The House Armed Services Committee passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2014 that will authorize the Army to convey an abandoned Army Reserve Center to Derry Township, located in Pennsylvania's 10th Congressional District.
The Derry Township Board of Supervisors formally expressed their interest in obtaining the building in June 2012, but has been actively pursuing procurement of the building for several years.
"Derry Township was in desperate need of a new municipal building and this transfer offers a practical and timely solution," said Marino. "Municipal offices including the Sewer Authority, Road Department, and Regional Police Department all provide essential services to the people of Derry Township, and the township's current facility for these offices was far from adequate."
"I am glad to see that the Mifflin County Army Reserve Center -- which has been vacant since 2008 -- will be put to good use for the people of the 10th District," Marino added.
Because only committee members may offer amendments to legislation during committee mark-up, Representative Bill Shuster (PA-9), who sits on the House Armed Services Committee, offered the amendment on behalf of Marino.
"It's very important to me to be able to support my fellow members of the Pennsylvania delegation and put forward projects that will benefit the people of the Commonwealth," Rep. Shuster added. "The repurposing of this facility will give new life to the community and provides a commonsense solution to Derry Township's municipal needs."
The amendment was passed by voice vote during committee mark-up, and H.R. 1960, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 passed with bi-partisan support by a vote of 59-2. The NDAA is expected to be considered by the full House next week.