Several bills to establish monuments in or near the nation's capital were approved by a House committee on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Legislation to reimburse states for operating national parks in the recent government shutdown also won committee approval. The House Committee on Natural Resources voted in favor of the following measures:
- H.R. 915 and S. 230, approved by unanimous consent, which would authorize the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia. The Senate already approved its version. The House Budget Committee gets to review it before it goes for a House vote.
- The Native American Veterans' Memorial Amendments Act of 2013 (H.R. 2319), which would allow a National Native American Veterans' Memorial to be built outside the National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall. Current law only allows it to be built inside the museum. Companion legislation (S. 1046) is pending before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
- The Protecting States, Opening National Parks Act (H.R. 3286), which would reimburse states for their costs of operating national parks during the federal government shutdown last October. Federal reimbursement would only cover the costs of operating parks as the federal government would do, not any special state-sponsored activities. Nor would the bill cover any claims made against states. Companion legislation (S. 1572) is pending before the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources.
For details, see http://naturalresources.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=363028. And see stories linked to below for background.