Congressman Fred Keller co-sponsored bill to help save State College Spikes, Williamsport Crosscutters passes U.S. House of Representatives

March 10, 2020
Press Release
Bill would require the GAO to evaluate the social, economic and historic contributions of Minor League Baseball to American culture

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) announced Tuesday that H.R. 6020—legislation that requires the Government Accountability Office to evaluate the costs of Major League Baseball’s plan to eliminate 42 Minor League Baseball teams, including the State College Spikes and the Williamsport Crosscutters—unanimously passed the United States House of Representatives.

 

Congressman Keller co-sponsored the legislation. Last week, Keller spoke in support of and voted for the bill as it passed through the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

 

On the passage of H.R. 6020, Congressman Keller said:

 

“I am glad to see the House of Representatives support a deeper look into the economic impact of Major League Baseball’s plan to restructure the minor league system and eliminate hometown teams like the State College Spikes and the Williamsport Crosscutters. These teams are vital community partners and offer affordable entertainment in Pennsylvania’s 12th District. As the bill moves forward, I will work with my colleagues in the Senate to get the bill to President Donald Trump’s desk.”

 

Given the significance of the Spikes and Crosscutters to communities across Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District, Congressman Keller became a founding member of the bipartisan Save Minor League Baseball Task Force and an original co-sponsor of a separate resolution that expresses the sense of Congress that Major League Baseball should maintain the current minor league structure rather than proceed with its plan to eliminate 42 minor league clubs.

 

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