House Quickly Dispatches Landmark Conservation Legislation, No-Brainer Lands and Parks Package Heads to Trump

Trump Still The Most Anti-Environmental President In History

Helena, MT — Today, the House of Representatives passed the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), legislation that will fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)– which is America’s most important public lands, public access and parks program– and provide billions in funding to address the long-neglected infrastructure and maintenance needs across America’s national parks. The House passed GAOA on a 310-107 vote with dispatch to mirror the Senate version. Upon GAOA’s passage, Western Values Project Director Jayson O’Neill issued the following statement:

“As this no-brainer legislation heads to President Trump’s desk for his signature, signing this bill by no means makes up for Trump having the worst environmental and public lands record in history. This administration has sold out our public lands and waters to the President’s corporate cronies and polluting allies time and again while the majority of the Senate stood idly by. 

“Three plus years of giving extractive industries everything they want at the expense of our environment will undermine any attempt to greenwash a pro-polluter record that speaks for itself. And while it’s a laudable effort to address the ballooning maintenance backlog across our parks and finally fully and permanently fund America’s most important public lands and access tools, Congress and the administration should have taken the steps to do this years ago.”   

The Great American Outdoors Act passed even as anti-public lands Congressman Rob Bishop threatened antics to stop its passage. GAOA previously passed the Senate on a 73-25 vote. President Trump has already vowed to sign the legislation with dispatch even though he proposed nearly eliminating funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund earlier this year. 

Background On Trump’s Favors To Extractive Industries At the Expense of Our Public Lands:  

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