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Senate Confirms First Black Leader of Military Branch, Considers Bipartisan Bill Addressing Public Lands Maintenance Backlog
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  • larubia
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    06/07/2020
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    Revised from yea to no! The Great American Outdoors Act: (the current link doesn’t work) “This bill establishes the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund to support deferred maintenance projects on federal lands. For FY2021-FY2025, there shall be deposited into the fund an amount equal to 50% of all federal revenues from the development of oil, gas, coal, or alternative or renewable energy on federal lands and waters. Deposited amounts must not exceed $1.9 billion for any fiscal year. The fund must be used for priority deferred maintenance projects in specified systems that are administered by the National Park Service, the Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Bureau of Indian Education. The Government Accountability Office must report on the effect of the fund in reducing the backlog of priority deferred maintenance projects for the specified agencies. Additionally, the bill makes funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) permanent. The President shall annually report to Congress specified details regarding the allocation of funds to the LWCF. Congress may provide for alternate allocations using specified procedures.” I am in full support of taking care of parks. However, not using our national treasures to generate funds for power companies, especially dirty ones. We need to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to address the backlog of recreation and conservation needs in every state and county across the country. We currently have a $22 billion backlog of maintenance projects across public lands. Raping the land does little to address the problem & creates new ones.

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