2:16 PM EST

Rick Larsen, D-WA 2nd

Mr. LARSEN of Washington. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that [Page: H8299]

all Members may have 5 legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration.

2:16 PM EST

Rick Larsen, D-WA 2nd

Mr. LARSEN of Washington. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Under what is known as the Long Term Leasing Act, lands held in trust for Indian tribes may be leased for a variety of purposes for a term of no greater than 25 years, with an option for an additional 25 years if approved by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Often, tribes find that in order to operate more efficiently and to sustain economic development activities, they need to be able to lease trust lands for longer periods. In fact, through various acts of Congress, approximately 50 tribes have been granted the ability to issue leases not to exceed 99 years.

The pending legislation would afford this extended leasing authority to several tribes in the State of Oregon.

I want to commend our colleagues, Mr. DeFazio and Mr. Schrader from Oregon, for their work in getting this bill to the floor. I ask Members to support it.

I reserve the balance of my time.