Rep. Courtney’s Amendment to Save Plum Island
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Rep. Courtney’s Amendment to Save Plum Island


FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT SEEK RECOGNITION?>>THE CLERK HAS AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. THE CHAIR: THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT. DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE AS THE DESIGNEE? >>I DO, MR. SPEAKER, FOR MR. ZEIN. THE CHAIR: THE CHAIR THANKS THE GENTLEMAN. THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 P, OFFERED BY MR. COURTNEY OF CONNECTICUT. THE CHAIR: PURSUANTO HOE RESOLUTION 46, 0 THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR. COURTNEY, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MUTES THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT. MR. COURTNEY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BIPAISANRT AMEMENTO PROTECT PLUM ISLAND, WHICH IS BEING OFFERED BY MR. ZELDIN OF NEW YORK, MYSELF, CONESSWOMAN DELAWYER ROWE AND TOM SWOZZ’ — SUOZZI WHO ALSO REPRESENTS A PART OF THE ISLAND. PLUM ISLAND IS THE OHM OF — HOME OF OVER 200 BIRD SPECIES AND CLOUNT COUNTLESS RARE PLANT SPECIES, INCLUDING THE BLACK JACK OAK SPECIES. OUR AMENDMENT IS SIMPLE. IT PREVENTS THE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION FROM USING FEDERAL DOLLARS FOR THE SALE OR MARKETING OF PLUM ISLAND. OV ER A DECADE AGO CONGRESS MANDATED THE SAL O ISLAND WITH PROCEEDS INTENED TO PARTIALLY OFFSET A NEW BUY YOW AN AGRO FACILITY IN KANSAS. THIS DICTATED THEY MIST SELL TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER AND ALSO THAT TRANSFERRING IT TO ANOTHER FEDERAL ENTITY OR NONPROFIT WAS NOT AN OPTION WHICH IS NORMALLY THE WAY THAT PROPERTY SUCH AS THIS IS DISPOSED OF IN OTHER CASES. E STATUTORY REQUIREMENT ENACTED IN 2008 WAS FLAWED AND SHORT CIRCUITS THE G.S.A.’S USUAL PROCESS OF FINDING OTHER FEDERAL USES FOR THE LAND OR NONPROFITS TO TAKE CUSTODY OF THE LAND BEFORE AN AUCTION. MYOLLEAGUE FROM ACROSS LONG ISLAND SOUND, CONGRESSMAN LIEZEL DIN, AND H IAVE INTRODUCED SEVERAL MEASURES TO SLOW DOWN OR BLOCK THE SALE OF PLUM ISLAND SUPPORTED BY ENVIRONMENTAL AND CONSERVANCY GROUPS ON BOTH SIDES OF LONG ISLAND SOUND. IN TSEVERAL CONGRESS, EHOUSE HAS VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO HELP OUR EFFORT, UNFORTUNATELY, IT HAS STALLED IN THE SENATE. WE HAVE WORKED WITH CONGRESSWOMAN DELAURO TO HAVE LANGUAGE INCRUDED IN THE HOMELAND SECURITY BILL WHICH HOPEFULLY WILL BE TAKEN UP SHORTLY, THAT MAY COME UP LATE THEY ARE SUMMER THAT WOULD TOTALLY PREVENT THE SALE OF PLUM ISLAND. WE HAVE BEEN WORKING IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER TO SAVE THIS ECOLOGICAL TREASURE, PLUM ISLAND, FOR OVER A DECADE. THIS AMENDMENT COULD HELP PROTECT THIS ECOLOGICAL TREASURE FROM OVERDEVELOPMENT AND DESTRUCTION. I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER AND MR. QUIGLEY FOR THEIR SUPPORT IN ALLOWING THIS MATTER TO MAKE IT THROUGH THE RULES MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS RGE ALL AMENDMENT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. ES ANYDOONE CLAIM TIME IN

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