Pascrell And Lautenberg Advance Funding For Great Falls National Historical Park
U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-08) voted in the House of Representatives on Friday to approve a funding measure that contains $500,000 to advance the Great Falls National Historical Park management plan.
"This funding level doubles the figure in the administration's budget plan and represents the strong commitment that Congress is making to Paterson," stated Pascrell. "With an investment of this size, the National Park Service will be given the resources it needs to begin properly preserving American history and lifting the local economy."
On Thursday, U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, successfully inserted an amendment into the Senate version of this appropriations bill to ensure the National Park Service expedites planning for the Great Falls NHP.
"Now that we got our law passed to officially designate Great Falls a National Historic Park, it is time to move quickly to put this law to work. This federal funding would help us move forward on plans to protect and preserve the falls and stimulate our region's economy," said Sen. Lautenberg.
The Great Falls National Historical Park At, which designated approximately 35 acres of the Great Falls National Historic District a new unit of the National Park System, was signed into law by President Obama on March 30, 2009.