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  • Bureau of Land Management Foundation Act

    by Representative Alan S. Lowenthal

    Posted on 2016-07-05

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    LOWENTHAL. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

    H.R. 3844 is a bipartisan bill that I am proud to have worked cooperatively on with Mr. Hice and the Natural Resources Committee.

    H.R. 3844 would establish a charitable foundation to support the mission and activities of the Bureau of Land Management. Congress has chartered a number of similar foundations to serve as partners to our land management agencies, including the National Park Foundation, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the National Forest Foundation.

    By establishing a Bureau of Land Management Foundation, H.R. 3844 will provide the BLM with an important partner and allow private individuals and corporations to support the Bureau's diverse mission, which includes activities such as managing wild horses, protecting cultural resources, and cleaning up abandoned mines.

    Again, I join with my colleague, and I would like to commend my colleague, Mr. Hice, and the committee for working with me so that we, together, could put together this final bipartisan language that was adopted in the Natural Resources Committee and that we are voting on today.

    The establishment of a Bureau of Land Management Foundation is long overdue, and I urge my colleagues to support this legislation.

    Mr. Speaker, I yield back the balance of my time.

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