December 9, 2013
As ordered reported by the House Committee on Natural Resources on December 4, 2013
H.R. 2319 would amend the Native American Veterans’ Memorial Establishment Act of 1994. The bill would authorize the memorial to be built on the property of the National Museum of the American Indian (part of the Smithsonian Institution) in lieu of the current requirement that the memorial be placed inside of that museum. Additionally, the legislation would make the museum, along with the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), responsible for accepting contributions for and paying the expenses of the memorial. Under current law, the NCAI is solely responsible for those activities.
Based on information provided by the National Park Service and the Smithsonian Institution, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 2319 would have no significant impact on the federal budget. Enacting H.R. 2319 would not affect direct spending or revenues because the receipt and expenditure of gifts to the Smithsonian are not recorded in the federal budget; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.
H.R. 2319 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would not affect the budgets of state, local, or tribal governments.