San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Boundary Expansion Act of 2013





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Published on Jun 3, 2013

Thank you, Mr. Speaker and Chairman for allotting me this time to speak in full support of HR 885. Additionally, I would like to thank Chairman Hastings and Ranking Member Markey for their work on this vital piece of legislation.

I'm proud to be an original co-sponsor of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Boundary Expansion Act of 2013.

This bill would expand the boundary of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, including Espada Missions of the 23rd Congressional District of Texas and study potential redevelopment on the south side of San Antonio.

Texas' missions are inextricably part of our culture and history. Like the families of their founders, the missions trace their history back decades before the United States ever claimed its independence.

All four missions are within several miles of each other. Individually, the missions of San Antonio are marvels of architecture and history. Together, they are an incomparable treasure allowing each of us to come face to face with our nation's proud past. Enacting this legislation is critical to completion of the world famous San Antonio Mission Trail.

The trail is a national example of public and private cooperation. The community needs the resources and expertise of the National Park Service. Yet, the Park Service could not operate without the investment of time and money by the local community.

As the congressman for Espada Mission - and as a personal fan of the missions and their history - I believe the National Park Service and the City of San Antonio will benefit historically and economically with passage of this Boundary Extension Act.

It's rare that we can protect key areas, preserve history and create jobs all at the same time. Expanding the mission boundaries will do all of that - and more.

Thank you for this time and I encourage my colleagues to support and pass HR 885.

I yield back.


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