Many previous home sites taken over by the government on the canal have been bulldozed and presently are weed infested with unsightly concrete foundations jutting from the ground.
Bartlett said he looks forward to beginning his third term in office as the 105th Congressional session convenes Tuesday.
He said priority issues this year include:
- Passing a balanced budget.
- Medicare and Social Security, which he said must be approached in a bipartisan manner.
- Highway fund payout formula to states.
- Tax reform.
- Campaign finance reform.
- Political term limits.
Bartlett said he will continue his work on the National Security Committee and was recently selected to chair the Small Business Committee's Subcommittee on Government Programs and Oversight.
At a time when Congress will be considering the reauthorization of the Small Business Administration, Bartlett said his work on the committee will focus on bringing attention to problems faced by owners of small businesses.
He also said he will work closely with state leaders to maintain low unemployment and to improve Maryland's poor image as a high-tax state.
Coming soon to the Sixth District is a $550 million vaccine center with a 10-year program that will open jobs and be a boon, Bartlett said.
At least one of the center's buildings is expected to be located at Fort Detrick in Frederick, he said.
Relief from area flooding is expected by the clearing of clogged streams, he said, adding that he hopes to bring in the Army Corps of Engineers to do the work.
Bartlett said Americans are most concerned with getting a balanced budget and reducing the national debt.
"A child born today will pay $187,000 in his lifetime just to pay interest on the debt," he said.