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Congresswoman Barbara Comstock

Representing the 10th District of Virginia

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Rep. Comstock Bill for Land Exchange at Claude Moore Colonial Farm Passes Senate

June 7, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10) made the following statement after her legislation, H.R. 1397, passed the Senate yesterday:

“The Claude Moore Colonial Farm in McLean is a treasure in our community.  This living history museum portrays family life on a small farm at the birth of our nation and is something enjoyed for years by many as a wonderful learning opportunity for all ages.” said Congresswoman Barbara Comstock.

“Last Congress, I was asked by local residents, supporters, and employees of the Farm to help resolve an issue with land boundaries at Claude Moore Colonial Farm, the Federal Highway Administration, and the Central Intelligence Agency since federal land and property transfers, no matter how small, require an act of Congress.  I am pleased this legislation has finally passed the Senate and will provide the needed permanent fix to address concerns about access and security at these facilities.”

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 in 2016 and was sponsored by Senator Mark Warner (D-VA).