Native American Veterans’ Memorial Amendments Act of 2013by Representative Markwayne Mullin
Posted on 2013-12-11
MULLIN. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and pass the
bill (H.R. 2319) to clarify certain provisions of the Native American
Veterans' Memorial Establishment Act of 1994, as amended.
The Clerk read the title of the bill.
The text of the bill is as follows: H.R. 2319 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 ``Native American Veterans' Memorial Amendments Act of 2013''.
SEC. 2. NATIVE AMERICAN VETERANS' MEMORIAL.
(a) Authority To Establish Memorial.--Section 3 of the Native American Veterans' Memorial Establishment Act of 1994 (20 U.S.C. 80q-5 note; 108 Stat. 4067) is amended-- (1) in subsection (b), by striking ``within the interior structure of the facility provided for by'' and inserting ``on property under the jurisdiction of the Museum on the site described in''; and (2) in subsection (c)(1), by striking ``, in consultation with the Museum, is'' and inserting ``and the National Museum of the American Indian are''.
(b) Payment of Expenses.--Section 4(a) of the Native American Veterans' Memorial Establishment Act of 1994 (20 U.S.C. 80q-5 note; 108 Stat. 4067) is amended-- (1) in the heading, by inserting ``and National Museum of the American Indian'' after ``American Indians''; and (2) in the first sentence, by striking ``shall be solely'' and inserting ``and the National Museum of the American Indian shall be''.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from Oklahoma (Mr. Mullin) and the gentleman from Arizona (Mr. Grijalva) each will control 20 minutes.
The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Oklahoma.
General Leave Mr. MULLIN. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all Members may have 5 legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the gentleman from Oklahoma? There was no objection.
Mr. MULLIN. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.
H.R. 2319 is a bill that would continue to recognize the efforts of all Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian veterans across the Nation. These brave soldiers, including my own grandfather, Kenneth Morris, sacrificed much for the country they love. It is important that we properly honor these brave soldiers and tell their story for generations to come.
As many of my colleagues know, last month Congress awarded Congressional Gold Medals to Native American code talkers from all over the country, a long overdue recognition for their bravery and valor. These men saved countless lives during World Wars I and II by using their native languages.
My bill amends a 1994 law that allows the National Museum of the American Indian more flexibility to design and raise funds for the building of a memorial. The memorial is currently authorized to be constructed inside the confines of the museum, but with the limited space within the museum itself, this bill provides for a more appropriate tribute.
This bipartisan bill has received overwhelming support from the National Congress of American Indians and the National Museum of the American Indian. As one of only two Native Americans in Congress, it has been my privilege to work to make this memorial a reality.
I ask for your support of this legislation which was reported by unanimous consent from the Committee on Natural Resources just last week and will require no cost to the American taxpayers.
Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.