S. 476, A bill to amend the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Development Act to extend to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Commission

S. 476

A bill to amend the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Development Act to extend to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Commission

Sponsor
Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin

Date
September 15, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, September 15, 2014, the House will consider S. 476, a bill To amend the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Development Act to extend to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Commission, under suspension of the rules.  S. 476 was introduced by Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) and was passed in the Senate on July 9, 2014 by unanimous consent.  The bill was marked up in the House Natural Resources Committee on July 30, 2014 and was ordered reported by unanimous consent.

Bill Summary

S. 476 extends the authorization of the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal National Historic Park Commission (“the Commission”) for ten years.

Background

The C&O Canal operated for 100 years as “a lifeline for communities along the Potomac River as coal, lumber and agricultural products floated down the waterway to market.”[1]  The C&O Canal National Park preserves the 184.5 miles of the canal towpath, “spanning across the state of Maryland and bordering the Potomac River.”[2]

The Commission was established in 1971 and “facilitates public involvement and engagement with the Historical Park, including advice related to planning for park activities and operations. . . .  The Commission was originally authorized for a 10-year period, and was reauthorized on three separate occasions for an additional 10-year term.  The current authorization for the Commission expired on January 8, 2011.”[3]

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[1] National Park Service, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.
[2] National Park Service, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal: For Teachers.
[3] Senate Committee Report 113-64 at 1-2.

Cost

According to CBO estimates, implementing S. 476 would not significantly impact the federal budget.  The bill would not affect direct spending or revenues.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.