subsection (a). Amounts so appropriated shall remain 
available for expenditure through fiscal year 2006.

                          purpose of the bill

    The purpose of H.R. 3084 is to authorize the Secretary of 
the Interior to contribute funds for the establishment of an 
interpretive center on the life and contributions of President 
Abraham Lincoln.

                  background and need for legislation

    H.R. 3084 authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to 
contribute up to $50,000,000 in matching funds for the 
construction of an interpretive center on the life and 
contributions of President Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, 
Illinois. The planned two-part Abraham Lincoln Presidential 
Library and interpretive center will consist of a museum 
portion and a library and archives. Some of the more well-known 
artifacts include a manuscript of the Gettysburg Address 
written in Lincoln's hand, a signed copy of the Emancipation 
Proclamation, the tablecloth from his wedding reception, and 
the desk and inkwell Lincoln used to write his first Inaugural 
Address.
    H.R. 3084 would authorize the Secretary to contribute up to 
$50,000,000 for the construction of the center, and specifies 
that all non-federal funds be in an amount equal to at least 
double the amount of the matching federal grant. The bill does 
not provide funding for maintenance or operation of the 
facility.

                            committee action

    H.R. 3084 was introduced on October 14, 1999, by 
Congressman John Shimkus (R-IL). The bill was referred to the 
Committee on Resources, and within the Committee to the 
Subcommittee on National Parks and Public Lands. On March 14, 
2000, the Subcommittee held a hearing on the bill. On April 13, 
2000, the Subcommittee met to consider the bill. No amendments 
were offered and the bill was ordered favorably reported to the 
Full Committee by voice vote. On June 7, 2000, the Full 
Committee met to consider the bill. An amendment was offered by 
Congressman Mark Souder (R-IN) which conditions the grants 
given for the Lincoln Interpretive Center by ensuring that the 
recipient operate the Center in cooperation with other sites in 
promoting or interpreting Abraham Lincoln. The amendment was 
adopted by voice vote. No further amendments were offered and 
the bill, as amended, was 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 of the Constitution of the United 
States grants 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 
revenues or tax expenditures.
    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,
                                      Wahington, DC, June 16, 2000.
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. 3084, a bill to 
authorize the Secretary of the Interior to contribute funds for 
the establishment of an interpretive center on the life and 
contributions of President Abraham Lincoln.
    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. 3084--A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to 
        contribute funds for the establishment of an interpretive 
        center on the life and contributions of President Abraham 
        Lincoln

    H.R. 3084 would direct the Secretary of the Interior to 
contribute up to $50 million toward the construction of an 
interpretive center in Illinois on the life and contributions 
of President Abraham Lincoln. Any grants, to be made to a 
nonfederal entity chosen by the Secretary, would be contingent 
on nonfederal groups raising twice the amount of the federal 
contribution. The bill would authorize the appropriation of $50 
million, to be available through fiscal year 2006. No federal 
funds would be used to operate or maintain the center.
    Assuming appropriation of the authorized amount, CBO 
estimates that the federal government would spend $47 million 
over the next five years, if nonfederal contributions become 
available to match the federal funding. (In fiscal year 2000, 
$3 million was appropriated for the center.)
    H.R. 3084 would not affect direct spending or receipts; 
therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures would not apply. The bill 
contains no private-sector or intergovernmental mandates as 
defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.
    The CBO staff contact is Deborah Reis. This 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 would make no changes in existing 
law.