In Xenia, Portman Visits The Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument


Portman Highlights Senate Passage of His Bipartisan Restore Our Parks Act Legislation to Address Deferred Maintenance


June 26, 2020 | Press Releases

XENIA, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) visited the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument to see firsthand the site's deferred maintenance needs and to discuss Senate passage of his bipartisan Restore Our Parks Act to address the more than $12 billion backlog in long-delayed maintenance projects at the National Park Service. The Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument has unmet maintenance needs, including rehabilitating the parking lot and shed, and repairing the banks of the creek at the site.

"I’m glad I was able to visit the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument to see firsthand the maintenance needs as well as discussing the recently passed bipartisan legislation that would address these projects," said Portman. “I’m pleased that the Senate passed my bill, the Restore Our Parks Act, as part of passed the Great American Outdoors Act last week and I urge the House to pass this legislation as soon as possible. The Restore Our Parks Act will create jobs and rebuild our national parks infrastructure by addressing the $12 billion deferred maintenance backlog at our national park sites throughout the country, including more than $100 million in maintenance backlog in Ohio’s eight national parks. We must do our part to preserve these national treasures for generations to come.” 

Last week, the Senate passed Portman’s bipartisan Restore Our Parks Act, landmark legislation he has pushed for years to protect and preserve America’s national parks.  The bill will support more than 100,000 jobs over the next five years by rebuilding critical park infrastructure to help address the more than $12 billion backlog in long-delayed maintenance projects at the National Park Service (NPS). The Restore Our Parks Act is a part of a broader package, the Great American Outdoors Act, that addresses the deferred maintenance backlog across federal land management agencies and provides permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. President Trump has voiced his support for this legislative effort.