CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, December 6, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 1219, the Arbuckle Project Maintenance Complex and District Office Conveyance Act of 2016, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 1219 was introduced by Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) on March 3, 2015, and was referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources, which ordered the bill reported, as amended, by unanimous consent, on November 16, 2016.
H.R. 1219 authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to convey all of the United States’ right, title and interest Maintenance Complex and District Office of the Arbuckle Project, Oklahoma to the Arbuckle Master Conservancy District. The Secretary is required to convey the land as soon as practicable and provide in writing why a transfer did not take place if it does not occur within twelve months.
The Bureau of Reclamation’s Arbuckle Project was authorized in 1962 and provides flood control, municipal water supply, and recreation and fishing to south-central Oklahoma. The Arbuckle Master Conservancy District contracted with the federal government for the payment of the reimbursable costs for construction, operation, and maintenance of the project.
Under the Project’s authorizing statute, the pipelines and related facilities used for delivering water were allowed to be conveyed to the District upon completion of repayment obligations. The District completed payment in September 2012 and conveyance of the aqueduct and pumping plant occurred in December 2012. The District also requested that the Maintenance Complex and District Office be included in the transfer, but the Bureau of Reclamation indicated there was insufficient authority to complete the request. The transfer would allow the district to reduce federal paperwork requirements and relieve the federal government of all future liability and financial responsibilities.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that implementing H.R. 1219 have no significant effect on the federal budget. Further CBO estimates enacting this legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues, and would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2027.
For questions or further information please contact Jake Vreeburg with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-1828.