STATEMENT: Passage of Great American Outdoors Act Shows Growing Power of America’s Conservation Movement

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act with broad bipartisan support. The bill will provide permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund as well as funding to address deferred maintenance on public lands and at the Bureau of Indian Education. In response, Kate Kelly, director of Public Lands at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:

The Senate’s decisive stamp of approval for this historic package demonstrates the growing energy and power of America’s conservation movement. This bill will provide a significant shot in the arm to our nation’s economy and help heal our public lands and waters at a time when natural areas are rapidly disappearing. The House should move quickly to pass this bill so that we can get to work protecting parks and open spaces and providing equitable access to nature for all communities.

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