Natural Resources Committee Passes Deal to Permanently Reauthorize Land and Water Conservation Fund
The US House Committee on Natural Resources announced on Thursday the passing of H.R. 502, a deal to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). This is an important first step for this bill to become a law, as it still needs to be voted on by the House of Representatives and then the Senate before the Sept. 30 deadline when authorization of the fund expires.
“This is a taste of what’s possible when people work together in good faith. Days like these are far too rare in Congress, and if we keep this up we might just restore public trust in Congress’ ability to get things done,” Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), ranking member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, said in a press release. “Thanks to a lot of hard work on both sides, the days of LWCF being a political football could end very soon and our national parks can start getting the maintenance funding they sorely need. I’d like to thank Chairman Bishop for the chance to work together on this. I hope we get to do it again.”
The fund, which comes from earnings from offshore oil and gas leasing, supports tens of thousands of national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and recreation areas. These grants have funded projects in every county in the country. This includes our cherished long-distance trails across the US.
Contact your local rep and urge them to vote in favor of bill H.R. 502 to pass the LWCF.
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