H.R. 87, Shiloh National Military Park Boundary Adjustment and Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield Designation Act, as amended

H.R. 87

Shiloh National Military Park Boundary Adjustment and Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield Designation Act, as amended

Date
June 7, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, June 7, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 87, the Shiloh National Military Park Boundary Adjustment and Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield Designation Act, under suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on January 6, 2015, by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources which ordered the bill reported, as amended, by Unanimous Consent on March 16, 2016.

Bill Summary

H.R. 87 modifies the boundary of the Shiloh National Military Park located in Tennessee and Mississippi, to establish Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield as an affiliated area of the National Park System.

 

Background

Shiloh National Park was originally established in 1894 and was expanded in 2000. H.R. 87 expands the National Military Park by approximately 2,126 acres to include three new battlefields associated with the Siege of Corinth: Fall en, Russell House, and Davis Bridge Battlefields. Corinth, Mississippi served as a flashpoint in the Western Theatre during the Civil War.  Starting in 1862 with the Battle of Shiloh, Union and Confederate Forces battled for control of the strategic town located between the Memphis and Charlestown Railroad and the Mobile and Ohio Railroad.  The Union forces prevailed and controlled Corinth until 1864.[1]

The Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield, located in Henderson County, Tennessee, will be affiliated with the National Park System, but remain privately owned.

According to the bill’s sponsor, “The legislation you are considering today will ensure the legacy of the sacrifices made at Shiloh will be preserved for future generations to appreciate and experience. It will give the National Park Service the authority to preserve more than 2,100 additional acres of the historic Shiloh National Military Park at the Fallen Timbers, Russell House and Davis Bridge battlefields. It will also designate the Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield as an affiliated area of the National Park System and allow it to receive resources and assistance so that it too can be preserved.”[2]

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[1] See House Report 114-516 at 2.
[2] See Rep. Blackburn’s Statement, “Blackburn Pushes Forward Bill to Protect Historic Shiloh Battlefield” February 11, 2016.

Cost

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that implementing the legislation would cost between $2 million and $5 million over the 2017-2021 period. Enacting H.R. 87 would not affect direct spending or revenues, therefore pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply. CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 87 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2027.

Additional Information

For questions about amendments or further information on the bill, contact Jake Vreeburg with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 5-0190.