02.27.19

Burr Praises House Vote to Save Land and Water Conservation Fund

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Legislation to save America’s most successful conservation program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), will head to the President’s desk after passing the House late yesterday on a bipartisan, 363-62 vote. The measure to permanently reauthorize LWCF was included in S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act, which passed the Senate earlier this month.

“I’m grateful my colleagues in the House voted today to bring us one step closer to making the Land and Water Conservation Fund permanent,” Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said in a statement. “No other government program benefits taxpayers as much and cost them as little as LWCF does. Over the last 50 years, every state in the country has been helped by LWCF in some way, and without it we’d have far fewer parks, forests, historic sites, and hiking trails. This is a program worth preserving, and I look forward to seeing it signed into law.”

Background:

  • Permanently reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund has long been a priority for Senator Burr, who has championed the program over the last decade. LWCF has a proven track record of success, contributing to more than 42,000 recreation projects since its founding in 1964. It operates at no cost to taxpayers, instead utilizing royalties earned from offshore oil and gas revenues.
  • Despite strong bipartisan support in the Senate, Congress allowed LWCF to expire on September 30, 2018. In January 2019, Senator Burr led a bipartisan coalition to reintroduce legislation that would permanently reauthorize LWCF.
  • On February 12, the Senate passed S. 47, which included permanent reauthorization for LWCF.