(a) Cooperative agreements
The Architect of the Capitol, subject to the direction of the Joint Committee of Congress on the Library, may enter into cooperative agreements with entities under such terms as the Architect determines advisable, in order to support the United States Botanic Garden in carrying out its duties, authorities, and mission.
(b) No-cost agreements
(1) The Architect of the Capitol may, subject to the direction of the Joint Committee of Congress on the Library, enter into a no-cost agreement, through a contract, cooperative agreement, or memorandum of understanding, with a qualified entity to conduct, or provide support for, an educational exhibit, program, class, or outreach that benefits the educational mission of the United States Botanic Garden.
(2) Any agreement under paragraph (1) may—
(A) allow the qualified entity to accept fees for any program or class described in paragraph (1) in order to cover all or a portion of the entity’s costs of any supplies, honoraria, or associated expenses for the program or class; and
(B) subject to such terms as the Architect considers appropriate and necessary, grant temporary concessions to the qualified entity, or allow the qualified entity to grant temporary concessions to another person, in connection with an educational exhibit, program, class, or outreach described in paragraph (1), including concessions for food and merchandise sales that are specifically related to the educational mission involved.
(3) Section 5104(c) of title 40 shall not apply to any activity carried out under this subsection.
(4) In this subsection, the term "qualified entity" means—
(A) the National Fund for the United States Botanic Garden; and
(B) any other organization described in section 501(c) of title 26 and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such title that the Architect of the Capitol determines shares interests complementary to the educational mission of the United States Botanic Garden.
(c) Construction or improvement of real property
Any authority under subsection (a) or (b) shall not apply to any agreement providing for the construction or improvement of real property.
This section shall apply with respect to fiscal year 2015 and each succeeding fiscal year.
2 U.S.C. § 2148 (2018)