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Notices Of Hearings July 22, 2014
Mary Landrieu, D-LA
"H.R. 412, to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the mainstem of the Nashua River and its tributaries in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for study for potential addition to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, and for other purposes. S.1189, to adjust the boundaries of Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park to include Hinchliffe Stadium, and for other purposes; S. 1389 and H.R. 1501, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to study the suitability and feasibility of designating the Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument in Fort Greene Park, in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, as a unit of the National Park System; S. 1520 and H.R. 2197, to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the York River and associated tributaries for study for potential inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System; S. 1641, to establish the Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area, and for other purposes; S. 1718, to modify the boundary of Petersburg National Battlefield in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and for other purposes; S. 1750, authorize the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture to enter into agreements with States and political subdivisions of States providing for the continued operation, in whole or in part, of public land, units of the National Park System, units of the National Wildlife Refuge System, and units of the National Forest System in the State during any period in which the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture is unable to maintain normal level of operations at the units due to a lapse in appropriations, and for other purposes; S. 1785, to modify the boundary of the Shiloh National Military Park located in the States of Tennessee and Mississippi, to establish Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield as an affiliated area of the National Park System, and for other purposes; S. 1794, to designate certain Federal land in Chaffee County, Colorado, as a national monument and as wilderness. S. 1866, a bill to provide for an extension of the legislative authority of the Adams Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative work in honor of former President John Adams and his legacy; S. 2031, to amend the Act to provide for the establishment of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in the State of Wisconsin, and for other purposes, to adjust the boundary of that National Lakeshore to include the lighthouse known as Ashland Harbor Breakwater Light, and for other purposes; S. 2104, to require the Director of the National Park Service to refund to States all State funds that were used to reopen and temporarily operate a unit of the National Park System during the October 2013 shutdown; S. 2111, to reauthorize the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area; S. 2221, to extend the authorization for the Automobile National Heritage Area in Michigan; S. 2264, A bill to designate memorials to the service of members of the United States Armed Forces in World War I, and for other purposes; S. 2293, to clarify the status of the North Country, Ice Age, and New England National Scenic Trails as units of the National Park System, and for other purposes; S. 2318, to reauthorize the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Act. S. 2346, to amend the National Trails System Act to include national discovery trails, and to designate the American Discovery Trail, and for other purposes; S. 2356, to adjust the boundary of the Mojave National Preserve; S. 2392, to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate certain segments of East Rosebud Creek in Carbon County, Montana, as components of the Wild and Scenic Rivers System; S.2576, to establish the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area in the State of Washington, and for other purposes; and S. 2602, to establish the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area in the State of Washington."
Honoring Roveta F. Simmons July 15, 2014
Bennie Thompson, D-MS
"In 1999 Mrs. Simmons received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, VA. That same year she received her Collegiate Professional License for the Commonwealth of Virginia Elementary Education, kindergarten through fifth grade."
Honoring U.S. District Judge James Turk July 11, 2014
Morgan Griffith, R-VA
"Mr. Speaker, I submit these remarks in honor of U.S. District Judge James Turk, a devoted public servant to the Commonwealth of Virginia, who passed away on July 6, 2014."
Lowering Gasoline Prices To Fuel An America That Works Act Of 2014 June 26, 2014
Jeffrey Duncan, R-SC
"Madam Chairman, several coastal States, including my home State of South Carolina, as well as the Commonwealth of Virginia, have long advocated for responsible offshore energy development for our shores. This resource development starts with seismic surveying and goes all the way to production."
George Washington’S Birthday June 26, 2014
Frank Wolf, R-VA
"We are gathered today in third grade at Waterford Elementary School, in historic Waterford within the County of Loudoun, in the Commonwealth of Virginia, to affirm Congressman Wolf’s proposed bill to honor George Washington, and We have learned of Congressman Wolf’s initiative to celebrate the significance of President Washington’s birth to the birth of our nation, honoring his unparalleled role in American History; instilling in the American people a deeper desire to learn more about this great man: Whereas, as General and Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, Washington led the Patriots to victory in the Revolutionary War. Absent this, the United States may have never been born, and Whereas, following his dreams of a free and democratic country, Washington refused to become a king and refused to serve more than two terms as president. He pioneered the qualities of our government that helped to establish clear roles of its leaders by establishing a system of checks and balances, and Whereas, Washington’s efforts and actions led to the design and construction of our capital city. Washington, himself, laid the cornerstone of our U.S. Capitol, and Whereas, our first and one of the greatest presidents, was president of the Continental Congress, a key author of the Constitution, and an instrumental force in uniting the thirteen colonies, and Whereas, Washington was the ONLY president unanimously nominated for that office by the electoral college for both his first and second terms, and Whereas, Washington, a man of incredible vision, freed his own slaves in his will, foreshadowing an identical outcome nation-wide on September 22, 1862, and Whereas, George Washington, the father of country, is admired and honored by all who know the significance of his contributions. Now, therefore, be it resolved to pass H.R. 681: to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide that Washington’s Birthday be observed on February 22, rather than the third Monday of February of each year. Be it further resolved to tell Congressman Wolf how much his inspiration, wisdom, determination, and unfailing support for honoring George Washington means to us; and how grateful we are or his service. Respectfully Submitted: Riley E. White, Paige E. Wenham, Clay Ash, Kierstin G. Culp, Reggie Norton, Matt Chmielewski, Jackson Allgood, Aiden Akers, Kevin Beach, Ava Fahrner, Luke Jenkins, Connor Thurston, Joseph T. Ravese, Barrett Ralston, Haley Oliver, Maxwell Twyford, Ava Mumaw, Charlotte Fiorentino, Emma Vest, Lily Kelly, Cole Gormont, Claire Thurston, Ian T. Watson, Susan H. Verdin Teacher, Stephanie R. Wang, Wynn Drenning, Blake Earles, Luke Malonis, Henry E. Dinger, Cash Croft, Grace Gavlinski, Madeline Shea, Collin Price, Anthony Alfaro, Corey Schaeffer, and Evelyn B. Hale Teacher, The third graders at Waterford Elementary aren’t alone in their support of H.R. 681. Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning history author David McCullough, Washington historian Ron Chernow, historians Peter Henriques and Richard Bookhiser and scholar and history professor Gordon Wood also support the bill, as does George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate. On June 2, 2014, I received the following letter from Curt Viebranz, the president of Mount Vernon: Dear Congressman Wolf: Thank you for introducing H.R. 681 to restore the nation’s official observance of George Washington’s Birthday on February 22, the actual date of his birth 282 years ago. We at Mount Vernon enthusiastically support this important legislative effort! As you are well aware, the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association was created to save George Washington’s home from potential ruin and maintain this priceless landmark for the good of the American people. We have worked tirelessly for more than 150 years to keep Washington’s extraordinary legacy alive, and we accomplish this solely through private donations—we do not accept any government funds. Just last year, we opened the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington which offers a remarkable new platform to expand our scholarship and educational outreach for visitors both on the estate and online. We strongly believe that a true patriotic celebration of Washington’s birthday would help return George Washington to a place of prominence in our national consciousness—a goal for which we have been striving for many years. Today several states, the media, advertisers, and the general public have abandoned recognition of Washington’s birthday and replaced it with a commercial “shopping holiday” that leaves American history, heroes, and patriotism by the side of the road. The holiday was far more meaningful when it revolved around George Washington and schools and families focused on Washington’s sterling example of character and leadership. Americans should learn from example and celebrate and appreciate our heroes. Our Founding Fathers and subsequent leaders were surely clear on this point. President John F. Kennedy stated, “History is the means by which a nation establishes its sense of identity and purpose.” President Harry Truman emphasized this point as well when he said, “The only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know.” Restoring the official celebration of Washington’s birthday would be a great place to start. We look forward to the day when, once again, February 22 is marked by patriotic festivities and lessons about George Washington which can teach and inspire American leaders of today and tomorrow. As our nation’s foremost founding father, Washington is relevant to each new generation because his prominent character traits—undaunted courage, unabashed patriotism, reasoned judgment, a profound sense of civic responsibility, and a deep, selfless commitment to country—never go out of style. Educating the children of America about the life and leadership of George Washington is an important investment in the future of our nation. Your efforts are particularly important because as noted author and keynote speaker at our Library’s opening ceremonies David McCullough has said many times, we are “raising a generation of historically illiterate children.” Surveys and focus groups validate this problem and show that most Americans recognize the face of Washington on their dollar bills, but they don’t know much about him. This is a real cause for concern about the future of our nation It is our duty and privilege to teach today’s young people about George Washington’s leadership with the hope that they will follow in his footsteps. Enactment of your legislation would go a long way toward emphasizing the importance of remembering the Father of Our Country. We are inspired in countless ways by George Washington’s example as the indispensable man. He served as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army through the eight long years of the War of Independence. The people then showed their overwhelming support for him as he was unanimously elected as president of the Constitutional Convention and to two terms as our new nation’s first president. As you know, the unanimous election of a President of the United States has never occurred since. A true celebration of Washington’s birthday would encourage Americans to reflect on the distinguishing qualities of his leadership. For example, Washington was willing to sacrifice the life he loved at Mount Vernon time and time again when he was called to serve his country. Perhaps more than anyone in American history, he understood and valued patriotic duty. Another admirable trait was his willingness to give up power. In a time when great leaders were marked by their ability to gain and keep as much power as possible, George Washington willingly stepped down as the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army as well as after his second term as president. He could have been elected again and again, but his peaceful transition of power demonstrated that democracy really worked and established a new definition of power. He truly believed in the concept of liberty where the power rested with the people. What an important lesson even for the leaders of today! The celebration of George Washington’s Birthday on February 22 will help return the Father of Our Country to his position as “First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of his Countrymen,” as Light-Horse Harry Lee said so many years ago. George Washington’s sterling example of character and leadership provides the opportunity to refresh and inspire our country as we face formidable challenges both at home and abroad. Thank you again for your efforts in introducing H.R. 681. The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association stands behind you in this patriotic pursuit. Sincerely, Curtis G. Viebranz, President."

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