NWHM Senate Bill

110th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1841

To provide a site for the National Women’s History Museum in Washington, District of Columbia, and for other purposes.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

July 20, 2007
Ms. COLLINS (for herself, Mr. AKAKA, Mr. BENNETT, Mrs. BOXER, Ms. CANTWELL, Mrs. CLINTON, Mr. COLEMAN, Mr. DURBIN, Mrs. DOLE, Ms. KLOBUCHAR, Ms. LANDRIEU, Mrs. LINCOLN, Mrs. MCCASKILL, Ms. MIKULSKI, Ms. MURKOWSKI, Mrs. MURRAY, Ms. SNOWE, Ms. STABENOW, and Mr. VOINOVICH) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

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A BILL

To provide a site for the National Women’s History Museum in Washington, District of Columbia, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `National Women’s History Museum Act of 2007′.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

Congress finds that–

(1) the National Women’s History Museum was established–

(A) to research and present information relating to the historic contributions that women have made to all aspects of human endeavor; and

B) to explore and present in a fair and balanced way information relating to the contributions that women have made to the United States through the various roles that women have assumed in families and in society;

(A) concluded that `efforts to implement an appropriate celebration of women’s history in the next millennium should include the designation of a focal point for women’s history in our nation’s capital . . .’; and

(B) cited the efforts of the National Women’s History Museum toward the chievement of that goal;

(A) creating jobs;

(B) increasing visitor spending on hotels, meals, and transportation; and

(C) generating tax revenue for the District of Columbia.

(A) is a nonprofit organization, as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986; and

(B) in 1996, was incorporated in the District of Columbia.

(A) the sum of all costs incurred by the Administrator relating to the occupancy agreement; from

(B) the sum of all amounts received by the Administrator relating the occupancy agreement.

(A) commonly known as the `Old Post Office’; and

(B) located–

(i) in Washington, District of Columbia;

(ii) at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.; and

(iii) in the northwest corner of a parcel of land bounded by–

(I) Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.;

(II) 10th Street, N.W.;

(III) Constitution Avenue, N.W.; and

(IV) 12th Street, N.W.

(A) commonly known as the `Pavilion Annex’; and

(B) located–

(i) in Washington, District of Columbia;

(ii) adjacent to the Old Post Office;

(iii) on Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., to the east of 11th Street N.W.; and

(iv) on a parcel of land bounded on 3 sides by buildings operated by the Internal Revenue Service.

(A) IN GENERAL- Subject to subparagraph (B), the term of the occupancy agreement shall be negotiated between the Administrator and the Museum Sponsor.

B) MAXIMUM TERM- The term of the occupancy agreement shall extend for a period of not more than 99 years.

(A) casualty;

(B) financial nonperformance; or

(C) any other appropriate circumstance, as determined by the Administrator.

(1) IN GENERAL- The Museum Sponsor shall pay to the Administrator rent in an amount equal to the fair market rental value of the Pavilion Annex, as determined by a method described in paragraph (2).

(2) DETERMINATION OF FAIR MARKET RENTAL VALUE- The fair market rental value of the Pavilion Annex shall be determined in a manner consistent with–

(A) an agreement negotiated between the Administrator and the Museum Sponsor; or

(B) an appraisal of the Pavilion Annex, in accordance with instructions agreed to by the Administrator and the Museum Sponsor.

1) regardless of use, allow for the unimpeded operation (including the provision of security) of any adjacent real property or building; and

(2) to meet the operational requirements of any adjacent real property or building, reserve the rights of the Administrator to a certain quantity of square footage in the Pavilion Annex.

(1) IN GENERAL- Any activity relating to the renovation or modification of the Pavilion Annex shall–

(A) be the sole responsibility of the Museum Sponsor;

(B) be carried out by the Museum Sponsor, in consultation with the Administrator, using only non-Federal funds;

(C) be commenced not later than 5 years after the date on which the Administrator has entered into an occupancy agreement with the Museum Sponsor under section 4(a);

(D) be carried out consistent with a master plan that is–

(i) developed by the Museum Sponsor; and

(ii) approved by the Administrator;

(i) the National Women’s History Museum;

(ii) the Old Post Office;

(iii) any adjacent real property or building; and

(iv) the Federal Triangle development area.

(1) RESPONSIBILITY- Until the date on which the occupancy agreement is terminated, the Museum Sponsor shall be solely responsible for the operation and maintenance (including repairs and alterations) of the Pavilion Annex.

(2) MAINTENANCE OBLIGATIONS- To ensure that the Pavilion Annex is maintained in a manner consistent with the prominent location of the Pavilion Annex, the Museum Sponsor shall promptly perform any necessary exterior maintenance, as determined by the Administrator.

(1) IN GENERAL- Subject to paragraph (2), the authority of the Administrator under this section shall not be subject to–

(A) section 525 or 549 of title 40, United States Code; or

(B) any other Federal law.

(1) limits the authority of the Commission; or

(2) affects the authority of the Commission relating to the development of the Federal Triangle development area.

(1) the initial modification and renovation of the Pavilion Annex; and

(2) the operation and maintenance of the National Women’s History Museum, including any service necessary to ensure the preservation and operation of the National Women’s History Museum, as determined by the Administrator.

(c) Improvements- On the date on which the occupancy agreement terminates, any improvement to the Pavilion Annex shall be considered to be the property of the United States.

(1) the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate;

(2) the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives; and

(3) the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the House of Representatives.

(1) a summary of any unresolved issue between the Administrator and the Museum Sponsor relating to the occupancy agreement; and

(2) an analysis of the position of the Administrator relating to any unresolved issue summarized under paragraph (1).

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