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Current legislation in the 115th Congress addressing LWCF

S. 896

Introduced by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), this bill would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), as well as direct a very small amount of LWCF funding (1.5% or $10M annually) to opening up additional access to public lands for sportsmen and other recreational users.  Text and cosponsors can be found here.

S. 569

Introduced by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), this bill not only would permanently reauthorize LWCF, but also provides for full, dedicated and permanent funding.  This would stop LWCF’s funding from being siphoned off each year in the appropriations process for other, unknown and unaccountable purposes.  In the 50-year history of LWCF, over $20 billion intended for LWCF has been lost to the General Treasury this way.  Consistent, predictable funding at the level Congress deemed necessary in 1978 (not even indexed for inflation!) would finally fulfill LWCF’s true promise to the American people.  Text and cosponsors can be found here.

H.R. 502

 Introduced by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Pat Meehan (R-PA), like S. 896 this bill would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), as well as direct a very small amount of LWCF funding (1.5% or $10M annually) to opening up additional access to public lands for sportsmen and other recreational users.  The same bill introduced in the last Congress drew more than 200 bipartisan cosponsors, and our goal is to surpass that level of support in the current term.  Text and cosponsors can be found here.


Congressional action in the 114th congress

Energy bill

 

Co-sponsors

On April 20, 2016 the Senate approved permanent reauthorization of LWCF for the first time ever as part of larger energy legislation. Passing with a vote of 85-12, it represented huge bipartisan support and a huge step forward for LWCF's long-term success.  The Senate energy bill proceeded to conference with the House, but an agreement could not be reached before the end of the 114th Congress.

House of Representatives In the 114th Congress, there were 216 cosponsors of LWCF permanent reauthorization legislation (212 on H.R. 1814 and an additional 4 unique members on H.R. 4151)-- a near majority of the House.

Senate In the 114th Congress, there were 44 cosponsors of LWCF permanent reauthorization legislation (32 on S. 890 and an additional 12 unique members on S. 338) -- a near majority of the Senate.

 

More than 600 groups signed on to a letter urging Congress to pass permanent reauthorization before they adjourned.

other support