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Madeleine Bordallo, D-GU

Ms. BORDALLO. Madam Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and pass the bill (H.R. 3336) to direct the Secretary of the Interior to carry out a study to determine the suitability and feasibility of establishing a historic district to the Camp Hale on parcels of land in the State of Colorado, as amended.

The Clerk read the title of the bill.

The text of the bill is as follows:

H.R. 3336

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Camp Hale Study Act''.

SEC. 2. SPECIAL RESOURCE STUDY OF THE SUITABILITY AND FEASIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING CAMP HALE AS A UNIT OF THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM.

(a) In General.--The Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Director of the National Park Service, (hereinafter referred to as the ``Secretary'') shall complete a special resource study of Camp Hale to determine--

(1) the suitability and feasibility of designating Camp Hale as a separate unit of the National Park System; and

(2) the methods and means for the protection and interpretation of Camp Hale by the National Park Service, other Federal, State, or local government entities or private or nonprofit organizations.

(b) Study Requirements.--The Secretary shall conduct the study in accordance with section 8(c) of Public Law 91-383 (16 U.S.C. 1a-5).

(c) Report.--Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are made available to carry out this Act, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate a report containing--

(1) the results of the study; and

(2) any recommendations of the Secretary.

SEC. 3. EFFECT OF STUDY.

Nothing in this Act shall affect valid existing rights, including--

(1) all interstate water compacts in existence on the date of the enactment of this Act (including full development of any apportionment made in accordance with the compacts);

(2) water rights decreed at the Camp Hale site or flowing within, below, or through the Camp Hale site;

(3) water rights in the State of Colorado;

(4) water rights held by the United States; and

(5) the management and operation of any reservoir, including the storage, management, release, or transportation of water.

1:34 PM EDT

Madeleine Bordallo, D-GU

Ms. BORDALLO. Madam Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all Members may have 5 legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration.

1:35 PM EDT

Madeleine Bordallo, D-GU

Ms. BORDALLO. Madam Speaker, H.R. 3336 was introduced by our colleague from Colorado, Representative DOUG LAMBORN. The bill directs the National Park Service to study how best to preserve Camp Hale near Leadville, Colorado.

Camp Hale operated from 1942 to 1965 as a winter and a high-altitude training venue for the 10th Mountain Division and other elements of the U.S. Armed Forces.

The 250,000-acre camp was also used by the Central Intelligence Agency as a secret center for training Tibetan refugees in guerilla warfare to resist the Chinese occupation.

The lands were returned to the Forest Service in 1966. Today, the camp is part of the White River and San Isabel National Forest. Camp Hale was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.

Madam Speaker, I urge my colleagues to support passage of this measure, and I reserve the balance of my time.