H.R. 3286, Protecting States, Opening National Parks Act

Cost Estimate
December 18, 2013

As ordered reported by the House Committee on Natural Resource on December 4, 2013

H.R. 3286 would direct the Secretary of the Treasury to reimburse states for funds they donated to the federal government to operate certain national park units during the period of lapsed appropriations that occurred from October 1, 2013, to October 16, 2013. Governors of six states (Arizona, Colorado, New York, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Utah) signed agreements with the Department of the Interior (DOI) to donate about
$3.6 million to operate 13 national park units. When the appropriations for the National Park Service were enacted on October 17, 2013, about $1.6 million of the unspent donations were returned to the states. CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 3286 would result in spending of about $2 million—an amount equivalent to the states’ donations that were spent to operate national park units during that period.

Enacting H.R. 3286 would increase direct spending by $2 million in 2014; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. Enacting H.R. 3286 would not impact revenues.

H.R. 3286 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act. Six states would benefit from reimbursement of operating expenses for some national parks if this bill is enacted.