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Congressman Denny Heck

Representing the 10th District of Washington

House of Representatives Advances the Billy Frank Jr. Tell Your Story Act

Oct 8, 2015
Press Release
Legislation adds Nisqually tribe leader and civil rights hero’s name to the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, creates National Historic Site for location of Medicine Creek Treaty signing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Representative Denny Heck (D-Wash.) thanked the House Natural Resources Committee for their unanimous support to advance the Billy Frank Jr. Tell Your Story Act.

During the full committee markup, members of the House Natural Resources Committee passed the Billy Frank Jr. Tell Your Story Act, H.R. 2270.

“This man was known for his amazing ability to bring folks together,” Heck said. “The impact of Billy Frank Jr. should be known by every visitor to that refuge. I’d like to thank the committee for their efforts and dedication to advance this legislation. Next we will work to get the votes to pass it on the House floor.”

The committee markup memorandum about the bill can be found on the committee’s website. Heck’s testimony and words of support from Natural Resources Federal Lands Subcommittee Chairman Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) and other members can be found on YouTube.

Cosponsors include the entire Washington state Congressional delegation (Reps. Suzan DelBene, Jaime Herrera-Beutler, Derek Kilmer, Rick Larsen, Jim McDermott, Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, Dan Newhouse, Dave Reichert, Adam Smith), Congressional Native American Caucus Co-Chairs Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), Chair of Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs Don Young (R-Alaska), and Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.).

More information on the Billy Frank Jr. Tell Your Story Act can be found on