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Vote Scheduled for 6/19/2012
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On Tuesday, June 19, 2012 The US House of Representatives will vote on H. R. 2578 "The Conservation and Economic Growth Act". Title X of this bill is H. R. 4094 - "Preserving Access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area Act".
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Congressman Walter B. Jones
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Catherine Fodor
June 15, 2012 202-225-3415
Jones' hatteras beach access bill going to the house floor next week
WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Tuesday, June 19th, the language of Congressman Walter B. Jones' (NC-3) bill, H.R. 4094 - the Preserving Access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area Act - will be brought to the House floor for a vote. Congressman Jones' bill to restore reasonable pedestrian and motorized access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area will be introduced as part of H.R. 2578 - the Conservation and Economic Growth Act - a package of fourteen Natural Resources Committee bills that will create new American jobs, grow the economy, protect the environment and promote development of domestic energy. Last week H.R. 4094 passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee on a roll call vote of 24-18.
"This bill is about jobs and the taxpayers' right to access the recreational areas they own. It's about restoring balance and common sense to Park Service management," said Jones.
Congressman Jones' bill would overturn a final rule implemented by the National Park Service (NPS) in mid-February, as well as the 2008 U.S. District court approved Consent Decree. Both the Rule and the Consent Decree excessively restrict human access to the Recreational Area. The bill would reinstitute the Park Service's 2007 Interim Management Strategy (IMS) to govern visitor access and species protection in the Recreational Area. The Interim Strategy was backed up by a 113-page Biological Opinion issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service which found that it would not jeopardize the species of concern, namely piping plover and sea turtles.
For additional information, please contact Catherine Fodor in Congressman Jones' office at (202) 225-3415.
"This grouping of bills will advance important local projects and policies that will have a direct impact on job creation and economic growth in communities throughout the country. The majority of these bills have received bipartisan support and encourage tourism, recreation and responsible use of our public lands and resources," said House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings.
The Conservation and Economic Growth Act-H. R. 2578
Title I: Lower Merced River (HR 2578 - Denham)
•Creates new jobs and helps spur economic growth in California's San Joaquin Valley.
Title II: Bonneville Unit Clean Hydropower Facilitation Act (HR 460 - Chaffetz)
•Facilitates the development of 50 megawatts of clean, renewable hydropower.
Title III: Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization and Jobs Protection Act (HR 1408 - Young, AK)
•Helps protect hundreds of timber jobs in rural and Native communities.
Title IV: San Antonio Missions National Historic Park Boundary Expansion Act (HR 3100 - Canseco)
•Expands the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park boundary.
Title V: Waco Mammoth National Monument Establishment Act of 2012(HR 1545 - Flores)
•Recognizes and establishes the Waco Mammoth site.
Title VI: North Cascade National Park Access (HR 2352 - Hastings, WA)
•Supports recreational access and tourism..
Title VII: Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act (HR 3069 - Hastings, WA)
•Protects endangered Columbia River salmon from predation.
Title VIII: Reauthorization of Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group Forest Recovery Act (HR 3685 - Herger)
•Extends a bipartisan project to implement forest management activities
Title IX: Yerington Land Conveyance and Sustainable Development Act (HR 4039 - Amodei)
•Mandates the sale of approximately 10,200 acres of public lands to the City of Yerington..
Title X: Preserving Access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area Act (HR 4094 - Jones)
•Protects jobs and small businesses by restoring and ensuring reasonable pedestrian and motorized access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area in North Carolina.
Title XI: Grazing Improvement Act of 2012 (HR 4234 - Labrador)
•Improves and streamlines the process for renewing livestock grazing permits.
Title XII: Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act (HR 3065 - Shuler)
•Supports recreational shooting by providing states greater flexibility.
Title XIII: Chesapeake Bay Accountability and Recovery Act of 2011(HR 258 - Wittman)
•Facilitates clean-up of the Chesapeake Bay through greater transparency.
Title XIV: National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act (HR 1505 - Bishop, UT)
•Enhances border security by ensuring that Border Patrol has access to federal lands..
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