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senate Bill S. 338

Should the Land and Water Conservation Fund Be Permanent?

Argument in favor

This program provides valuable support for national parks, without requiring any tax raises. What’s there to dislike?

Stephen's Opinion
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05/21/2015
Our earth is our most important resource. We must save it to protect us
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Marvin's Opinion
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05/27/2015
Our wild lands and wildlife should be protected at all costs. We only have one earth. We must respect it.
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tim's Opinion
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03/05/2015
Supporting national parks is a no-brainer.
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Argument opposed

Yeah, this provides support for natural resources — with support from the destruction of other natural resources. The ends don’t justify the means.

Darlene's Opinion
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02/14/2015
Let the states have their own land back to do with as they see best. Too much federal interference is not good. The less government bureaucracy the more freedoms we have.
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ark4162's Opinion
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05/31/2015
No, they should be eliminated! In case anyone is interested, WE"RE BROKE!! Time to streamline the gov.
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Mary's Opinion
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10/31/2015
Our nation is in dire straits. After we recover from our extreme debt, we can talk about this
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What is Senate Bill S. 338?

This bill seeks to secure funding for local and national parks. It would do so by permanently authorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWFC), a program that uses the royalties paid by gas companies for offshore drilling rights to fund local national parks.


It would also add a public access stipulation to the LWFC: Either $10 million or 1.5 percent of funds available must be spent on land that the public can use for recreation.

Impact

state park employees, businesses that donate to the LWCF, people that like spending time outside

Cost of Senate Bill S. 338

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In Depth: 

The LWCF is set to expire in September 2015. Its renewal has bipartisan backing.


Of Note: 

The LWCF was first funded in 1965 to support national parks like Yellowstone, Big Sur, and Harper’s Ferry. Since 2007, its funding has decreased significantly.


Media:

Sponsoring Rep. Richard Burr (R-NC) Press Release

Roll Call

Nature Conservancy

(Photo Credit: Flickr user thor_mark )

Official Title

A bill to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate has not voted
    IntroducedFebruary 2nd, 2015