Sen. Burr Congratulates the Senate Energy Committee’s Bipartisan Vote to Renew Conservation Fund

WASHINGTON – Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement after the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee unanimously passed a full reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) within the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015:  

“I applaud the Committee for their vote to include the Murkowski-Cantwell compromise language that renews this important and popular conservation program. The legislation the Committee supported on a bipartisan basis makes some critical reforms to the program, but maintains the original intent of the fund which is to assist in the conservation of both scenic landscapes and local ballfields and parks, without asking taxpayers to pick up the tab. Despite some efforts to gut this program, today’s vote showed once again that the vast majority of LWCF supporters want the program to remain intact and for it to continue as it was originally designed fifty years ago. Furthermore, we cannot forget that the LWCF has already expired, so we must take action before the end of the year to ensure that the LWCF and critical conservation efforts can preserve landscapes for future generations.”