Senate votes to expand Shiloh National Military Park

Press release from Sen. Lamar Alexander

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2018 – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the Senate’s passage of his bill to expand the Shiloh National Military Park in Shiloh, Tennessee, will help attract more visitors to Tennessee, boost local economies, and protect the site for future generations.

“We talk a lot about the importance of science and math, but, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, most high school seniors in America score the worst in history. I can think of no better way to encourage the study of U.S. history than to protect and preserve sites like the Shiloh National Military Park so future generations can learn about our past and help us become better Americans in the future,” Alexander said. “Expanding the Park will also provide an opportunity to attract more visitors to Tennessee and boost local economies.”

Alexander introduced the Senate version of the bill –the Shiloh National Military Park Boundary Adjustment and Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield Designation Act – on January 11, 2017. The legislation would expand the boundary of Shiloh National Military Park to include three Civil War battlefields in Tennessee and Mississippi and designate Parker’s Crossroads as an affiliated area of the National Park System. U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) introduced the same legislation in the House of Representatives, which passed the House on February 27, 2017. The Senate approved the House version of the bill in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on March 30, 2017. The House version of the legislation was amended in the Senate and so the bill will now go back to the House of Representatives for consideration.

3 Responses to Senate votes to expand Shiloh National Military Park

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    James White says:

    More Federal Land Power Grab. Unconstitutional.

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    Why are we just hearing about this action now? From what I am reading this is not so much about a federal land grab but about the inefficiency and ineffectiveness of our government system. From what I am reading yesterday Senator Alexander announced that legislation passed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate over 14 months ago has not yet been resolved into something they can send to the President for a signature. Well that says a lot and certainly explains why they had to cancel the August recess just to get some of this backlog cleared. Way to go guys!

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    William Upton says:

    It is pathetic for the Senate to be that slow. At least for a change they are trying to preserve history instead of destroy. The land is being grabbed for good reason.

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