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Bill to expand Black Hills National Cemetery headed to president
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Bill to expand Black Hills National Cemetery headed to president

Bill that doubles the size of Black Hills National Cemetery headed to President


Gary Matthews - May 16, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A bill that will secure the future of Black Hills National Cemetery is headed to the president's desk.

South Dakota Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds say the legislation will facilitate a permanent land transfer of approximately 200 acres of Bureau of Land Management land to expand the cemetery located just outside Sturgis.

The bill, which the senators reintroduced during the first week of the 115th Congress, passed the Senate by a voice vote in December of 2017. With the House of Representatives passage, it now heads to the President's desk.

South Dakota's delegation says it's important that South Dakota's veterans know there will be space for them to rest peacefully at the Black Hills National Cemetery.

Under current law, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act limits transfers like this one to a lifespan of 20 years. The Black Hills National Cemetery Boundary Expansion Act will make this particular transfer permanent.



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