Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) celebrated the Senate Energy and National Resources Committee's approval of his legislation, Thursday, to authorize the creation of Delaware's first national park.
"The First State may be small, but it has had a tremendous role in the history of our country," said Sen. Carper. "For over a decade, I have been working with federal officials, state officials, community leaders and activists in the hopes that one day we could tell Delaware's unique story through a national park. I'm grateful that the members of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, including my colleague and this bill's cosponsor Chris Coons, showed their support for this effort. I'm pursuing every possible avenue to make Delaware's national park a reality, and today's action is an important step forward. This national park would help boost Delaware's economy, preserve our natural wonders and historical heritage for future generations, and finally include every state in our country's storied national park system. I hope we'll take up this bill soon in the Senate, and I look forward to the day when visitors from across the world will visit Delaware to hear our important story."