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house Bill H.R. 337

Black Hills National Cemetery Boundary Expansion Act

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Title

Black Hills National Cemetery Boundary Expansion Act

Official Title

To transfer administrative jurisdiction over certain Bureau of Land Management land from the Secretary of the Interior to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for inclusion in the Black Hills National Cemetery, and for other purposes.

Summary

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.) Black Hills National Cemetery Boundary Expansion Act (Sec. 2) This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to: (1) complete environmental, cultural resource, and other due diligence activities on certain public land to confirm its suitability for inclusion in the Black Hills National Cemetery, South Dakota; and (2) notify the Department of the Interior of such activities. After completion of such activities and upon receipt by Interior of written confirmation of suitability from the VA, the land shall: (1) be withdrawn from all forms of appropriation under the public land laws, including the mining laws, the mineral leasing laws, and the geothermal leasing laws, for as long as it remains under VA administrative jurisdiction; (2) be deemed property; and (3) be transferred to the VA for use as national cemeteries. (Sec. 3) Interior shall publish a notice containing the legal descriptions of such transferred land. The VA shall reimburse Interior for reasonable transfer costs, including survey costs. (Sec. 4) Upon a determination by the VA that all or a portion of such transferred land shall not be used for cemetery purposes, the VA shall: (1) notify Interior and transfer jurisdiction of the land back to Interior, and (2) be responsible for any decontamination costs necessary for restoration of the lands to the public lands.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • The house Passed February 6th, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 407 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Natural Resources
      Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedJanuary 5th, 2017

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    This bill seeks to allow cultural and natural resource survey on 200 acres of land adjacent to the Black Hills National Cemetery. This land would then be added to the cemetery and would not be up for mining, drilling, etc. It also states that any land not used for the cemetery can be transferred back. As an archaeologist who specializes in cemeteries and human remains this is absolutely the way to go. Please vote yes!
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    This bill calls for the exchange of 200 acres of land to expand an already existing cemetery, with a section dedicated to the restoration of unused land by the Secretary of Veteran Affairs. Instead, the Secretary of Veteran Affairs should figure out how much land would be used, and then ask for that amount instead of just being given 200 acres. Black Hills National Cemetery is already 109 acres. Under Section 2 B Paragraph 2 (1) withdrawn from all forms of appropriation under the public land laws, including the mining laws, the mineral leasing laws, and the geothermal leasing laws, for as long as the lands remain under the administrative jurisdiction of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; Which means that it would be up for mining, mineral leasing, and geothermal leasing because it would no longer be under the public lands laws.
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    There needs to be more information in order to give an opinion
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    Opposed, until "used for other purposes" is clearly defined.
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    People are misunderstanding this bill - land withdrawal means the land /cannot/ be used for those other purposes (e.g. mining). This is simply a public appropriation of lands for cemetery space, and anything additional can be given back.
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    I don't see why 200 acres would be transferred before the VA knows how much land it needs. Come back with a firm number, and I'll consider it.
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    One cannot be assured that this doesn't infringe on current Native lands.
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    "Other purposes" need specifics for a yea!
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    Bill's language is too vague. Those "purposes" must be explicitly defined.
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    Why didn't you vote????
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    "Other Purposes'
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    Shame on you. Hope your constituents realize you are NOT representing us and need to be replaced in the next election. Maybe this will sharpen your listening and comprehension skills.
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    Yes, allow this land to be added to the cemetery and protect is from mining and drilling, etc
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    Public lands were created for a reason, to keep them from being rapped and pillage by unethical gov/business. The specification of "...including the mining laws, mineral leasing laws, and the geothermal leasing laws..." gives me concern as to the true natire of the bill so that is a "No"
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    Ethics over greed every time - every vote please!
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    Protect our cultural heritage!
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    Take the land away from the public.
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    This is a good and patriotic project. Our veterans deserve an appropriate resting place. Allow our nation to give them the respect they deserve to the last.
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    This is a cheap trick to remove protection of our natural spaces
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    nay until the other purposes are clearly defined just like the other shit is defined in this bill
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