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House Passes Carson’s Kennedy-King Establishment Act

Mar 19, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Congressman André Carson’s Kennedy-King Establishment Act (H.R. 4851). This bill designates Martin Luther King Park in Indianapolis as a National Commemorative Site, and adds it to the new National Civil Rights Network, preserving it for generations to come. The bill passed the House by a vote of 391 to 0 and now moves to the Senate for consideration.

“It is an exciting day for me and my Indianapolis colleague, Congresswoman Susan Brooks (IN-05), as this bi-partisan bill to help preserve Indiana’s civil rights history passed the House and now moves to the Senate,” said Congressman Carson.  “I look forward to this local treasure being recognized nationally and adding it to the new National Civil Rights Network. This bill is an important first step that lays the groundwork for future bipartisan efforts to support and showcase this historic site within the National Park Service.”

If enacted into law, this legislation, sponsored by the entire Hoosier delegation, will bring national recognition to the hallowed ground where Senator Kennedy made his speech, now known as Martin Luther King Park in Indianapolis.

Indiana Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Todd Young (R-IN) recently introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

To watch video of today’s floor proceedings, click here

To read Congressman Carson’s full remarks click here.