11.29.18

Gardner Holds Bipartisan Press Conference to Rally Support for the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Washington, DC- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) held a press conference today with other Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) champions in the House and Senate to call for the reauthorization and full funding of America’s most important conservation program before the end of the year. Gardner has been a leader on the bipartisan effort in Congress to fully fund and permanently reauthorize the LWCF and will continue to fight to save this vital conservation program.

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To view Gardner’s remarks, click on the photo above or here.

Remarks as prepared for delivery:

Thank you, thanks to all of you for being out here today and I will note the westerners are not wearing coats right here.

This is a warm day so thank you very much for the opportunity to be here and our effort today is simply this. We are trying to make the lame duck a little less lame and to make sure that we get some productivity on LWCF, moving it forward.

If you look at the great bipartisan support that we have for LWCF, the House of Representatives, the United States Senate, Republicans and Democrats coming together to reauthorize, fully fund the Land and Water Conservation program. 

One of the most important programs, the most important in my mind, conservation program this country has. The crown jewel of our conservation program efforts, at no cost to the taxpayer.

We are proud of our forests, we are proud of our National Parks, we are proud of our National Monuments, we are proud of our public lands, and we are proud of the opportunity this Congress has to prove to the American people that we will stand up and fight for LWCF.

We will stand up and fight for our public lands, we will stand up and fight for the people of Colorado, and Montana, and Pennsylvania, and North Carolina, and Washington, and across this country to make sure that we are doing everything we can to fight for the best of our public ideas, which is our public lands. 

It was 1893 when Katharine Lee Bates climbed up Pikes Peak. Katharine Lee Bates climbed up Pikes Peak and looked around, and she wrote that famous line, “purple mountain majesties.”

It’s because of funds and programs like the Land and Water Conservation Fund that we have been able to preserve those incredible purple mountain majesties, the peaks that we love, the forest lands that we publicly own together.  

The opportunities to keep them together for public use, public enjoyment, through the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

There was a great story in the Denver Post, just a couple of days ago, that talked about the thousands and thousands of acres are inaccessible, held by the public, but inaccessible to the public, and programs like the Land and Water Conservation fund can be used to make sure that we have access to those great programs.

So it’s an honor to be here, in the bipartisan delegation of Republicans, Senators, Democrats, House Members.

The opportunities to make sure that we get this program done before the end of the year.

This is what we are going to do, we are going to make this happen, and together, we can all be proud of the fact that we stood up for, we fought for, we saved the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

 

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Budget Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.