It usually doesn't garner Rep. Chris Collins any headlines, but the Republican from Clarence has been a big booster of the Boy Scouts for several years.
And this past weekend, he contributed again, meeting with Boy Scouts at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site for its Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge Day program.
And he left them with a lesson: How he secured federal funds for the Roosevelt site.
The facility this summer experienced a shortage of the federal funds it needs to operate, said Stanton Hudson, executive director for the site. For bureaucratic reasons, the Department of the Interior was holding up the site's funding – but then, Hudson said, Collins intervened.
The site quickly got the funds it needed, Collins explained to the Boy Scouts.
“When a scenario similar to the one the TR Site recently found itself in occurs, both my staff and I will contact the appropriate agency, department, or branch of government to advocate our position and work towards a timely resolution,” said Collins. “As a member of Congress, I have a responsibility to ensure policies and regulations that are enacted at the federal level have a positive impact on the quality of life here in New York’s 27th Congressional District, and I was glad that we were able to work with the Department of the Interior on behalf of the TR Site to secure this desperately needed funding.”
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