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H.R. 1703: National Children’s Museum Act


The text of the bill below is as of May 12, 2021 (Reported by House Committee).


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Union Calendar No. 17

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1703

[Report No. 117–32]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 9, 2021

(for herself and Mr. Rodney Davis of Illinois) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

May 12, 2021

Additional sponsors: Mr. Raskin, Mr. Sarbanes, Mr. Beyer, Ms. McCollum, Mr. Hastings, Ms. Stevens, Mr. Connolly, Ms. Pingree, Mr. Lowenthal, Mr. Fitzpatrick, Ms. Herrera Beutler, Ms. Wexton, Mr. Swalwell, Mrs. Bustos, and Mr. Wittman

May 12, 2021

Reported from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure; committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed


A BILL

To amend title 40, United States Code, to require the Administrator of General Services to enter into a cooperative agreement with the National Children’s Museum to provide the National Children’s Museum rental space without charge in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, and for other purposes.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the National Children’s Museum Act.

2.

National Children’s Museum

(a)

Findings

Congress finds that—

(1)

the Museum and Library Services Act of 2003 (Public Law 108–81) designated the Capital Children’s Museum, the predecessor to the National Children's Museum, as the National Children’s Museum;

(2)

the National Children’s Museum operates under section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and is organized under the laws of the District of Columbia;

(3)

the mission of the National Children’s Museum is to inspire children to care about and change the world; and

(4)

the National Children’s Museum is located in the federally owned Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

(b)

National Children’s Museum

Chapter 67 of title 40, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

6735.

National Children’s Museum

(a)

In general

Not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this section, the Administrator of General Services shall enter into a cooperative agreement with the National Children’s Museum for the operation of the National Children’s Museum in the approximately 32,369 square feet of space commonly known as suite C–001 (hereinafter referred to as the Space) of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center for the duration of the retail space license agreement between Trade Center Management Associates, LLC, or a successor entity, and the Museum, dated December 4, 2017, including any exercised renewal options.

(b)

Contents

The cooperative agreement under subsection (a) shall include provisions that—

(1)

require, for the period in which the General Services Administration owns or controls the Space, the General Services Administration to provide rent for the Space; and

(2)

terminate such agreement if—

(A)

the Museum does not continue to qualify as a nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986; and

(B)

the Museum no longer uses the Space as a children’s museum; and

(3)

prohibits the Museum from transferring the interest in such agreement.

(c)

Source of funds

To carry out this section, the Administrator shall use funds derived from—

(1)

the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation fund; or

(2)

the International Trade Center fund.

(d)

Report

The cooperative agreement under subsection (a) shall require the National Children’s Museum to submit to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Environment and Public Works of the Senate an annual report on the operations and finances of the Museum.

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(c)

Clerical amendment

The analysis for chapter 67 of title 40, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

6735. National Children’s Museum.

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May 12, 2021

Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed