Congressman Francisco "Quico" Canseco (TX-23), whose district includes the San Antonio Missions National Park, issued the following statement after the House passed the Conservation and Economic Growth Act (H.R. 2578), which included the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Boundary Expansion Act (H.R. 3100):
"With the passage of the Conservation and Economic Growth Act, which contains my legislation to expand the boundary of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, we're one step closer to getting this important legislation to the President's desk. Expanding the boundary of the San Antonio Missions National Park is absolutely critical to protecting the park and allowing it to continue thriving. The boundary expansion is also a critical part of the redevelopment taking place on the South Side of San Antonio. It will help reconnect the missions to the San Antonio River where the Mission Reach Project is taking place, which will extend to the South Side the economic prosperity and job opportunities enjoyed in other parts of San Antonio. Such redevelopment will allow for significant job and economic opportunities that currently do not exist in that part of San Antonio. A recent study found that the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park supported over 1,000 local jobs and almost $100 million in economic activity. Adjusting the boundary of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park will not only help protect and preserve the San Antonio Missions for future generations of Americans to enjoy, but will also help create jobs and economic opportunities on the South Side of San Antonio. The House of Representatives has done its part in passing this legislation, it's now up to the United States Senate to pass it."