IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
February 3, 2022
Mr. Coons (for himself and Mr. Boozman) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To authorize the Embassy of France in Washington, DC, to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs to honor the extraordinary contributions of Jean Monnet to restoring peace between European nations and establishing the European Union, and for other purposes.
Authorization to establish commemorative work
Congress finds that—
the United States and France share a long and mutually beneficial relationship;
the relationship between the United States and France is built on a shared commitment to the values of democracy, human rights, the rule of law, security, and prosperity;
a key North Atlantic Treaty Organization ally; and
an important bilateral economic partner to the United States;
Jean Monnet was a French diplomat who played an influential role in—
the founding of the European Union; and
restoring and maintaining peace throughout Europe;
Jean Monnet served as Deputy Secretary-General of the League of Nations, the first worldwide intergovernmental organization established to maintain world peace;
Jean Monnet served as Chair of the Anglo-French Coordinating Committee during World War II to unite British and French war efforts;
after France surrendered to Germany on June 22, 1940, Jean Monnet served on the British Purchasing Commission to facilitate the production and purchase of armaments for the war effort;
served as an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt; and
played a critical role in the United States by providing necessary armaments and aid to European allies during World War II;
Jean Monnet led the development and implementation of the Modernization and Re-equipment Plan, which spurred economic recovery in France after World War II;
Jean Monnet co-authored the Schuman Declaration—
bound together French and German industries after World War II to revitalize the European economy and ensure peace; and
led to the establishment of the European Coal and Steel Community; and
the date of enactment of which, May 9, has been adopted as
Europe Day by the European Union;
Jean Monnet served as the first president of the High Authority of the European Coal and Steel Community;
Jean Monnet founded the Action Committee for the United States of Europe, which is recognized as having laid the foundation for the establishment of the European Union;
on April 2, 1976, the European Council of the European Union presented the first ever Honorary Citizen of Europe award to Jean Monnet for his extraordinary efforts to promote European cooperation;
in 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson presented Jean Monnet with the Presidential Medal of Freedom; and
had a residence near Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC;
enjoyed taking long walks through Rock Creek Park;
affectionately referred to Rock Creek Park as
my park; and
claimed that long walks through Rock Creek Park helped him to think and develop plans to achieve peace and unity in Europe.
In this section:
Embassy means the Embassy of France in Washington, DC.
Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.
The Embassy may establish a commemorative work on Federal land in the District of Columbia and its environs to honor the extraordinary contributions of Jean Monnet with respect to—
restoring peace between European nations; and
establishing the European Union.
Compliance with standards for commemorative works
The establishment of the commemorative work under this section shall be in accordance with chapter 89 of title 40, United States Code (commonly known as the
Commemorative Works Act).
Prohibition on the use of Federal funds
Federal funds may not be used to pay any expense of the establishment of the commemorative work under this section.
Responsibility of the embassy of france in washington, DC
The Embassy shall be solely responsible for the acceptance of contributions for, and the payment of the expenses of, the establishment of the commemorative work under this section.
Deposit of excess funds
If, on payment of all expenses for the establishment of the commemorative work under this section (including the maintenance and preservation amount required by section 8906(b)(1) of title 40, United States Code), there remains a balance of funds received for the establishment of the commemorative work, the Embassy shall transmit the amount of the balance to the Secretary for deposit in the account provided for in section 8906(b)(3) of that title.
On expiration of authority
If, on expiration of the authority for the commemorative work under section 8903(e) of title 40, United States Code, there remains a balance of funds received for the establishment of the commemorative work under this section, the Embassy shall transmit the amount of the balance to a separate account with the National Park Foundation for memorials, to be available to the Secretary of the Interior or the Administrator of General Services, as appropriate, in accordance with the process provided in paragraph (4) of section 8906(b) of that title for accounts established under paragraph (2) or (3) of that section.
Determination of budgetary effects
The budgetary effects of this Act, for the purpose of complying with the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, shall be determined by reference to the latest statement titled
Budgetary Effects of PAYGO Legislation for this Act, submitted for printing in the Congressional Record by the Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, provided that such statement has been submitted prior to the vote on passage.