Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to Hold Hearing on Norton-Murkowski Bill to Allow D.C. to Work with NPS to Make Improvements to Franklin Park, Next Week
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today announced that the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, chaired by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), will hold a hearing on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at 3:00 p.m., in 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building on a Norton-Murkowski bill (H.R. 2897/S. 1956) that clarifies that the District of Columbia and the National Park Service have the authority to enter into cooperative management agreements to maintain and operate NPS properties in the city, such as Franklin Park. Norton’s bill passed the House by voice vote last month. Under current federal law, NPS has the authority to enter into such agreements with states and cities, and the Norton-Murkowski bill makes clear that D.C. is included under this authority. The rehabilitation of Franklin Park would be funded through a public-private partnership between NPS, the D.C. government and the Downtown Business Improvement District.
“I thank Senator Murkowski for taking tremendous leadership and scheduling a hearing for our critical bill to ensure D.C. can work with NPS to maintain and improve the many NPS-owned parks here, particularly Franklin Park,” Norton said. “Most of our neighborhood parks are NPS parks, and with its long backlog of parks needing work nationwide, our bill would enable D.C. to move quickly to address improvements. Our bill received overwhelming bipartisan support when it passed the House, and I will continue to work with Senator Murkowski on getting it passed in the Senate and on the President’s desk.”