CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Monday, January 13, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 1513, a bill to Revise the Boundaries of the Gettysburg National Military Park to Include the Gettysburg Train Station and Certain Land Along Plum Run in Cumberland Township, to Limit the Means by which Property within such Revised Boundaries may be Acquired, under a suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on April 11, 2013 by Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, which ordered the bill reported by unanimous consent.
H.R. 1513 revises the boundaries of the Gettysburg National Military Park to include the land commonly known as the Gettysburg Train Station in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and 45 acres of land located along Plum Run in Cumberland Township. However, the bill only authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to acquire these properties through donation. Moreover, this legislation prohibits the creation of buffer zones and requires owners to provide written consent prior to the property being included within the boundary.
The Gettysburg Train Station was where President Abraham Lincoln arrived and left Gettysburg, Pennsylvania via train in 1863. The depot is currently owned by the Borough of Gettysburg, but the site will be donated to the National Park Service. The depot will still remain operated by local and non-profit organizations. The 45 acres located along Plum Run in Cumberland Township have already been donated to the National Park Service, but have not yet been incorporated into the boundaries of the Gettysburg National Military Park.
CBO estimates that implementing this legislation would have no significant impact on the federal budget, and would not affect direct spending or revenues.
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