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108th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 1516 To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a national cemetery for veterans in southeastern Pennsylvania. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES March 31, 2003 Mr. Gerlach (for himself and Mr. Hoeffel) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a national cemetery for veterans in southeastern Pennsylvania. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. FINDINGS. The Congress finds the following: (1) The metropolitan Philadelphia area is home to over 340,000 veterans and their families. (2) The Philadelphia National Cemetery is closed to all but cremated remains. (3) The Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania is the only practicable inground burial alternative for many veterans and their families. (4) The trip to the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery can be very difficult for many widows, widowers, and other family members from the Philadelphia area who wish to visit the graves of their loved ones. (5) Almost 290,000 veterans in the Philadelphia area live at least 65 miles away from the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. (6) It is in the national interest to establish a new national cemetery in southeast Pennsylvania. SEC. 2. ESTABLISHMENT. (a) In General.--Not later than four years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall establish, in accordance with chapter 24 of title 38, United States Code, a national cemetery in southeastern Pennsylvania to serve the needs of veterans and their families. (b) Consultation in Selection of Site.--Before selecting the site for the national cemetery established under subsection (a), the Secretary shall consult with-- (1) appropriate officials of the State of Pennsylvania and local officials of southeastern Pennsylvania, (2) appropriate officials of the United States, including the Administrator of General Services, with respect to land belonging to the United States in that area, including land at the Valley Forge National Historic Park, that would be suitable for the purpose of establishing the national cemetery under subsection (a); and (3) representatives of veterans service organizations. The Governor of the State of Pennsylvania may establish a blue-ribbon panel consisting of officials of the State and local governments and representatives of veterans service organizations in southeastern Pennsylvania to make a recommendation to the Secretary in the selection of the site. If such a panel is established, not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the chair of the panel shall submit to the Secretary a final recommendation for the site of the national cemetery and an estimate of the acquisition costs, if any, of the site. (c) Report.--(1) Subject to paragraph (2), not later than 6 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the establishment of the national cemetery under subsection (a). The report shall set forth a schedule for such establishment and an estimate of the costs associated with such establishment. (2) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), if the Governor of the State of Pennsylvania submits notice to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs of the establishment of the blue-ribbon panel under subsection (b) within 60 days of the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit the report required under paragraph (1) not later than 6 months after the date of receipt of the final recommendation of the panel. (d) Definition of Southeastern Pennsylvania.--In this section, the term ``southeastern Pennsylvania'' means-- (1) the city of Philadelphia; and (2) the following counties in the State of Pennsylvania: (A) Berks. (B) Bucks. (C) Chester. (D) Delaware. (E) Philadelphia. (F) Montgomery. <all>
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