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Hice Legislation to Preserve America’s Battlefields Clears House

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Washington, December 11, 2018 | comments

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jody Hice (R-Ga.), a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, today praised the House 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.

Hice delivered remarks on the U.S. House Floor on Monday, December 10, 2018, urging his colleagues to support this legislation. The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives by unanimous consent.

Rep. Hice delivers remarks on H.R. 6108, the Preserving America’s Battlefield Act

“Since the inception of this program, Battlefield Land Acquisition grants have been used extensively to preserve portions of dozens of battlefield sites that played roles in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the American Civil War,” said Congressman Hice. “These dollar-for-dollar matching land grants have saved more than 30,000 acres of battlegrounds across 20 states. Just this year, in my own district, this program assisted in securing 180 acres of battlegrounds surrounding the site of Kettle Creek Battlefield, the site of the only significant Patriot victory in Georgia during the Revolutionary War. My bill would reauthorize this successful bipartisan federal grants program and would dedicate a portion of that authorization for educational purposes and for the restoration and interpretation of high-priority battlefield sites.”

“This will help to make these battlegrounds beautiful, historic, and educational tourist destinations,” Hice continued. “This program has been one of the most successful and efficient land grant programs in our Nation’s history, continually receiving bipartisan support. Both former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama supported the program’s authorization and subsequent reauthorization, respectively. I am very proud to say that my bill has continued this rich tradition of bipartisan support here in this 115th Congress.”

House Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Ut.) also praised the legislation on the House Floor:

“This is one of those bills that makes an old history teacher’s heart fill with joy,” said Chairman Rob Bishop. “It’s one of the right things to do. We’re talking about areas that are living memorials to the heroism, to the sacrifice of those people who made this country what it is. This bill is about preserving our history, helping us to know and understand and retain the story of who we are as a Nation, and also how we arrived there as a Nation. All of that is significant.”

Watch Chairman Rob Bishop’s full remarks on H.R. 6108, the Preserving America’s Battlefield Act

Companion legislation, S.3505, has been introduced in the U.S. Senate by U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), and Roger Wicker (R-Miss).

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