Rep. Comstock Bill for Land Exchange at Claude Moore Colonial Farm Passes House
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10) made the following statement today after her legislation, H.R. 1397, passed the House of Representatives last night:
“The Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run in McLean is a living history museum that portrays family life on a small farm at the birth of our nation,” said Congresswoman Barbara Comstock. “My family has enjoyed this historic site in our neighborhood for years and I was pleased this bill passed last night. Federal land and property transfers, no matter how small, require an act of Congress. During my first term, area residents, supporters of Claude Moore Farm and the employees of the Farm asked me to help resolve an issue with land boundaries at Claude Moore Colonial Farm, the Federal Highway Administration, and the Central Intelligence Agency. This legislation saves taxpayer resources and finally provides a permanent fix to address the concerns about access and security at these facilities.”
“We are very grateful that this transfer of land is being completed as it has allowed the Farm to have free and open vehicular access. We sincerely thank Congresswoman Comstock for getting this accomplished.” - Phillip C. Zane, President Claude Moore Colonial Farm
On September 11, 2002, the National Park Service and the Federal Highway Administration entered into an agreement under which the transfer of administrative jurisdiction, management, and maintenance of the lands in question were agreed upon. It has needed an Act of Congress to become official. The legislation will transfer federal land within the boundary of the George Washington Memorial Parkway from the Department of Interior to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and from DOT to Interior federal land within the boundary of the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center of the Federal Highway Administration adjacent to the parkway. This legislation is similar to an amendment that passed the United States Senate last year and was sponsored by Senator Mark Warner (D-VA).