WASHINGTON- Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation, S. 1302, to convey 150 acres of federally-owned, undeveloped land in Tracy, California, to the City of Tracy. The bill, which was introduced by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, passed the Senate in August 2011. The bill will now go to the President for his signature. Senator Boxer issued the following statement:

Senator Boxer said: "I am so pleased that this bill has passed both the House and Senate and will be signed into law for the City of Tracy. City officials will now be able to move forward with their plan to develop land that has been vacant and unused. This is a wonderful economic opportunity that will bring needed jobs to the area."

S. 1302 is a bill to authorize the Administrator of General Services to convey a parcel of real property in Tracy, California, to the City of Tracy. The legislation was cosponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). It will authorize the Administrator of GSA to convey without restriction a 150 acre parcel of undeveloped land in Tracy, CA at a cost not less than the appraised fair market value. The measure will allow the city to develop the land and create jobs. The city will be responsible for reimbursing the Administrator for any costs associated with conveyance. Representative Jerry McNerney (CA-11) introduced identical legislation in the House of Representatives, which passed through the House on Monday, May 7th.