07.22.20

House Passes Schiff’s Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act and Frank E. Evans Act in Bipartisan NDAA

These Amendments Will Preserve Open Space and Add Names of “The Lost 74” to Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Respectively

Washington D.C. – Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) applauded the passage of The Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act and The Frank E. Evans Act, as amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Both amendments passed with bipartisan support.

The Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act would add more than 191,000 acres of the Rim of the Valley Corridor to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA). Schiff first introduced this legislation in 2017, and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris introduced companion legislation in the Senate. In February, it passed the House of Representatives a bipartisan basis.

The Frank E. Evans Act would add the names of 74 sailors who lost their lives on the U.S.S. Frank E. Evans during the Vietnam War to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. 

“I am thrilled that the House of Representatives passed the Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act as an amendment to NDAA,” Rep. Schiff said. “This is legislation I have championed for nearly 20 years and preservation of the open space in our communities is not only good for our environment, wildlife, and ecosystems, but it is beneficial for the health and wellbeing of residents of all ages. The Rim of the Valley corridor is an area of striking and breathtaking natural beauty, and we must do whatever we can to preserve that beauty for the benefit of LA residents, the millions each year who visit, and for generations to come.”

“The Lost 74 died aboard the U.S.S. Frank E. Evans during the Vietnam War, and the House has taken an important step to ensure their sacrifice is not forgotten,” Rep. Schiff continued. “These brave Americans deserve to be honored alongside other fallen servicemembers at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.”

The House passed the NDAA on a bipartisan basis with 295 Yeas and 125 Nays.

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