WASHINGTON, D.C. ― The House Natural Resources Committee Wednesday voted to advance legislation to provide full, dedicated funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
The bill (H.R.3195), the Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act, is a House companion to S. 1081 and was introduced by Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-N.J.), Committee Chair Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA).
Passage of the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act (Dingell Act) earlier this year permanently reauthorized LWCF after a lengthy effort in Congress. On the heels of this major victory, Wednesday’s vote continues a commitment to LWCF to ensure that the program receives full and dedicated funding each year.
The following statement can be attributed to Jonathan Asher, Government Relations Director at The Wilderness Society and a spokesman for the LWCF Coalition:
“The LWCF Coalition applauds Representative Van Drew, Chair Grijalva and the members of the House Natural Resources Committee for approving legislation to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund. For too long, LWCF funds have been siphoned off for non-conservation government spending. H.R. 3195 is a simple fix to restore honest budgeting to America’s most important conservation and recreation program.
“Congress has permanently protected LWCF’s unique structure and funding source, which was a critically important step. Now, we must ensure the funding goes where it is intended. The LWCF Coalition urges Congress to pass this legislation to ensure LWCF gets permanent, full, and dedicated funding.”