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H.R. 1063 (116th): Presidential Library Donation Reform Act of 2019

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Should donations to presidential libraries be publicly disclosed, or allowed to remain private? The Presidential Library Donation Reform Act would change the current system.


Every president since Herbert Hoover in the 1930s has had a post-White House presidential library built in their honor, essentially a museum telling the story of their life and presidency in (of course) very favorable terms.

These libraries' costs have surged in recent years, with Bill Clinton's in Arkansas costing $165 million, George W. Bush's in Texas costing $250 million, and Obama's library which is slated to be built in in Illinois will cost an estimated $500 million.

Presidents can begin raising money for these libraries while still in the White House, with little to no public transparency requirements. As some have noted …

Sponsor and status

Elijah Cummings

Sponsor. Representative for Maryland's 7th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 12, 2019
Length: 7 pages
Feb 7, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on February 11, 2019 but was never passed by the Senate.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


2 Cosponsors (2 Republicans)



Feb 7, 2019

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Feb 11, 2019
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

H.R. 1063 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 1063. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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