Congressional leadership’s refusal to take a vote to continue a critical parks fund means 50 year conservation program could disintegrate, despite support to pass in both chambers
East County News Service
Photo: Saguaro National Park, courtesy of the National Park Service
September 26, 2015 (Washington D.C.)--The Land and Waer Conservation Act Fund is set to expire on September 30th if Congress fails to act. The Republican leadership is blocking a floor vote, despite enough support in both houses to renew the landmark measure.
“Leadership is dithering and deliberately stalling, because if put to a vote, the House would have the 218 votes needed for reauthorization of this core conservation program,” said Alan Rowsome with The Wilderness Society, which co-chairs the national Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition. “On top of that, the Senate secured 60 votes for reauthorization back in January. So House and Senate leadership are snatching defeat from the jaws of victory by holding America’s parks, trails, soccer fields and historic sites hostage —when more than 75% of America disagrees with them.”