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Trump Expected to Pick Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers to Host InteriorIf confirmed by the Senate, she would lead administration’s efforts to open up federal lands and waters to fossil-fuel development
WASHINGTON—President-elect Donald Trump is expected to tap Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R., Wash.) to lead the Interior Department, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Ms. McMorris Rodgers, a senior member of the House of Representatives, if confirmed by the Senate, would lead Mr. Trump’s efforts to open up federal lands and waters to fossil-fuel development and reverse environmental policies the Obama administration has pursued over the past eight years.
H. R. 5861
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 14, 2016
Mrs. McMorris Rodgers introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources
To establish terms and conditions under which the Secretary of the Interior shall convey, for fair market value, certain properties in the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area in the State of Washington to the permittees of those properties, and for other purposes.
Congress finds that it is in the public interest to eliminate expensive and contentious disputes between the Secretary and permittees by conveying, for fair market value, certain federally owned land in the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, Washington.
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The purpose of this Act is to establish terms and conditions under which the Secretary shall convey, for fair market value (less the improvements), certain Federal land in the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, Washington.
In this Act:
The term permittee—
means a person who, on the date of the enactment of this Act, holds a valid permit for use of a Property; and (B) includes the permittee’s heirs, executors, and assigns of that permittee’s interest.
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The term Property means Federal land (including improvements) associated by permit with one of 25 private cabins on 26 vacation sites located along Sherman Creek and Rickey Point in the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area.
The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.
The Secretary shall give the permittee of a Property the first option to purchase that Property for fair market value (less the value of all permittee improvements) as determined under subsection (d). The Secretary shall convey the Property as soon as practicable after the date of the enactment of this Act, but no later than at the conclusion of the current permit period. If the Secretary fails to convey the property before the lease expires, the Secretary shall authorize permit extensions at no additional cost to the permittee.
If a permittee declines to purchase a Property, the Secretary shall offer the Property for sale to the general public at fair market value, as determined under subsection (d). If a person other than the permittee purchases the Property, that person shall compensate the permittee for the fair market value of all private improvements made to the Property, as determined under subsection (d).
If no person submits a bid at or above the fair market value as determined under subsection (d), the property shall remain in Federal ownership.
The Secretary shall—
The Secretary shall conduct an appraisal of each Property (less the value of all permittee improvements) to determine the fair market value of that Property. The appraisal shall—
The cost of a conveyance of a Property under this Act, including the cost of required appraisals, shall be paid—
Revenues from the sale of Federal land under this Act shall be made available to the Secretary, without further appropriation, for costs under section 4(e)(1) and for deferred maintenance activities in the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area.