07.22.20

House Passes Daines’ Bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act

Bill to Permanently & Fully Fund LWCF, Support National Parks Heads to President Trump’s Desk for Signature

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today praised the passage of his bipartisan bill, the “Great American Outdoors Act,” out of the U.S. House of Representatives. Daines’ conservation bill provides full, permanent funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and addresses the maintenance backlog facing the nation’s national parks and public lands.

Daines GAOA Video Release  

To download Daines full statement, click HERE

“The U.S. House just passed in a strong bipartisan vote, the Great American Outdoors Act. This is the most important conservation legislation in over 50 years, protecting our public lands, our national parks, it is what we are all about in Montana,” Daines said. “The good news is I secured an agreement from President Trump a few months ago to sign this bill once it’s on his desk. This is a great day for Montana. This is a great day for America.”

Next, the bill will be signed into law by President Trump. Last month, Daines secured a successful vote to advance his bipartisan bill, the “Great American Outdoors Act,” in the U.S. Senate.

Before the Senate vote, Daines highlighted the importance of the bill and what it means to Montana: “Today, we get one step closer to protecting our outdoor heritage for our children, and grandchildren… for future generations of Montanans and for all Americans.” Click HERE to watch the speech.

In February, Daines met with President Trump and Leader McConnell to highlight the importance of these conservation priorities for Montana. During the meeting, President Trump agreed to support and sign Daines’ legislation into law.

Daines’ work on the “Great American Outdoors Act” has received significant support from public lands advocates, outdoor enthusiasts, sportsmen and women, local officials and outdoor organizations in Montana and across the country. For statements of supports, click HERE.

Background: 

Daines’ “Great American Outdoors Act” requires full, mandatory funding of LWCF at $900 million. Daines’ bill also helps fix the $11.9 billion maintenance backlog facing national parks across the nation, including over $700 million in Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. 

For more information on the actions Senator Daines has taken defending our public lands and Montana way of life click, HERE.

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