Simpson's I&E Report:
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
9:30 a.m.—The subcommittee will hear testimony from Native American witnesses. To view the schedule for Native American public witness hearings, please visit the subcommittee’s website here. Witnesses will be posted a week in advance.
1:00 p.m.—Native American public witness testimony will continue.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
A Look Back at the Week:
Maintenance backlog and budget priorities:
“At the same time, the budget request for federal land acquisition is increased by 4% and the request for LWCF stateside grant funding is increased by 34%. It seems to me that we ought to be addressing long-term maintenance and repair needs, as well as meeting the needs of the visiting public, before making additional land acquisitions that will only add to the historic funding backlog.”
Restoration of the National Mall
Director Jarvis outlined current restoration efforts, including restoration of the Reflecting Pool near the Lincoln Memorial, implementation of an irrigation system on the Mall’s grass panels, and efforts to mitigate the impact of large events on the Mall. Recently a private donor matched the $7.5 million appropriated in FY12 to address damage to the Washington Monument and its elevator, allowing repairs to move ahead so that the monument can reopen.
Aquatic Invasive Species
Today’s hearing was the tenth of 16 budget oversight hearings Simpson has scheduled for the subcommittee this spring.
“We’ll do our best to address the most urgent priorities of the Smithsonian in this era of shrinking budgets. Having you outline the Smithsonian’s budget priorities is a part of that process,” said Simpson. “If we can’t provide all of the funding you’re requesting for the new [Museum of African American History and Culture] and for the earthquake repairs next year, what items would you defer? These are tough but necessary questions that our subcommittee must address in this budget climate.”
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