H.R. 5494: To direct the Director of the National Park Service and the Secretary of the Interior to transfer certain properties to the District of Columbia

H.R. 5494

To direct the Director of the National Park Service and the Secretary of the Interior to transfer certain properties to the District of Columbia

Sponsor
Sen. Bernard Sanders

Date
September 22, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

The House is scheduled to consider H.R. 5494 under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage, on Wednesday, September 22, 2010.  H.R. 5494 was introduced on June 9, 2010, by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, which reported the bill by unanimous consent on July 22, 2010.

Bill Summary

H.R. 5494 would require the Secretary of Interior to transfer six parcels of land in the city of Washington, D.C., to the District of Columbia.  Under the legislation, all federal right and title to the land must be transferred to D.C. within 90 days of enactment.  The properties to be conveyed under the bill include school recreation fields, a traffic island, and educational facilities.

Background

According to House Report 111-605, all land included for transfer is currently managed by the Department of Interior through the National Park Service (NPS).  Five of the properties have been incorporated into school recreation grounds and community centers which are run by D.C.

Cost

According to CBO, H.R. 5494 would have no significant effect on the federal budget.