Gardner Moves to Permanently Reauthorize Land and Water Conservation Fund

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) voted today in the Senate in favor of an amendment to the Senate Keystone XL Pipeline bill offered by Senator Burr (R-NC). The amendment would have permanently reauthorized the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), the current authorization for which ends on September 30, 2015. In addition, the amendment would have ensured that no less than 1.5% of all future funding appropriated would have gone towards securing public recreational access to existing federal public lands.

The amendment failed to obtain the necessary 60 votes to pass, failing 59 votes to 39.

“Making this authorization permanent is common sense policy, supported by sportsmen, hunters, and countless Coloradans and Americans who appreciate our nation’s natural beauty,” Gardner said. “The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a critical tool used to protect some of our nation’s most cherished lands, and it’s supported by a responsible fiscal partnership between the federal government and private enterprise. 

“Public lands are some of our most precious resources. Keeping their conservation properly funded while expanding the public’s access to these beautiful treasures is exactly the sort of goal that I’ve always strived for in policymaking. I’m disappointed that the amendment failed, but I will continue to work towards reauthorization of the LWCF going forward.”