CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, December 6, 2016, the House will consider the S. 3028, the Daniel J. Evans Olympic National Park Wilderness Act, under suspension of the rules. S. 3028 was introduced on June 7, 2016 by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and passed the Senate by unanimous consent on July 14, 2016. The House Committee on Natural Resources then ordered the bill reported by unanimous consent on September 22, 2016.
S. 3028 redesignates the Olympic Wilderness, which is located in Northwest Washington State, as the Daniel J. Evans Wilderness.
“Daniel J. Evans was elected Governor of Washington in 1964, and was reelected in 1968 and 1972. In 1983, he was appointed to fill the term of the late Senator Henry M. ‘‘Scoop’’ Jackson and served an additional term in the Senate before retiring in January 1989. From 1993 through 2005, Senator Evans served as a member of the University of Washington Board of Regents.” 
“During his time in the Senate, Senator Evans was a leader in the passage of two major wilderness bills in the State of Washington. He was a cosponsor of the 1984 Washington Wilderness Act, which designated more than one million acres of national forest lands in Washington as wilderness. In addition, he was the lead sponsor of the Washington Park Wilderness Act of 1988, which designated more than 1.5 million acres of wilderness in Olympic, Mount Rainier, and North Cascade National Parks.”
The Olympic Wilderness, which would be renamed by this bill, covers 876,447 acres in the Olympic National Park, and is the largest wilderness area in the State of Washington. Olympic is one of the most popular wilderness destinations in North America, with nearly 40,000 overnight wilderness visitors each year. According to the Committee, this renaming will not affect the management of the national park or the wilderness.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that enacting S. 3028 would have no significant effect on the federal budget and would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply. CBO estimates that enacting the legislation 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 John Huston with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-5539.