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Amendment to Public Law 93-435 With Respect to Northern Mariana Islands

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. HARPER. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of S. 256, and would like to speak also in support of the bill just considered, S. 304, a bill sponsored by a senior Senator of Mississippi, Thad Cochran.

This legislation authorized the transfer of approximately 67 acres of unused Federal land originally envisioned to be part of the Natchez Trace Parkway to the State of Mississippi.

The city of Natchez plans to use 37 acres for recreational purposes. It will improve the quality of life for the city's residents.

Without this legislation, this tract will continue to set idle.

I would like to thank Chairman Hastings for his work in bringing this commonsense and worthy legislation to the House floor. I also would like to thank our senior Senator, Thad Cochran, for his tireless leadership for the State of Mississippi. There are numerous individuals behind the scenes that have worked tirelessly for the city of Natchez to gain access to and the right to utilize this land over the years, and S. 304 will show that their hard work has finally paid off.

I urge my colleagues to continue to support this legislation.


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