September 26, 2000
H.R. 4613 - National Historic Lighthouse Act
The Administration supports the preservation of historic lighthouses and
the goals of H.R. 4613. Although the Administration does not object to
House passage of H.R. 4613, there are concerns with this bill.
(Rep. Souder (R) Indiana and 12 others)
H.R. 4613 could result in the conveyance of either: (1) the land
surrounding a historic lighthouse that, under current law, should be
transferred to another federal agency; or (2) a lighthouse that should
remain under the jurisdiction of the United States. The Administration,
therefore, urges Congress to take up S. 2805, an Administration proposal
that would accomplish the objectives of H.R. 4613 within the statutory
framework of the Property Act and address these concerns. In addition, S.
2805 would preserve the current statutory framework that provides for the
conveyance of lighthouses on National Forest System lands and the right of
other federal agencies to obtain these properties if needed for federal