May 22, 2019
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, questioned U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary David Bernhardt about the agency’s progress in acquiring historic properties and a building for the visitors center at Ste. Genevieve National Historic Park. Blunt also received an update on DOI’s plan for hiring staff for the National Park Service (NPS) unit. In March 2018, Blunt’s legislation to establish the Ste. Genevieve National Historic Park and designate it as a unit of the NPS was signed into law.
In February 2019, Blunt announced that the FY2019 funding bill included dedicated resources for new units in the National Park System, including the Ste. Genevieve National Historic Park. In August 2018, Blunt attended a ceremonial signing of the cooperative agreements that ensure Ste. Genevieve historic properties are preserved. This marked the final statutory step needed to establish Ste. Genevieve as a national park.