Apr 26, 2013

Washington, DC (April 26, 2013) – Today, the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation held a hearing on HR1229, the White Sands Missile Range Security Enhancement Act, introduced by Congressman Pearce.  This legislation would transfer 5,100 acres of land adjacent to White Sands Missile Range from BLM to the Army to ensure the missions at the Range.   

“I would like to thank Chairman Bishop and his staff for their willingness to discuss this bill today,” said Pearce.  “White Sands Missile Range is unlike any other military installation in the United States.  Because of its history, remote location, and unique mission, the base is able to work on a wide range of vital national security projects, from testing sophisticated weapons systems to communicating with the International Space Station.  Today’s legislation ensures that these important missions are able to continue, for the safety of the United States and the future of New Mexico.”

H.R. 1299 is a jurisdictional transfer of land from BLM to the Army in support of the national security missions at White Sands Missile Range’s NASA facility.  The BLM, the Army, and other members of New Mexico’s Congressional Delegation have been supportive of protecting this mission. Senators Udall and Heinrich have introduced similar legislation in the Senate.