Mr. BLUMENAUER. Mr. Speaker, yesterday I voted against H.R. 5987, the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act. I recognize that the Manhattan Project played an important role in the United States' energy history and has had a significant impact in the Pacific Northwest, and it makes sense for us to draw attention to places like Hanford, Washington. However, adding these responsibilities to the National Park Service's portfolio when the agency is already underfunded and overworked does not make sense.
It is frustrating to me that while we are told by the current House majority that there is not sufficient funding to clean up nuclear sites such as Hanford, there is apparently enough funding to turn the Manhattan Project into a national park. We should focus first on making sure these places are safe for the human and wildlife populations that live near them, before marketing them as a tourist destination.