|Sponsor||Rep. Turner, Bob|
|Date||July 23, 2012 (112th Congress, 2nd Session)|
|Staff Contact||Andy Koenig|
On Monday, July 23, 2012, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 5958, a bill to name the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Contact Station of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge unit of Gateway National Recreation Area in honor of James L. Buckley, under a suspension of the rules requiring a two-thirds majority vote for approval. The bill was introduced on June 18, 2012, by Rep. Robert Turner (R-NY) and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources. The bill was reported by the Natural Resources Committee by unanimous consent on July 11, 2012.
H.R. 5958 would name the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Contact Station of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge unit of Gateway National Recreation Area in honor of former U.S. Senator James L. Buckley.
According to the Natural Resources Committee, H.R. 5958 was introduced to recognize the contributions of Senator James L. Buckley to New York State, and to the establishment of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and the Gateway National Recreation Area. The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge includes the open waters, dunes, brackish ponds, woodlands, fields and salt marshes of Jamaica Bay. The Refuge is within the boundary of New York City and is managed by the National Park Service as part of the Gateway National Recreation Area.
Senator Buckley, a life-long birder and naturalist, was a cosponsor of the legislation creating the Park and spoke of protecting the area from airport expansion even before his election to the Senate in 1970. James Buckley is one of the few Americans to have served at the top levels of all three branches of the U. S. government. In addition to his election to the Senate, Buckley served as Under Secretary of State, President of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty and Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit--generally held to be the second highest court in the U.S. judicial system.
According to CBO, enacting this legislation would have no significant impact on the federal budget and would not affect direct spending or revenues.