Author archive: Congressman Bob Goodlatte

Legislative Update
Goodlatte Statement on House Passage of 702 Reauthorization Legislation with Reforms
January 11, 2018
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, today delivered the following remarks on the reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), a critical national security tool. The legislation, which passed the House by a vote of 256-164, represents a good first step at reforming Section 702.

Chairman Goodlatte: As you all know, the Judiciary Committee worked diligently, for a year, on legislation that does two things: (1) protect Americans’ civil liberties by requiring a court order to access Section 702 data during domestic criminal investigations; and (2) reauthorize the 702 program, which is our nation’s most indispensable national security tool.

We achieved that, by passing the USA Liberty Act in the House Judiciary Committee last year by an overwhelming, bipartisan vote, which is no easy task.  However, we were able to responsibly balance civil liberties with national security.

The bill we will vote on today was drafted in the spirit of the USA Liberty Act. It is not perfect, and the process getting here was not ideal, but the bill requires, for the first time, a warrant to access 702-collected communications of U.S. persons in criminal investigations.

Moreover, in routine criminal cases, when the FBI accesses U.S. person communications that were incidentally collected, without first obtaining a warrant, the FBI will not be permitted to use those communications in a criminal prosecution.  This will prevent a national security tool from advancing run-of-the-mill criminal prosecutions.

These are meaningful reforms.

The bill that was presented to us before Christmas, with its “optional warrant” construct, was not real reform. The bill we are debating today, however, contains meaningful reforms.  I would have preferred to include additional reforms, but I cannot stress to my colleagues enough that our choice cannot be between a perfect reform bill and expiration of this program. The 702 program is far too important for that. With this bill, we can have meaningful reform and reauthorization.

In its current form, this bill will pass the Senate.

I also want to caution everyone that we cannot go too far in seeking to alter this program. There is an amendment that will be offered, sponsored by Mr. Amash and Ms. Lofgren, which would prevent the FBI from ever querying its 702 database using a US person term.

Imagine the FBI getting a tip from a flight instructor whose student acts suspiciously by expressing great interest in learning how to take off and fly a plane but has no interest in learning how to land the plane.   This could be innocent behavior, but don’t we want law enforcement to at least be able to perform a search to see if they already have in their possession any communications between the student and a foreign actor involved in organizing terrorist plots?  The Judiciary Committee-passed bill would have allowed the search, and allowed law enforcement to view the metadata without a warrant, while requiring a warrant to view the content of the communications.

The Amash/Lofgren amendment, which was rejected in the Judiciary Committee, goes too far and would prevent such a search from even being done.  It would thus kill this critical program by preventing the FBI from even looking at its own databases without a warrant, rendering it ineffective in preventing terrorist attacks and stifling its ability to gather necessary intelligence.  It must not be adopted.

I will vote to support this bill. I will oppose the Amash/Lofgren amendment. I urge my colleagues to join me. Vote for reform and reauthorization.

I reserve the balance of my time.

Legislative Update
Did You Know?
January 6, 2018
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Simplifying the tax code, protecting children from human trafficking, strengthening border security, combating the opioid epidemic, and bolstering career and technical education – these are just some of the many issues addressed by bills passed in the House of Representatives last year. In total, the House passed more than 477 bills in 2017, 86 more than average. Committees in the House, like the House Judiciary Committee, were busy as well, passing 544 bills. Take a moment to learn more at DidYouKnow.gop.

One of the largest accomplishments by Congress last year was enacting pro-growth tax reform. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which is now law, lowers tax rates for families, puts more money in your pocket, and encourages businesses to invest in the United States. Ensuring our veterans receive the service and benefits they deserve was also a central focus of Congress. I was proud to support legislation that is now law to increase accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs, modernize the claims appeals process for veterans, and expand access to education and workforce training for those who have served.

For years we’ve seen an avalanche of federal red tape choking the ability of job creators to grow. One of the first things the House did in 2017 was pass my bill, the Regulatory Accountability Act, to make the regulatory process more transparent and lift unnecessary burdens on job creators. Congress also used a tool called the Congressional Review Act to roll back some of the most egregious rules released in the final days of the Obama Administration. Fifteen of these resolutions to strike costly, overreaching rules from the books were signed into law.

The House also passed two bills that I introduced to help secure America’s borders and improve the enforcement of our immigration laws. Kate’s Law enhances penalties for deported felons who illegally reenter the United States. The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act cracks down on sanctuary policies that allow unlawful and criminal immigrants to be released onto the streets.

Congress sent a strong message by passing legislation to impose new sanctions on Iran, North Korea, and Russia. The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which was signed into law, makes it clear that these countries must be held accountable for their actions against the United States and the global community. Additionally, legislation was signed into law to help rebuild America’s military and give our troops their largest pay raise in eight years. The House also passed a bill fully funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program for the next five years.

It was a busy year in Congress, but there is much work to be done in 2018. I look forward to working on behalf of Virginia’s Sixth District to advance policies that will create greater opportunity for Americans and keep our country safe. As the next session of Congress gets underway, you can contact me through my website at Goodlatte.House.Gov or by visiting one of my offices. I hope you will stay in touch throughout the coming year.

In Case You Missed It
Heading to the President’s desk Passage of my bill, H.R. 954, will lift federal restrictions on land in Rockingham County and will allow the daycare currently using the land to help serve more of the community.

This is good news: Washington Examiner: Over 100 companies giving bonuses after tax victory and here’s a growing list of more.

What does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act mean for you? CBS News: How three different households will fare under the tax bill

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January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month — Human trafficking impacts communities of all sizes, including Virginia’s Sixth Congressional District. I am focused on helping to stop this crime. The House has passed well over a dozen bipartisan bills to help victims, punish traffickers, prevent trafficking, and aid law enforcement. It is imperative that these bills become law. We must do all we can to fight this heinous crime and bring perpetrators to justice. Click here to learn more about human trafficking.

Stopping Global Terrorist Threats
In the past year, the terrorist group ISIS has lost a significant amount of ground. However, while it has received some coverage, it’s safe to say that the successes by the United States in helping to reclaim territory from ISIS have not received the attention they deserve. Thanks to our Armed Forces and strong foreign policy outlined by President Trump and General Mattis, the Secretary of Defense, the grip of ISIS on Iraq and Syria has greatly diminished. The fight against ISIS is certainly not over, but the progress made in the past year is significant. Click here to read more in my weekly column.

 

Legislative Update
Update: House Passes Historic Tax Reform
December 19, 2017
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Tax relief is one step closer for Virginia families. Earlier today, the House passed the bicameral conference report to H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. I supported this bill because at its very core the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is about creating greater opportunity for men and women across the United States. It means more jobs, lower and fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act lowers individual tax rates so families can keep more of their hard-earned money. Under this plan, a family of four earning an income of $73,000 will receive a tax cut of more than $2,000.

Here are just some of the ways this bill impacts you:
• Raises the standard deduction from $12,000 to $24,000 for married couples and from $6,500 to $13,000 for individuals. This means MORE money back in your pocket.
• Expands the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $2,000 and retains the Adoption Tax Credit
• Preserves the mortgage interest deduction for current and future homeowners
• Expands the medical expense deduction
• Maintains popular options used to save for retirement, like 401ks and IRAs
• Provides families with the flexibility to purchase the health coverage they want and need by eliminating the tax penalty created by Obamacare’s individual mandate

By creating a simpler, fairer tax system, the reforms in this bill will help put more money in the pockets of families and encourage job creators of all sizes to invest in the United States.

Following expected action in the Senate later today, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will head to the President’s desk before Christmas. I look forward to seeing this historic tax reform cross the finish line and deliver much-needed tax relief to families across the country.

Learn more about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Visit fairandsimple.gop.

Mythbusting: No, tax reform doesn’t hurt people with disabilities

Quick Links

• Weekly Column: The Senate Has Another Chance to Act on CHIP

• Open Mic w/ AgriPulse: Goodlatte Talks Policy Impacting U.S. Agricultural Industry

• Update: Judiciary Committee Passes Bill to Fight Online Sex Trafficking

• Applications open for Summer 2018 White House Internship Program – click here for more information on how to apply

Goodlatte Praises FCC’s Vote on the Restoring Internet Freedom Order

In the Office this Week 

It was a great surprise to see Dot Richardson and her husband, Bob Pinto, in the office yesterday. Dot is a two-time Olympic gold medalist in softball and is currently the coach of the Liberty University softball team. For anyone who attended the Sixth District Women’s Conference in Lynchburg last year, you’ll recognize Dot as one of our excellent panelists.

 

Legislative Update
Goodlatte Asks Supreme Court to Allow Congress to Finish its Job on the Remote Sales Tax Issue
December 8, 2017
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, filed an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to deny review of the case of South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. Proponents of review seek a Court-imposed solution to challenges in the collection of taxes on sales by out-of-state vendors, a matter that the Court itself has previously said is within Congress’s constitutional jurisdiction. Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) also joined Goodlatte in submitting this bipartisan, bicameral brief.

Goodlatte issued the following statement:
“During my tenure as House Judiciary Committee Chairman, my colleagues and I have worked long and hard, seeking ideas from state representatives, brick-and-mortar shop owners, and online retailers and negotiating a compromise for the collection of already-owed taxes that works for all parties. As a result of these efforts, the House Judiciary Committee has authored draft legislation that balances these competing interests, defends state sovereignty, protects against regulation without representation by states, and promotes simplicity and fairness for traditional retailers and online vendors alike.

“A single decision from the High Court would impose a one-dimensional, heavy-handed solution that short-circuits the legislative process. Unlike the court system, Congress is much better equipped to adopt a nuanced solution that will protect all parties’ legitimate interests without burdening small business owners unfairly.

“I believe a legislative solution to the problem of remote sales tax collection is feasible, and I urge the court to allow Congress to finish its job.”

Background
Read the full text of the brief in opposition to the petition. Previously, Goodlatte described the history of his efforts to resolve the remote sales tax issue. He has also outlined seven basic principles that must be included in any legislative solution for remote sales tax.

Legislative Update
Latest Legislative Update – Congressman Bob Goodlatte
December 5, 2017
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Tax Reform Update
On Friday evening, the U.S. Senate passed their version of tax reform legislation. Now that the House and Senate have passed legislation, the next step is for both bodies to join in a conference committee to work out the differences between the plans. This evening, the House voted to go to conference and formally begin these negotiations. I look forward to productive discussions between the House and Senate to develop a simpler, fairer tax plan that will result in American taxpayers keeping more of their paychecks. Virginia families want tax relief, and now that relief is one step closer to reality. I’ll keep you updated as this process moves forward. I’m hopeful we can get a bill on President Trump’s desk soon.
For more information on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by the House, take a minute to read my recent weekly column on “Delivering Tax Relief to Virginia Families.”

Here are some of the highlights of the House bill:
You can also get the facts on the plan at fairandsimple.gop.

Deadline Approaching: Senate Must Act on CHIP
Unless the Senate acts, Virginia’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is expected to run out of funding on January 31. Approximately 66,000 children and 1,100 pregnant women in Virginia rely on this program for health coverage. The House of Representatives has already passed a bill that extends CHIP funding for five years with my support. However, the Senate has yet to act. On Friday, I joined with several of my colleagues from Virginia in urging the Senate, including Virginia’s senators, to pass the House bill.

Virginians deserve certainty that this program will continue. Read the full op-ed here.

THIS WEEK IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE: FBI Director Wray will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday at 10AM. The House Judiciary Committee has an important responsibility to keep a watchful eye on the FBI to ensure it is fulfilling its missions and that it follows the facts wherever they lead without political interference. I look forward to hearing from Director Wray on the many issues facing the FBI. Click here for more information about the hearing, including the live-stream.

ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: Two bills to help protect public safety are scheduled to be considered by the House this week. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act ensures that the rights of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and others remain intact even when crossing state lines, as long as an individual follows local concealed carry laws. The Fix NICS Act addresses holes in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to help keep guns out of the hands of persons prohibited by federal or state law from receiving or possessing them. Both of these bills have support from Republicans and Democrats. Click here to read more about these bills.

Recently, Silas, a young man from Roanoke, visited my office to talk more about his social studies project and the U.S. government. It was great to meet him! I wish Silas the best of luck in school.

Photos from the Sixth
Recently, Silas, a young man from Roanoke, visited my office to talk more about his social studies project and the U.S. government. It was great to meet him! I wish Silas the best of luck in school.
Dixie Gas & Oil in Verona welcomed me to their headquarters to learn more about some of the federal regulations impacting propane marketers. Federal red tape can have a significant impact on the ability of businesses to grow and create jobs in the real world. I’ll keep working in the House to do all we can to promote the growth of small businesses by freeing them from unnecessary regulation. Thanks to Chris and the team for showing me around!
Reminder: Open Door Meetings Resume in January
Open Door Meetings hosted by Sixth District staff are not held during the month of December. The meetings will resume in January. If you need assistance with a federal agency or would like to express concerns regarding a legislative issue, visit my website for office contact information as well as the best way to email me.

Legislative Update
House Judiciary Committee Approves Bills to Protect the Second Amendment & Curb Gun Violence
November 29, 2017
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Judiciary Committee today approved two bills to protect the Second Amendment and curb gun violence, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 and the Fix NICS Act of 2017. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) applauded today’s Committee approval of these bills in the statement below.

Chairman Goodlatte: “Today the House Judiciary Committee took action to protect Americans’ constitutional right to bear arms and enhance public safety. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act ensures that law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment right does not end when they cross state lines. Citizens with a state-issued concealed carry license or permit, or individuals who are citizens of states that do not require a permit to carry a concealed firearm, should not have to worry about losing these rights when entering another state that may have different rules and regulations.”

“Further, the Fix NICS Act strengthens our nation’s existing laws by ensuring criminals are reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Tragically, our nation has all too often witnessed heinous acts of violence by criminals who should never have been able to purchase a firearm. We must ensure that both federal and state authorities are properly and accurately reporting criminals to NICS so that we prevent crime and protect lives.”

“I thank Representatives Hudson and Culberson for their work on these important bills and look forward to the House of Representatives taking them up in the coming weeks.”

The House Judiciary Committee first approved by a vote of 19-11 the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (H.R. 38), sponsored by Representative Richard Hudson (R-N.C.). This bill allows people with a state-issued concealed carry license or permit, or individuals who are citizens of states that do not require a permit to carry a concealed firearm, to conceal a handgun in any other state that allows concealed carry, as long as the individual follows the laws of that state.

The Committee also approved by a vote of 17-6 the Fix NICS Act of 2017 (H.R. 4477), sponsored by Representative John Culberson (R-Texas). This bipartisan, bicameral bill ensures federal and state authorities comply with existing law and report criminal history records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

The Fix NICS Act also penalizes federal agencies that fail to report relevant criminal records to the FBI, incentivizes states to improve their reporting, and directs federal funding to make sure domestic violence records are accurately reported to the FBI. Further, the bill requires the Bureau of Justice Statistics to report to Congress within 180 days the number of times that a bump stock has been used in the commission of a crime in the United States.

Legislative Update
Thanking Those Who Serve – Congressman Bob Goodlatte
November 24, 2017
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Thanking Those Who Serve
It’s a question we often hear at Thanksgiving: what are you thankful for? Whether you’re sitting down with loved ones over a meal, gathering in a place of worship, or watching your football team play with a leftover turkey sandwich in hand, we have a great deal to be thankful for as Americans. For the freedoms we cherish and our security from foreign threats, it’s our men and women in uniform – both past and present – who we owe a debt of gratitude.

Part of saying thank you to our Armed Forces is ensuring they have the tools needed to protect our country and themselves. Today, our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines confront threats on numerous fronts, and they are often asked to do more with less. It is the responsibility of Congress to provide them with the appropriate resources. After working through differences between House and Senate legislation in a conference committee, the House of Representatives recently passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes funding for the Department of Defense, with overwhelming bipartisan support.

As a member of the conference committee, I supported this bill to set the stage for making necessary investments to rebuild our military strength. The NDAA authorizes funding to help the military restore aging infrastructure. It also includes the largest pay raise for our troops in eight years. Additionally, the NDAA makes the Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance program, a special life insurance program benefiting the spouses and dependents of our men and women in uniform, permanent. These payments are made to more than 60,000 Americans whose military spouse has passed away, either during active duty or after their retirement from military service.

Earlier this month, the House passed more than a dozen bills to make sure our veterans receive the service, care, and respect they deserve. Click here to read more in my weekly column.

As we observe this season of thanksgiving, I hope you’ll join me in saying thank you to America’s heroes and the families they leave behind during the holidays. Congress can do its part by getting this legislation signed into law, but we all have a role in thanking our troops and the veterans who have served the cause of freedom for generations. For the blessing it is to live in this great country and to represent Virginia’s Sixth District, I say thank you.

Grateful for Those Giving Back
It’s always uplifting to hear the many stories of those in the community taking time to give back during the holidays and throughout the year. Great work by students in the central Valley who helped to feed 450 families this Thanksgiving through the Needy Project. The Lynchburg Sheriff’s office is partnering with local businesses to bring Thanksgiving to those in need. Educators in Warren County are going the extra mile to deliver turkeys to students. Congratulations to Roanoke Police Department Capt. Rick Morrison and Pam Irvine, president and CEO of Feeding America Southwest Virginia, on being named in Southern Living’s list of Southerners of the Year!

Shop Small Business Saturday

Don’t forget to visit the many small businesses in communities throughout the Sixth District on Saturday!

Legislative Update
Goodlatte Responds to FCC Chairman Pai’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order
November 24, 2017
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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

WASHINGTON, D.C. – circulated a draft of his Restoring Internet Freedom Order, which will be voted on December 14, 2017.

Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement:

“I applaud FCC Chairman Pai for his commitment to the FCC’s tradition of light-touch regulation that encourages innovation for broadband and internet services. Chairman Pai’s proposed Restoring Internet Freedom Order represents a much-needed reversal from the one-size-fits-all regulations of the previous administration that would have stifled marketplace competition and discouraged innovation.

“In contrast, Chairman Pai’s efforts would liberate internet service providers and small businesses from unnecessary regulations and allow the Federal Trade Commission to establish clear procedures to monitor unfair practices. In addition to these efforts, I look forward to continuing to work with the FTC, the FCC, and all stakeholders to ensure that our antitrust laws are equipped and being used to aggressively punish anticompetitive and discriminatory conduct on the internet

Legislative Update
Goodlatte continues support of Trump-House tax plan
November 16, 2017
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released a statement today after voting in support of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) Trump-House tax plan-what is the truth? in the U.S. House of Representatives:

“More jobs, lower and fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks – these are the goals of tax reform. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is the pro-growth tax reform America needs. By creating a simpler, fairer tax system, the reforms in this bill will help put more money in the pockets of families and encourage businesses to grow and create jobs in the United States. It’s estimated that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will lead to the creation of nearly 25,000 new jobs in Virginia and increase income for middle-income families by more than $2,500. This bill also lowers individual tax rates for low and middle-income families, expands the Child Tax Credit, closes loopholes, and reduces the tax rate on small businesses to the lowest levels since World War II.

“America’s current tax code is stuck in the past. It’s holding back our economy. That’s why Congress must take this opportunity to enact common sense tax reform and create a tax system that works for taxpayers. Now, it’s the Senate’s turn to do their part to deliver tax relief to families across the country. I urge the Senate to keep the positive momentum going and get this bill to the President’s desk.”

For more partisan perspective on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, visit fairandsimple.gop.

Local News
Warren County joins opposition to National Park fee hikes
November 9, 2017
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Shenandoah National Park is awful pretty – but $70 for a day drive?!? Photo NPS

Warren County joined the mounting protest against massive proposed fee hikes to national parks on Wednesday morning, November 8.  The county board of supervisors unanimously approved a resolution urging the National Park Service to reconsider the 180-percent hike from the current $25 daily rate for vehicles to $70.  The item had been part of the Consent Agenda but was removed by Happy Creek Supervisor Tony Carter so the reasons for the action could be publicly discussed.

The resolution asked the county’s congressional delegation – Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, as well as Delegate Robert Goodlatte – to pressure the park service to reject the increase proposed by the Trump Administration.  Warner and Kaine have already expressed strong opposition.

A letter from the local Chamber of Commerce in the board agenda packet also urged the county’s elected officials, business owners and citizens to express their opposition directly to the park service by the public comment deadline of November 23.  That letter from Chamber President Niki Foster, who was present at the morning supervisors meeting, summarized the two-pronged concerns at the heart of growing opposition to the plan – “… a fee of this magnitude may be prohibitive to many tourists, and with fewer tourists come decreased revenue to our business community.  In addition, this fee could make it less affordable for families at the lower end of the economic scale to enjoy the beauty and educational opportunities offered at the Shenandoah National Park.”

As to Foster’s latter point, as Front Royal Town Attorney Doug Napier told us of the proposal’s impact on lower-income Americans, “It’s mean, it’s just mean spirited.”  fee hike plan – maintenance or something else?

As we previously reported, according to the Trump Administration, which is charged with administering the National Park Service (NPS) through the Department of the Interior, the fee hikes will serve to address an $11.3 billion maintenance backlog.

Of the administration proposal, Senators Warner and Kaine said, “These fee increases, many of which are two-to-three times that of current levels, could price out many of our constituents and other individuals and families across the country from visiting these national treasures …we do not believe that shifting the burden to our park visitors in the form of significant fee increases is an appropriate or practical way to reduce the deferred maintenance backlog.”

Warner and Kaine pointed to alternative bipartisan legislation, which Warner co-sponsored, introduced earlier this year as a counter-solution to deal with the long-time national park maintenance backlog.

“The National Park Service Legacy Act would help eradicate the maintenance backlog at the Park Service by directing existing revenues from mineral royalties toward high-priority deferred maintenance needs of the National Park Service, including investing in critical NPS infrastructure like Arlington Memorial Bridge.

“This bipartisan legislation would help repair and restore the aging and deteriorating infrastructure of our national parks and ensure that these treasure are preserved for future generations to enjoy. It would allow the Park Service to reduce its maintenance backlog without having to significantly increase the cost of admittance for visitors of our national parks,” Virginia’s senators said.

The full list of 17 parks targeted in the fee hike proposal is: Shenandoah, Yellowstone, Acadia, Yosemite, Arches, Glacier, Grand Teton, Rocky Mountain, Grand Canyon, Glacier, Denali, Mount Rainier, Sequoia & Kings Canyon, Olympic, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, and Joshua Tree.

As Town Attorney Napier pointed out, North Carolina’s Smokey Mountain National Park with more visitors than Shenandoah annually, is mysteriously off the list. – “There’s no logic to it,” Napier observed.

Current passes at Shenandoah National Park (SNP) are priced at:

  1. Weekly (which serves one to seven days):
    • $25 vehicle (private);
    • $20 motorcycle;
    • $10 bike or walking;
  2. Annual, $50;
  3. Lifetime (62 or older), $80.

At other parks the current 7-day entrance fees vary from $30 at Yellowstone and Yosemite; $25 at Glacier and as little as $10 at Arches.

Proposed peak season fees at the designated parks are:

  1. Weekly passes:
    • $70 vehicle (private) (180% increase at SNP);
    • $50 motorcycle (150% hike at SNP);
    • $30 bike or walking (200% hike at SNP);
    • Annual pass $75 (50% hike at SNP).

On Nov. 8, County Administrator Doug Stanley, left, and board Vice-Chair Tony Carter presented Chair Linda Glavis with the Virginia Association of Counties ‘Supervisor Service Award’ for 10 years in the municipal government saddle. And drawing on that depth of experience Glavis voted to oppose the proposed national park entrance fee hikes, along with her more and less-experienced colleagues. Photo/Roger Bianchini