A week after our delegation of six lawmakers (photo above) who are elected officials met with six senators on Capitol Hill the Land and Water Conservation Fund could be permanently reauthorized.
Bishop, Grijalva reach deal to permanently reauthorize LWCF
09/13/2018 10:21 AM EDT
The top Republican and Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee have struck a deal to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, according to a senior aide.
Reps. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and Raúl Grijalva's (D-Ariz.) agreement, struck with support from Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), would extend the life of the popular conservation program that expires Sept. 30 and could also pave the way for the Senate to more quickly pass a broad water infrastructure package, S. 3021 (115) . Burr has been holding that bill up in hopes of reaching a solution on LWCF.
"My reservations about the program have never been about the goals of LWCF, rather, I've been frustrated that the implementation of the program fell short of the law's intended purpose," Bishop said in a statement. "This bill, along with additional action we took today, ensures that Congress adequately funds the lands it already owns and realigns the fund back to its original goal."
Among other provisions, the deal ensures that at least 40 percent of the fund goes toward state programs and another 40 percent at least goes toward federal ones.
The committee plans to mark up the agreement at a markup at 10:45 a.m.