House Committee Chairs Need to Hear from You

H.R. 2991, the Susquehanna National Heritage Area Act, has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Lloyd Smucker of Lancaster County, with Congressmen Scott Perry and Patrick Meehan as lead co-sponsors. This bill will designate Lancaster and York Counties as America’s 50th National Heritage Area. Now we need your help with getting the bill a hearing and mark-up by the House Committee on Natural Resources and the Subcommittee on Federal Lands. Committee Chairman Rob Bishop and Subcommittee Chairman Tom McClintock need to hear from you today!

Please take the following steps to show your support for our new National Heritage Area:

  1. Scroll down to our sample message below, highlight and right click the message text, then select “copy” from the pop-up menu.
  2. Open the House Natural Resources Committee contact page here: https://naturalresources.house.gov/contact/
  3. Complete the required contact info fields, right click in the “Message” text box and select “paste” from the pop-up menu to insert the sample message text, add “Congressman Rob Bishop, Chairman, House Committee on Natural Resources” at the beginning of the message, and make any edits or additions to personalize your message.
  4. Click the “I’m not a robot” box and “Send E-mail” to submit your message.
  5. Repeat the same steps and submit a second message addressed to “Congressman Tom McClintock, Chairman, Subcommittee on Federal Lands.”

SAMPLE MESSAGE:

[Congressman’s Name & Chairman Title]:

I write to ask you to schedule a legislative hearing and mark-up on H.R. 2991, the Susquehanna National Heritage Area Act. This important bill, introduced by Congressman Lloyd Smucker (R-PA), will establish the Susquehanna National Heritage Area along the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. H.R. 2991 has bi-partisan support and all Republican members of the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation have co-sponsored the bill.

National Heritage Areas are a low-cost but effective alternative to new and expensive National Park Service units for emerging places of national significance like our region of Pennsylvania. They are locally managed and controlled with a small federal footprint and modest federal funding, but can leverage the well-respected National Park Service brand to attract heritage and outdoor travelers to local attractions with a national story to tell.

The Susquehanna National Heritage Area will boost visibility and visitation for our region and promote the majestic Susquehanna River as a national destination for heritage and outdoor recreation. It will help our communities harness the economic power of visitors, create jobs, and enhance our region’s economy.

Please hold a hearing and mark-up on H.R. 2991 soon and help our region take its rightful place in the national story!

[Writer’s Name]

To send your message by U.S Mail or fax, please prepare separate letters to Committee Chairman Bishop and Subcommittee Chairman McClintock and mail/fax to the following addresses:

(Note that mailed letters may be delayed due to security screening):

Honorable Rob Bishop, Chairman
Committee on Natural Resources
United States House of Representatives
1324 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2761
Fax: (202) 225-5929

Honorable Tom MCClintock, Chairman
Subcommittee on Federal Lands
United States House of Representatives
1324 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2761
Fax: (202) 225-5929

Let Us Know You’ve Sent a Message:

Email us at info@susquehannaheritage.org

To learn more about the Susquehanna National Heritage Area:

http://www.susquehannaheritage.org/about-us/our-work/national-heritage-area-designation/