Pelosi Statement on Amendment Eliminating Presidio Funding
Contact: Nadeam Elshami/Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616
Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed an amendment by Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) to eliminate federal funding for the Presidio Trust as part of H.R.1, the fiscal year 2011 funding resolution, by a vote of 239-186.
“The Presidio has long been a shining example of a successful public-private partnership, crafted with the support of both Republicans and Democrats. Today, we were pleased the Presidio again received bipartisan support, including Chairman Mike Simpson of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Environment. Transforming a military post into an urban national park, we created a model for the nation.
“From its creation, we intended the Presidio to eventually become financially self-sustaining; every year, the federal investment required for the Presidio decreases. Instead, today’s misguided Republican action would result in higher future obligations by the federal government.
“The Presidio Trust is well on its way toward meeting its financial, stewardship, and public use goals, and is headed toward self-sufficiency in 2013. I will fight alongside Senators Feinstein and Boxer to ensure that this damaging provision never becomes law.”