What: All Issues : Environment : Wildlife/Forest/Wilderness/Land Conservation : (H.R. 1612) Passage of legislation requiring the Interior Department to establish an office to coordinate Public Land Service Corps (PLSC) programs (The PLSC provides youth with volunteer opportunities relating to repair and restoration projects in national parks) (2010 house Roll Call 151)
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(H.R. 1612) Passage of legislation requiring the Interior Department to establish an office to coordinate Public Land Service Corps (PLSC) programs (The PLSC provides youth with volunteer opportunities relating to repair and restoration projects in national parks)
house Roll Call 151     Mar 20, 2010
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

This was a vote on passage of legislation requiring the Interior Department to establish an office to coordinate Public Land Service Corps (PLSC) programs. The PLSC provides youth with volunteer opportunities relating to repair and restoration projects in national parks. H.R. 1612 would also officially change the name of the  Corps from the "Public Lands Corps (PLC)" to the "Public Lands Service Corps (PLSC)." As amended, the bill would keep in place an annual $12 million limit on funding for the program. In addition, the program would expire within five years unless legislation is enacted to provide additional funding for the PLSC.

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), the sponsor of the bill, urged the House to pass it: "The training and experience Corps members receive while working to improve the condition of our natural and cultural resources will give them a huge advantage when they enter the working world in such professions as science, land management, the building trades, academic disciplines such as history and education. The legislation not only takes a decisive step forward in finishing desperately needed work on our national park lands, forests, wildlife refuges, historic sites and Indian lands, but also recognizes the importance of our coastal and marine systems and our national marine sanctuaries."

Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) argued the bill should put additional restrictionson funding for the PLSC: "What we are doing now is building a program that has no latitudes, no restrictions on what their options are, no restrictions on their funding. This is a hole so wide you could drive a Toyota Prius through it because there is nothing involved that could stop it. That is not the way you do good legislation. This is not the way you do good legislation. But it could be, and it should have been."

The House passed the bill by a vote of 288-116. 230 Democrats and 58 Republicans voted "yea." 114 Republicans and 2 Democrats voted "nay." As a result, the House passed legislation requiring the Interior Department to establish an office to coordinate the Public Land Service Corps.

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