Press Release by Congresswoman Pelosi

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

$50.2 Million for Presidio
Appropriations Panel Also Wants Report to Speed Hunters Point Clean-up

July 1, 1999

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco, a senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, announced today that the full Committee approved a fiscal year 2000 appropriation for the U.S. Interior Department that includes a total of $44.4 million for the Presidio Trust -- $24.4 million for operations and $20 million in borrowing authority to rehabilitate property for leasing.

In addition, the U.S. Park Service received $5.8 million to cover its responsibilities at the Presidio, including $800,000 for rehabilitation of Crissy Field. The Committee Report also encourages the Presidio Trust and the Smithsonian Institution to explore avenues for affiliation. "This funding," said Pelosi, "will enable the Presidio to proceed at all deliberate speed toward the twin goals of preserving the essence of a magnificent national park and achieving economic self-sufficiency."

Hunters Point

The Appropriations Committee also approved Pelosi language recognizing "the important progress" being made to clean up Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and complete its transfer to the City of San Francisco.

"It is the belief of the Committee," said Pelosi, "that the necessary funding to achieve the environmental clean-up goals at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard should be allocated by the Navy to expedite, and coincide with, the implementation of City land re-use and redevelopment plans."

The Appropriations Committee directed the Secretary of the Navy to report to the Committee no later than January 15, 2000, on the progress being made to complete the timely transfer and redevelopment of Hunters Point and on the compatibility of the process with local revitalization plans. "This provision is important," Pelosi noted, "because it will hurry the reinvigoration of the surrounding neighborhoods and create much-needed job opportunities."

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