H. R. 5755
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
November 14, 2002
Mr. Roemer introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Resources
To authorize the establishment of a commemorative work on Federal land in the District of Columbia and its environs to honor James Madison in recognition of his distinguished career in public service.
Commemorative work to honor james madison
The Congress finds the following:
Few public servants have contributed more to the formation and continuance of the United States than former President James Madison, a patriot who served his country as a member of the Virginia Assembly, the United States Congress, and the executive branch of the Federal Government as Secretary of State and President.
James Madison's contributions to the drafting of the United States Constitution, despite his modest assertion that the document was ``not the offspring of a single brain,'' were unmatched by any single individual and appropriately earned him the moniker, ``Father of the Constitution''.
As a Member of Congress, James Madison was the primary champion of the Bill of Rights, which remains the most cherished and important declaration of individual and group liberties.
As Secretary of State, Madison was uniquely instrumental in securing the Louisiana Purchase and presenting America's protest against the seizure of American ships and sailors by England and France.
As President, Madison presided over the perilous War of 1812, demonstrating to the international community the strength and resolve of our young republic.
While Washington, D.C., is host to numerous commemorative works honoring some of the United States’ most cherished heroes, there is no fitting memorial in Washington, D.C., to acknowledge James Madison's distinguished career in public service.
Congressional authorization of commemorative work
Consistent with chapter 89 of title 40, United States Code, a commemorative work may be established on Federal land in the District of Columbia and its environs to honor former President James Madison in recognition of his distinguished career in public service.
Use of Federal funds
Federal funds may be used to establish the commemorative work authorized by subsection (b).
Deposit of excess funds
If, upon payment of all expenses of the establishment of the commemorative work (including the maintenance and preservation amount provided for in section 8906(b) of title 40, United States Code) authorized by subsection (b), or upon expiration of the authority for the commemorative work under section 8903(e) of such title, there remains a balance of funds received for the establishment of the commemorative work, the amount of the balance shall be transferred to the Secretary of the Treasury for deposit in the account provided for in section 8906(b)(1) of such title.
In this section, the terms
commemorative work and
the District of Columbia and its environs have the meanings given to such terms in section 8902 of title 40, United States Code.