H.R.2989 – Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission Act

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H.R.2989 – Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission Act

Brief

‘Born into slavery on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 1818 and given the name Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey after his mother Harriet Bailey, Frederick Douglass has been called the father of the civil rights movement.

‘Douglass rose through determination, brilliance, and eloquence to shape the American Nation. He was an abolitionist, human rights and women’s rights activist, orator, author, journalist, publisher, and social reformer.’

The year 2018 marks the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass, and a commission should be established to plan, develop, and carry out, and to recommend to Congress, programs and activities that are fitting and         proper to celebrate that anniversary in a manner that appropriately honors Frederick Douglass.

To that end there is established a commission to be known as the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission.

The Commission shall have the following duties:

To plan, develop, and carry out programs and activities that are fitting and proper to honor Frederick Douglass on the occasion of the bicentennial anniversary of Douglass’ birth.

To recommend to Congress programs and activities that the Commission considers fitting and proper to honor Frederick Douglass on such occasion, and the entity or entities in the Federal Government that the Commission considers most         appropriate to carry out such programs and activities.

The Commission shall be composed of 16 members appointed as follows:

(1) Two members, each of whom shall be a qualified citizen appointed by the President.

(2) One member, who shall be a qualified citizen appointed by the President on the recommendation of the Governor of Maryland.

(3) One member, who shall be a qualified citizen appointed by the President on the recommendation of the Governor of Massachusetts.

(4) One member, who shall be a qualified citizen appointed by the President on the         recommendation of the Governor of New York.

(5) One member, who shall be a qualified citizen appointed by the President on the recommendation of the Mayor of the District of Columbia.

(6) Three members, at least one of whom shall be a Member of the House of Representatives, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

(7) Three members, at least one of whom shall be a Senator, appointed by the majority leader of the Senate.

(8) Two members, at least one of whom shall be a Member of the House of Representatives, appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives.

(9) Two members, at least one of whom shall be a Senator, appointed by the minority leader of the Senate.

(Full text of H.R. 2989 congress.gov)

Sponsor:  Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large] (Introduced 06/21/2017)

Status: Passed House /

VOTES and FLOOR ACTION

HOUSE

On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

House Amendments:

Motion to recommit:

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SENATE

On Passage:

Procedural Actions:

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COST AND IMPACT

Cost to the taxpayersCBO estimates that implementing the bill would cost about $2 million over the 2018-2022 period; assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts.

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  Enacting H.R. 2989 would affect direct spending because it would authorize the commission to accept and spend monetary gifts; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. However, CBO estimates that the net effect on direct spending would be negligible. Enacting the bill would not affect revenues.

Regulatory and Other Impact: H.R. 2989 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments.

Dynamic Scoring:   CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 2989 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:  Data not available

Duplication of programs: In accordance with clause 2(c)(5) of rule XIII no provision of this bill establishes or reauthorizes a program of the Federal Government known to be duplicative of another Federal program

Direct Rule-Making:  The Committee estimates that enacting this bill does not direct the completion of any specific rule makings within the meaning of section 551 or title 5, United States Code.

Advisory Committee Statement:    The Committee finds the legislation does not establish or authorize the establishment of an advisory committee within the definition of Section 5(b) of the appendix to title 5, United States Code.

Budget Authority: Data not available

Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.

 

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