Congressional Action for Museums

Congressional Actions Related To The Creation Of Museums In The Washington, Dc Area

P.L. 95-596 – Joint resolution to initiate preliminary studies for the restoration and renovation of the Pension Building in Washington, DC, to house a Museum of the Building Arts, and for other purposes  (November 4, 1978).

P.L. 96-515 – Title III of the National Historic Preservation Act-To authorize and direct the Secretary of Interior and the Administrator of the General Services Administration enter into a cooperative agreement with the Committee for a National Museum of the Building Arts, Inc. for the operation of a National Museum for the Building Arts in a Federal Building located in the block bounded by Fourth Street, Fifth Street, F. Street and G street (the Pension Building)
( December 12, 1980).

P.L. 101-185 – To establish the National Museum of the American Indian within the Smithsonian Institution (November 28, 1989).

P.L. 103-98 – To authorize the Board of Regents to plan, design, construct and equip additional space at the East Court of the National Museum of Natural History (October 6, 1993).

P.L. 103-151 – To authorize planning, and construction of the West Court of the National Museum of Natural History (November 24, 1993).

P.L. 103-337 – (Section 1067) (Defense Authorization Act of 1994) – To transfer property to the General Services Administration for the purpose of establishing a National Museum of Health and Science (October 5, 1994).

P.L. 104-222 – To authorize construction of the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum Dulles Center at Washington International Airport (October 2, 1996).

P.L. 105-240 – Making continuing appropriations for the fiscal year 1999.  This incorporated the District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 1999, which provided for the “establishment and operation of a Museum of the City of Washington, D.C. at the Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square, $2,000,000, to remain available until expended, to be deposited in a separate account of the Society used exclusively for the establishment and operation of such Museum” (January 27, 1998).

P.L. 106-492 – To establish the National Law Enforcement Museum on Federal land in the District of Columbia (November 9, 2000).

P.L. 106-522 – Provides for “a Federal payment to the Federal City Council for the establishment of a National Museum of American Music, $250,000, to remain available until expended: Provided, That such funds shall be used for the costs of activities necessary to complete the planning phase for such Museum, including the costs of personnel, design projects, environmental assessments, and the preparation of requests for proposals: Provided further, That such funds shall be deposited into a separate account of the Federal City Council used exclusively for the establishment of such Museum”. (November 22, 2000).

P.L. 107-106 – To establish the National Museum of African American History and Culture Plan for Action Presidential Commission to develop a plan of action for the establishment and maintenance of the National Museum of African History and Culture in Washington D.C. (December 28, 2001).

P.L. 107-224 – To authorize the Secretary of Transportation to carry out a project for the construction of a plaza adjacent to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  This plaza will allow the Kennedy Center to construct a museum of performing arts on top of the planned plaza.  (September 18, 2002).

P.L. 108-81 – To reauthorize the Museum and Library Services Act.  Amends 20 U.S.C. 9172 (1)), to include museum sites.  (September 25, 2003).

H.R. 1012 – Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic site Establishment Act of 2003 – Directs the Secretary of the Interior to establish as a unit of the National park system the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site in the District of Columbia (Passed by House May 2003 and Senate November 2003; Authorizes Appropriations).

H.R. 3491 – To authorize the National museum of African American History and Culture (Passed by House and Senate November 2003 – awaiting President’s signature).

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