U.S. Senate panel approves cash for #LWCF, there’s still a long way to go — The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

Colorado National Monument from the River Front Trail near Fruita.

From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Dennis Webb):

A Senate committee on Tuesday passed measures to permanently, fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund and help address a $12 billion national parks maintenance backlog.

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources passed the bipartisan measures, both of which are sponsored by U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who serves on the committee…

The program long has faced an uncertain future when it has come to whether Congress would continue to reauthorize it and would fully fund it. Earlier this year, Congress passed a bill, signed by President Trump, to permanently authorize LWCF.

The bill passed by the Senate panel Tuesday would fully fund it at a level of $900 million a year. It has been funded at its maximum authorization level of $900 million just twice in its history…

The measure’s passage won praise from groups including the Outdoor Industry Association…

In October, Gardner and other senators including Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., introduced an appropriations bill amendment that had sought to fully fund LWCF for fiscal year 2020.

Gardner spokesperson Annalyse Keller said Tuesday that given the level of bipartisan support involved, the hope currently is to get the bill that got committee approval Tuesday passed through Congress soon and signed into law.

The parks funding measure that passed through committee Tuesday would allocate half of existing unobligated revenues the government receives from on and offshore energy development, or up to $1.3 billion a year, for the next five years to addressing the maintenance backlog.

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