06.20.18

Burr Statement on H.R. 3, the Rescissions Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today issued the following statement:

“Today’s vote was about keeping our promises. Funded exclusively by royalties, the Land and Water Conservation Fund costs taxpayers nothing and benefits them entirely. It was never meant to be a piggy bank.

“I urge my colleagues to support the great work carried out by the LWCF - not just for Americans today, but for future generations.”

Background:

  • The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is one of the nation’s oldest and most successful conservation programs, which operates with no taxpayer funding. This vital program expires on September 30, 2018.
  • The rescissions package, H.R. 3, would have cut $16 million already promised to specific LWCF programs. Sen. Burr introduced an amendment to strike the provision and protect existing LWCF funding.
  • Earlier today, Sen. Burr joined a bipartisan group of Senators and conservation leaders at a press conference to urge Congress to permanently reauthorize the LWCF. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Steve Daines (R-MT), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Cory Gardener (R-CO) and Jon Tester (D-MT) also participated in the press conference.
  • Sen. Burr has introduced S. 896, a bill to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ-3) has introduced similar legislation in the House.