08.22.18

Senator Burr Continues Call for Senate to Save the Land and Water Conservation Fund

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) upheld his promise to keep pressing the Senate to save the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Speaking on the Senate floor, he called for unanimous consent to open debate and vote on an amendment permanently reauthorizing the successful conservation program before it expires next month.

“Today we are only 39 days out until the September 30th expiration, and I’m more committed than ever to getting LWCF reauthorization across the finish line,” Senator Burr said. “In 2015, it took expiration of LWCF before Congress got serious about reauthorizing the program and allowing these vital conservation efforts to continue.  I am putting this body on notice that I will not allow that expiration to happen again.”

In July, Senator Burr offered a similar amendment to an appropriations package and vowed to continue raising the issue until the Senate acted. The bill offered today included a bipartisan compromise that gives Congress the opportunity every three years to hold a vote of disapproval that would end authorization if passed. The programmatic reforms to LWCF offered in the bill were part of the bipartisan North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2016, which previously passed the Senate on a vote of 85-12.

“I want to make a promise to all my [fellow] members: if I have to come down here and do this morning and afternoon, day after day after day, I’ll do it,” Senator Burr continued on the floor. “I’ve got enough iterations of the bill that I can accommodate anybody’s concerns that they have and find a way to get permanent authorization - not because I want it. It’s because the American people want it. It’s because the next generation deserves for us to do this. And for some unknown reason a small number of people won’t even allow a vote to happen.”

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WATCH: Senator Burr Speaks on the LWCF on Senate Floor