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SA 676. Mr. COBURN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 146, to establish a battlefield acquisition grant program for the acquisition and protection of nationally significant battlefields and associated sites of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

At the appropriate place, insert the following:
(a) In General.--Except as provided in subsection (b), the Secretary of the Interior (acting through the Director of the National Park Service) (referred to in this section as the ``Secretary'') shall not begin any new construction in units of the National Park System until the Secretary determines that all existing sites, structures, trails, and transportation infrastructure of the National Park Service are--
(1) fully operational;
(2) fully accessible to the public; and
(3) pose no health or safety risk to the general public or employees of the National Park Service.
(b) Exclusions.--Subsection (a) shall not affect--
(1) the replacement of existing structures in cases in which rehabilitation costs exceed new construction costs; or
(2) any new construction that the Secretary determines to be necessary for public safety.

(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Mar 17, 2009.)