H.R.965 – Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park Redesignation Act

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H.R.965 – Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park Redesignation Act


The purpose of H.R. 965 is to redesignate the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site as the “Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park.”

The Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site is a 190-acre historic site in Sullivan County, New Hampshire. The site encompasses the summer home, studio, and gardens of renowned American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, whose presence helped spawn the Cornish Artist Colony in Cornish, New Hampshire. The colony, which included painters, sculptors, architects, and artists from many other disciplines, helped drive the artistic movement known as the American Renaissance in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

    The Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site was authorized by Public Law 88-543 on August 31, 1964, and was established by the Secretary of the Interior on May 30, 1977. The main house and surrounding terraced gardens were donated to the National Park Service (NPS) by the Saint-Gaudens Memorial, an organization dedicated to preserving the home as a historic site. Subsequently, NPS acquired the adjacent Saint-Gaudens Farm, and the historic site boundary was expanded in 2000. In 2010, NPS acquired the adjacent Blow-Me-Down-Farm, the social hub of the Cornish Artist Colony.

    H.R. 965 redesignates the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site as the Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park.

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(Full text of H.R. 965 congress.gov)

Sponsor:  Rep. Kuster, Ann M. [D-NH-2] (Introduced 02/07/2017)

Status: Passed House /



On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 401 – 0 (Roll no. 545

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Cost to the taxpayers:  Redesignating the site may require NPS to update maps, handouts, and signage. On the basis of the costs of similar tasks, CBO estimates that those costs would be insignificant and would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds.

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  Enacting H.R. 965 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.

Regulatory and Other Impact:    H.R. 965 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would not affect the budgets of state, local, or tribal governments.

Dynamic Scoring:   CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 965 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2028.

Tax Complexity:  Not applicable to this bill.

Earmark Certification:  This bill does not contain any Congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited tariff benefits as defined under clause 9(e), 9(f), and 9(g) of rule XXI of the Rules of the House of Representatives.

Duplication of programs: Data not available

Direct Rule-Making:  Data not available

Advisory Committee Statement: Data not available

Budget Authority: Data not available

Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.


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