Norton Bills to Allow D.C. to Work with NPS to Make Improvements to Franklin Park and Establish Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission to Be Marked Up, Wednesday
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today announced that two of her bills are scheduled to be marked up by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. One bill (H.R. 2897) would clarify that the District of Columbia and the National Park Service (NPS) have the authority to enter into cooperative management agreements (CMAs) to maintain and invest in NPS properties in the city. Norton said her bill is particularly needed now that D.C. has plans to enter into a CMA with NPS to rehabilitate and revitalize Franklin Park. The Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission Act (H.R. 2989) would establish a commission to study ways that the federal government might honor and celebrate the life of Frederick Douglass during the bicentennial anniversary of his birth, in 2018.
“I am very grateful to Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) for including these two important but uncontroversial bills at our committee’s markup this week,” Norton said. “The cooperative management agreement bill is as much a win for the federal government as it is for the District. D.C. wants to fund parks here for improvement because most of our neighborhood parks are owned and operated by NPS, and it has already begun working with NPS on plans for Franklin Park, a downtown space that is in desperate need of improvement.
“Our bill to honor Frederick Douglass, the country’s greatest slavery abolitionist, during the bicentennial anniversary of his birth next year has received bipartisan support. While D.C. residents take great pride that Douglass lived in D.C. for most of his adult life, his achievements reached the entire nation.”