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DeFazio Votes in Support of Great American Outdoors Act

Jul 22, 2020
Press Release

Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) today voted in support of H.R. 1957, the Great American Outdoors Act, to provide permanent, full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and establish the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund.  The legislation passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 310-107.

“In Oregon, our beautiful public lands, recreational areas and natural heritage are a treasured part of our way of life,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio. “I’m proud to have supported the Great American Outdoors Act. This historic bill will provide much-needed funding to address the multi-billion dollar maintenance backlog at our national parks and other federal lands, and will provide full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund to save untouched ecosystems and improve wildlife habitat. This vital legislation will not only create good-paying jobs, but will also protect our precious natural lands, ensuring all Oregonians can access our incredible natural treasures.”

The Great American Outdoors Act ensures that the $900 million permanently authorized by Congress last year funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at the levels that were promised.  The LWCF is America’s most successful conservation program and these resources will make sure that it continues to:

  • Support enhanced park and recreational access for local communities throughout the country;
  • Address environmental injustice by creating green spaces near low-income communities and communities of color across the country by preserving our natural heritage in an equitable manner;
  • Strengthen the recreation economy, which is one of the fastest growing economic sectors and a key driver of jobs across the country; and
  • Implement recommendations from the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis’ Solving the Climate Crisis action plan to support the goal of protecting at least 30 percent of all U.S. lands and ocean areas by 2030 while helping fragile ecosystems, wildlife populations and communities become more resilient to the impacts of the climate crisis.

In addition, the Great American Outdoors Act establishes the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund, providing federal land management agencies with critical resources to address the $22 billion deferred maintenance backlog on our public lands.