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Weekly Legislative Activities Report

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The Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs puts out weekly reports on hearings, new legislation and other activities on the Hill. This report covers the week ending on Friday, September 27th.

In order to obtain the full text of any of the bills that appear below, click on the following link: http://thomas.loc.gov/ . That will take you to Thomas, the Library of Congress legislative tracking system. Enter the bill number in the “Search Bill Text” block, being sure to also click on the “Bill Number” option below the block.

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New Public Laws

Nothing to report.

Floor Action

On September 25th, the Senate passed by unanimous consent H.R. 527 (Hastings, R-WA-4), to amend the Helium Act to complete the privatization of the Federal helium reserve in a competitive market fashion that ensures stability in the helium markets while protecting the interests of American taxpayers, and for other purposes. The bill provides $50 million for NPS deferred maintenance ($20 million for 2018, $30 million for 2019), subject to a 50 percent match of nonfederal funds. Senate passage clears the bill for the President.

On September 27th, the Senate passed by a vote of 54-44, H.J. Res. 59 (Rogers, R-KY-5), making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes. As passed by the Senate, the bill provides funding for federal agencies at the current FY 2013 sequester spending level through November 15, and allows funding for the Affordable Care Act.

Committee Activity

Nothing to report.

New Bills Introduced     

The following new bills of interest to the NPS were introduced:

  • H.R. 3178 (Grijalva, D-AZ-3), to amend the National Historic Preservation Act to direct the Secretary of the Interior to provide technical or financial assistance to Hispanic-serving institutions for the establishment of historic preservation training and degree programs.
  • H.R. 3185 (Green, D-TX-29), to establish the Buffalo Bayou National Heritage Area in the State of Texas, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 3188 (McClintock, R-CA-4), to expedite the planning and implementation of salvage timber sales as part of Forest Service and Department of the Interior restoration and rehabilitation activities for lands within the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park and Bureau of Land Management lands adversely impacted by the 2013 Rim Fire in California.
  • H.R. 3197 (Latta, R-OH-5), to protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1554 (Heinrich, D-NM), a bill to direct the heads of Federal public land management agencies to prepare reports on the availability of public access and egress to Federal public land for hunting, fishing, and other recreational purposes, to amend the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 to provide funding for recreational public access to Federal land, and for other purposes.

 Upcoming Committee Activity

On October 3rd, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation (Bishop) will hold a hearing on the following bills of interest to the National Park Service:
  • H.R. 3188 (McClintock, R-CA-4), to expedite the planning and implementation of salvage timber sales as part of Forest Service and Department of the Interior restoration and rehabilitation activities for lands within the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park and Bureau of Land Management lands adversely impacted by the 2013 Rim Fire in California.
  • H.R. 298 (Rogers, R-KY-5), to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to evaluate the significance of the Mill Springs Battlefield located in Pulaski and Wayne Counties, Kentucky, and the feasibility of its inclusion in the National Park System, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 1259 (Larson, D-CT-1), to establish Coltsville National Historical Park in the State of Connecticut, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 1846 (Velasquez, D-NY-7), to amend the Act establishing the Lower East Side Tenement National Historic Site, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 2015 (Horsford, D-NV-4), to provide for certain land conveyances in the State of Nevada, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 2954 (Miller, R-Fl-1), to authorize Escambia County, Florida, to convey certain property that was formerly part of Santa Rosa Island National Monument and that was conveyed to Escambia County subject to restrictions on use and reconveyance.

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For additional information, please visit the Legislative and Congressional Affairs Office website at http://www.nps.gov/legal/



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