WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, the Senate began consideration of S.3422, the Great American Outdoors Act. Sponsored by Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), the bill would fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and help tackle the multi-billion-dollar public lands maintenance backlog.
The proposal enjoys broad bipartisan support with 58 cosponsors, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and President Trump has tweeted his support for the measure.
Meanwhile, a group of bipartisan lawmakers introduced companion legislation today in the House of Representatives. Sponsored by Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-SC), the House bill was introduced with broad support, including Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ), Mike Simpson (R-ID), TJ Cox (D-CA), John Katko (R-NY), Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM), Lee Zeldin (R-NY), Kendra Horn (D-OK), Steve Stivers (R-OH), Jared Golden (D-ME), and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE).
“We thank the bipartisan group of lawmakers and Senate leadership for making this legislation a priority,” said Steve Moyer, vice president of government affairs for Trout Unlimited. “Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have long sought to fulfill the LWCF promise for the American people and provide much-needed funding for the stewardship of our public lands.”