Hice Applauds Committee Passage of Preserving America’s Battlefields Act
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jody Hice (R-GA), a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, today praised the committee passage of H.R. 6108, the Preserving America’s Battlefields Act. This bill reauthorizes the Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants Program, a successful dollar-for-dollar grants program that protects the preservation of Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War battlefields.
“Given that the 250th anniversary of our Nation’s founding is fast approaching and with it an influx of visitors expected at battlefields around the country, there is no better time to preserve these historic sites than right now,” said Congressman Hice. “These hallowed grounds serve as educational reminders of our shared heritage to current and future generations of Americans. In Georgia’s 10th District alone, this valuable land grants program has assisted in securing 180-acres of battlegrounds surrounding the battle site of Kettle Creek, the only significant patriot victory in Georgia during the Revolutionary War. I’m proud that my bill has continued a rich tradition of bipartisan support with its unanimous passage out of the House Natural Resources Committee, and I look forward to its consideration on the House Floor.”
In February, Representative Hice joined former University of Georgia football coach and Civil War author Vince Dooley, along with representatives from the American Battlefield Trust to announce the acquisition of 180 acres for a crucial battlefield park in Wilkes County, Ga., scene of a key Revolutionary War conflict. H.R. 6108 is currently cosponsored by 32 Members of Congress.
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