This bill would establish the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission which would plan, develop, and coordinate the commemoration of American history leading up to the 250th anniversary of the country’s founding in 2026.
The commission would be made up of eight members of Congress evenly divided between the House and Senate, with two members each for the majority and minority from each chamber. Congress would also appoint 16 private citizens to the commission, dividing up their responsibility in the same way to ensure bipartisanship.
It would be responsible for the following:
Preparing an overall program for the commemoration;
Plan, encourage, develop, and coordinate activities to commemorate historic events related to America’s founding;
Emphasize the planning of events in historically significant places;
Give special emphasis to people and places that had a significant impact on U.S. history beginning with the Declaration of Independence and the ideas of the time.
Several federal entities would be directed to cooperate with the commission, including the:
Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities;
National Endowment for the Humanities;
Library of Congress;
The commission would be directed to enter into an agreement with USA 250, Inc. to house the commission’s administrative offices and its funds, and provide related services.