December 22, 2020 12:40 PM
The COVID-19 second stimulus got most of the headlines through its passage yesterday, but another bill to re-designate the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site to Jimmy Carter National Historic Park has wound its way through the legislative process and will be sent to President Donald Trump for his signature. Both of Georgia’s US Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler issued a release about the bills passage:
ATLANTA, GA – U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) helped secure unanimous Senate passage of the Jimmy Carter National Historical Park Redesignation Act, a bill that re-designates the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains, Georgia, as the “Jimmy Carter National Historical Park.”
This bill was originally introduced in the Senate and House by Senator Perdue and Congressman Sanford Bishop (D-GA-02), respectively, and is sponsored by the entire Georgia congressional delegation. Having now passed both the Senate and House, the bill heads to President Trump for his signature.
“No matter where life has taken me, from the Governor’s mansion to the White House, Plains has always been my home,” said President Carter. “Rosalynn joins me in thanking Senator Perdue, Congressman Bishop, and the Georgia delegation for helping preserve my family’s legacy.”
“Only in America could the son of a small-town peanut farmer become President of the United States,” said Senator Perdue. “Growing up in rural Georgia taught the Carters the importance of faith, family, and service, and those values have guided them their entire lives. This designation will ensure Plains, Georgia, continues to be a living monument to the Carters and their lifetime of service. I’m proud to stand with the entire Georgia delegation in preserving President Carter’s legacy for generations to come.”
“When you think of Plains, Georgia, you think of President Jimmy Carter and his family’s legacy,” said Senator Loeffler. “President Carter has selflessly served the Peach State for decades, and a national park named for this native son of Georgia is a tribute that will endure for years to come.”
This designation will help protect multiple historic locations and draw more visitors to Plains to learn about the life and legacy of President Jimmy Carter. The park would consist of four locations: the Carter boyhood farm; Plains High School, where President and Mrs. Carter graduated from; Plains Train Depot, which served as headquarters for Carter’s presidential campaign; and years from now, the home the Carters currently reside in and their gravesites.
View text of the bill here.