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United States Marshals Service 225th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act

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Location: Washington, DC

Mr. STIVERS. Madam Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and concur in the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 886) to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the 225th anniversary of the establishment of the Nation's first Federal law enforcement agency, the United States Marshals Service.

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Mr. STIVERS. I yield myself as much time as I may consume.

I rise today to urge the House to concur in two minor amendments made by the Senate to H.R. 886, introduced by the gentleman from Arkansas (Mr. Womack) and passed by the House last December with more than 300 cosponsors.

The amendments, which are unobjectionable, merely certify that the coins produced under the program outlined in the bill will comply with existing law requiring that they be produced at no cost to the taxpayers.

Madam Speaker, 112 Congresses ago, during the first session of the first Congress, George Washington signed into law the Judiciary Act and appointed the first 13 men who formed the basis for the Nation's first Federal law enforcement agency. The Marshals Service will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 3 years. This legislation authorizes issuance of coins recognizing that anniversary.

Surcharges on the coin sales will generate funds for a number of law enforcement-related entities, primarily the U.S. Marshals Museum. I urge adoption of the bill as amended.

I reserve the balance of my time.

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