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H.R. 2303 (enr) To direct the Librarian of Congress to prepare the history of the House of Representatives, and for other purposes. [Enrolled bill] ...

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  1st Session

                               H. R. 2303


                                 AN ACT

To direct the Librarian of Congress to prepare the history of the House 
              of Representatives, and for other purposes.
  1st Session
                                H. R. 2303


                                 AN ACT

To direct the Librarian of Congress to prepare the history of the House 
              of Representatives, and for other purposes.

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


    This Act may be cited as the ``History of the House Awareness and 
Preservation Act''.


    (a) In General.--Subject to available funding and in accordance 
with the requirements of this Act, the Librarian of Congress shall 
prepare, print, distribute, and arrange for the funding of, a new and 
complete written history of the House of Representatives, in 
consultation with the Committee on House Administration. In preparing 
this written history, the Librarian of Congress shall consult, 
commission, or engage the services or participation of, eminent 
historians, Members, and former Members of the House of 
    (b) Guidelines.--In carrying out subsection (a), the Librarian of 
Congress shall take into account the following:
            (1) The history should be an illustrated, narrative history 
        of the House of Representatives, organized chronologically.
            (2) The history's intended audience is the general reader, 
        as well as Members of Congress and their staffs.
            (3) The history should include a discussion of the First 
        and Second Continental Congresses and the Constitutional 
        Convention, especially with regard to their roles in creating 
        the House of Representatives.
    (c) Printing.--
            (1) In general.--The Librarian of Congress shall arrange 
        for the printing of the history.
            (2) Printing arrangements.--The printing may be performed--
                    (A) by the Public Printer pursuant to the 
                provisions of chapter 5 of title 44, United States 
                    (B) under a cooperative arrangement among the 
                Librarian of Congress, a private funding source 
                obtained pursuant to subsection (e), and a publisher in 
                the private sector; or
                    (C) under subparagraphs (A) and (B).
            (3) Internet dissemination.--Any arrangement under 
        paragraph (2) shall include terms for dissemination of the 
        history over the Internet via facilities maintained by the 
        United States Government.
            (4) Member copies.--To the extent that the history is 
        printed by the Public Printer, copies of the history provided 
        to the Congress under subsection (d) shall be charged to the 
        Government Printing Office's congressional allotment for 
        printing and binding.
    (d) Distribution.--The Librarian of Congress shall make the history 
available for sale to the public, and shall make available, free of 
charge, 5 copies to each Member of the House of Representatives and 250 
copies to the Senate.
    (e) Private Funding.--The Librarian of Congress shall solicit and 
accept funding for the preparation, publication, marketing, and public 
distribution of the history from private individuals, organizations, or 


    (a) In General.--The Librarian of Congress shall accept for 
deposit, preserve, maintain, and make accessible an oral history of the 
House of Representatives, as told by its Members and former Members, 
compiled and updated (on a voluntary or contract basis) by the United 
States Association of Former Members of Congress or other private 
organization. In carrying out this section, the Librarian of Congress 
may enlist the voluntary aid or assistance of such organization, or may 
contract with it for such services as may be necessary.
    (b) Definition of Oral History.--In this section, the term ``oral 
history'' means a story or history consisting of personal recollection 
as recorded by any one or more of the following means:
            (1) Interviews.
            (2) Transcripts.
            (3) Audio recordings.
            (4) Video recordings.
            (5) Such other form or means as may be suitable for the 
        recording and preservation of such information.


    It is the sense of the Congress that--
            (1) orientation programs for freshman Members of the House 
        of Representatives should contain a seminar on the history of 
        the House of Representatives; and
            (2) the Speaker of the House of Representatives should 
        conduct a series of forums on the topic of the history of the 
        House of Representatives.

            Passed the House of Representatives October 25, 1999.



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