United States Statutes at Large/Volume 3/14th Congress/1st Session/Chapter 1

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Dec. 8, 1815.
Chapter I.—An Act to authorize the President of the United States, to lease for the term therein mentioned, the new building on Capitol hill, with the appurtenances, for the better accommodation of Congress.

President authorized to lease a house on Capitol hill, for the use of Congress.Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the President of the United States be, and he is hereby authorized to lease in behalf of the United States, from the owners thereof, the new building on Capitol Hill, on square seven hundred and twenty-eight, with the adjoining buildings and appurtenances, for the term of one year next after the passing of this act, and from thence until the capitol is in a state of readiness for the reception of Congress, at a rent not exceeding sixteen hundred and fifty dollars per annum, to be paid half yearly by the United States: Provided always,Proviso. That any lease to be executed by virtue of this act shall and may be determinable, at any time after the expiration of the first year, at the pleasure of Congress.

A sum to be paid for fixtures, &c.Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That so soon as the lease aforesaid shall have been duly executed, it shall and may be lawful for the President of the United States, to pay the owners aforesaid, the sum of five thousand dollars, for fixtures, and other extraordinary expenses, incurred in fitting up the said buildings, and otherwise preparing them for the better accommodation of Congress;Appropriation of $5000. and that for this purpose the sum of five thousand dollars be, and the same is hereby appropriated, to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

Approved, December 8, 1815.