H. R. 2197
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 10, 2019
Mr. DeFazio (for himself, Ms. Titus, Mr. Graves of Missouri, and Mr. Meadows) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
To amend the John F. Kennedy Center Act to authorize appropriations for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
John F. Kennedy Center Reauthorization Act of 2019.
Authorization of appropriations
Section 13 of the John F. Kennedy Center Act (20 U.S.C. 76r) is amended by striking subsections (a) and (b) and inserting the following:
Maintenance, repair, and security
There are authorized to be appropriated to the Board to carry out section 4(a)(1)(H)—
$26,000,000 for fiscal year 2020;
$27,000,000 for fiscal year 2021;
$28,000,000 for fiscal year 2022;
$29,000,000 for fiscal year 2023; and
$30,000,000 for fiscal year 2024.
There are authorized to be appropriated to the Board to carry out subparagraphs (F) and (G) of section 4(a)(1)—
$17,000,000 for fiscal year 2020;
$18,000,000 for fiscal year 2021;
$19,000,000 for fiscal year 2022;
$20,000,000 for fiscal year 2023; and
$21,000,000 for fiscal year 2024.
Commemoration of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Sense of Congress
It is the sense of Congress that the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (referred to in this Act as the
recognize the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Center;
acknowledge and commemorate the mission of the Center as a national center for the performing arts and a national memorial to President John F. Kennedy; and
recognize the 60th anniversary of the signing of the National Cultural Center Act (now known as the
John F. Kennedy Center Act) (20 U.S.C. 76h et seq.), signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on September 2, 1958.
Authorization for plaque
The Center shall place within the Center a plaque containing an inscription to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the National Cultural Center Act (20 U.S.C. 76h et seq.) by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The plaque shall be—
not less than 6 square feet in size; and
not more than 18 square feet in size;
of any shape that the Trustees of the Center determine to be appropriate; and
placed at a location within the Center approximate to the Eisenhower Theater that the Trustees of the Center determine to be appropriate.
No Federal funds may be used to design, procure, or install the plaque.
Subparagraph (A) shall not affect the payment of salaries, expenses, and benefits otherwise authorized by law for members and employees of the Center who participate in carrying out this subsection.
Private fundraising authorized
The Center may solicit and accept private contributions for the design, procurement, and installation of the plaque.
The Center may—
establish an account into which any contributions received pursuant to subparagraph (A) shall be deposited; and
maintain documentation of any contributions received pursuant to subparagraph (A).