Washington, DC - Today, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed three pieces of legislation, including bills to restore Lake Tahoe, protect migratory birds, and create a museum dedicated to women's history. The committee also passed several Army Corps of Engineers study resolutions and General Services Administration (GSA) prospectuses. The measures were approved by voice vote and will now go to the full Senate for consideration.
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee said: "I am pleased that the committee has worked together to pass several important bills today aimed at restoring our treasured Lake Tahoe, protecting our wildlife and another to create a museum dedicated to women's history in Washington, DC. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to move these bills through the Senate."
Lake Tahoe Restoration:
S. 2724, the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act of 2010 was introduced by Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) with Senator Boxer, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Senator John Ensign (R-NV). The legislation is aimed at advancing the environmental restoration and forest management activities of the Lake Tahoe Basin. It helps ensure Lake Tahoe will continue to provide economic, recreational and ecological benefits for generations to come by authorizing projects to address several issues, including invasive species, wildfires, and restoring and maintaining the Lake's water clarity. The measure would continue and strengthen efforts begun under the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act of 2000.
The Lake Tahoe Restoration Act of 2010 authorizes $415 million over eight years. It is supported by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the California Tahoe Conservancy, the League to Save Lake Tahoe, the Tahoe area fire chiefs, and the Governors of California and Nevada.
National Women's History Museum:
H.R. 1700, S. 2129, the National Women's History Museum Act of 2009, aims to help facilitate the establishment of a museum in Washington, D.C., dedicated to recognizing the contributions of women throughout our nation's history. The museum is a non-partisan, educational institution.
H.R. 2062, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act Penalty and Enforcement Act of 2009, establishes new penalties in connection with death or injury brought on to a migratory bird protected by the Act. The measure also allows the use of law enforcement authority with respect to harmful actions against a migratory bird.
7 Army Corps of Engineers Study Resolutions
The committee approved resolutions which authorize the Corps of Engineers to carry out studies for the purpose of re-examining flood risks and other water resources needs in several cities throughout the state of Montana.
18 GSA Prospectuses