Public Lands Fund Advances Out of Senate Committee Thanks to Pressure From Constituents and Groups

Only First Step in Ensuring Full Funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Today, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources voted to advance a bill that would provide full and permanent funding for the critical Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a long-overdue vote that came in part from continued pressure from constituents and advocacy groups.

“America’s public lands and parks haven’t won yet, but they are one step closer. Unless and until Senators Daines, Gardner, and McSally convince their leadership to bring this to a full floor vote, their job remains unfinished and the LWCF account remains half-empty,” said Jayson O’Neill, Deputy Director for Western Values Project. “Without full and permanent funding, the LWCF can’t fulfill its intended purpose — fund public lands and parks projects across the country, protect our Western way of life, and preserve our outdoor heritage. If these key Western Senators want to do right by America’s public lands and our Western way of life, they need to ensure that this bill makes it to the Senate floor.”

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