IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
February 13, 2017
Mrs. Shaheen (for herself and Ms. Collins) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To amend the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act to provide for a lifetime National Recreational Pass for any veteran with a service-connected disability.
This Act may be cited as the
Wounded Veterans Recreation Act of 2017.
National recreational passes for disabled veterans
Section 805(b) of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (16 U.S.C. 6804(b)) is amended by striking paragraph (2) and inserting the following:
The Secretary shall make the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass available, without charge and for the lifetime of the passholder, to the following:
Any United States citizen or person domiciled in the United States who has been medically determined to be permanently disabled for purposes of section 7(20)(B)(i) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 705(20)(B)(i)), if the citizen or person provides adequate proof of the disability and such citizenship or residency.
Any veteran with a service-connected disability, as defined in section 101 of title 38, United States Code.
To the extent necessary, the Secretary of the Interior shall offset any direct spending authorized under paragraph (2) of section 805(b) of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (16 U.S.C. 6804(b)) (as added by subsection (a)) using any additional amounts that may be made available to the Secretary of the Interior for the applicable fiscal year.