3:09 PM EST
Thelma D. Drake, R-VA 2nd

Mrs. DRAKE. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself as much time as I may consume.

H.R. 853, introduced by our colleague from California (Mr. McKeon), removes land use restrictions on property acquired from the Forest Service by the Mammoth Community Water District in Mono County, California.

In 1987, the U.S. Forest Service conveyed 25 acres to the water district under land use conditions at the time. Of these lands, 12 acres are now needed for different uses, including much-needed water utility operations. Implementation of this noncontroversial bill will ultimately benefit the local water consumer and will adhere to all Federal, State, and local environmental laws.

I urge my colleagues to support this commonsense legislation.

Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.