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National Park Service and Related Programs Enactment

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. GOODLATTE. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume and rise to bring before the House H.R. 1068, a bill to enact title 54, United States Code, "National Park Service and Related Programs'', as positive law.

Until now, laws relating to the organization and management of the National Park System have been clarified as part of title 16--not in one distinct place but, rather, dispersed throughout the title. Over time, these code clarifications have become very cumbersome to use.

Ranking Member Conyers and I introduced this bill to organize all of the provisions relating to the National Park System and restate them as a new positive law title of the United States Code.

The new positive law provisions replace the existing provisions which are repealed by the bill. All changes made by this bill are purely technical in nature. This bill was prepared by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the House of Representatives as part of its ongoing responsibility to prepare and submit periodically to the Committee on the Judiciary, one title at a time, a complete compilation, restatement, and revision of the general and permanent laws of the United States.

The bill was prepared in accordance with the statutory standard for codification legislation, which is that the restatement shall conform to the understood policy, intent, and purpose of Congress in the original enactments, with such amendments and corrections as will remove ambiguities, contradictions, and other imperfections.

H.R. 1068 will ensure that the U.S. Code is accurate, up-to-date, and usable. For these reasons, I urge my colleagues to support this bill, and I reserve the balance of my time.


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