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National Park Services and Related Programs Enactment

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Ms. BASS. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Mr. Speaker, I'm pleased to join Chairman Goodlatte in supporting H.R. 1068, as amended.

Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Conyers introduced this commonsense, noncontroversial bill that enjoys strong bipartisan support.

This legislation was drafted by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel as part of its ongoing statutory responsibility to prepare and submit to the Judiciary Committee a complete compilation, restatement, and revision of the general and permanent laws of the United States.

H.R. 1068 concerns the National Park System, which is managed by the National Park Service. As many of us know, numerous laws relating to these entities have been enacted since the mid-19th century. These laws include, for example, the Historic Sites, Buildings, and Antiquities Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and other provisions intended to protect and preserve sites that document our Nation's history.

These laws have been codified in scattered sections of title 16 of the United States Code. In addition, as laws relating to the National Park System were amended and new laws enacted pertaining to these provisions, the code classifications have become cumbersome to use.

H.R. 1068 is not intended to make any significant changes in the law. As is typical with the codification process, a number of minor revisions are made, including the reorganization of the sections into a more coherent overall structure.

This measure collects provisions relating to the establishment and administration of the National Park System, outdoor recreation programs that the Secretary of the Interior administers, and the responsibility of the Secretary to preserve historic sites, buildings, objects, and antiquities--all of which are currently found in various places throughout title 16 of the United States Code--and restates these provisions as a new positive law title of the code.

On March 14, 2013, the Judiciary Committee ordered H.R. 1068 favorably reported by voice vote. The amended version of the bill that we are considering on the floor today is essentially the same as the version reported by the committee except that it makes minor typographical corrections.

I commend the chairman and ranking member for their leadership on this bill. I urge my colleagues to support this legislation.

I yield back the balance of my time.


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