06.04.20

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Endorses Gardner’s Great American Outdoors Act

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce wrote to members of the U.S. Senate today expressing strong support for S. 3422, U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) Great American Outdoors Act, which would fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and address the nearly $20 billion maintenance backlog on federal public lands.

“The Great American Outdoors Act will protect our treasured places for generations to come, and it will also provide jobs for Coloradans and Americans across our country when economic opportunities are needed most,” said Senator Gardner. “I thank the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for their strong support, and I look forward to working with them to get this bipartisan bill across the finish line and to the President’s desk as soon as possible.”

“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce strongly supports S. 3422, the ‘Great American Outdoors Act,’ an important, bipartisan bill that would provide funding certainty for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and address the pressing maintenance and construction backlog on public lands. The Chamber will consider including votes related to this legislation in our ‘How They Voted’ congressional scorecard,” wrote the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “We applaud the bipartisan leadership of Sens. Gardner, Manchin and Daines, who crafted this legislation. The Chamber urges passage of the Great American Outdoors Act.”

The full text of the letter is available here and below: 

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce strongly supports S. 3422, the “Great American Outdoors Act,” an important, bipartisan bill that would provide funding certainty for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and address the pressing maintenance and construction backlog on public lands. The Chamber will consider including votes related to this legislation in our “How They Voted” congressional scorecard.

This bill would address long overdue infrastructure modernization challenges in the national parks system and on other federal and agricultural lands. It also would permanently authorize the LWCF, which provides important tools for smart development of open spaces in communities across our nation.

Local LWCF projects have the potential to put many thousands of Americans back to work as the American economy recovers from the pandemic. Such projects can also help companies and communities promote open spaces, build resilience, reduce risks from future disasters, and better manage stormwater.

Enactment of this bill would also provide much needed funding to support and sustain Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools. By setting aside 5% of the fund created in this Act, as much as $475 million could flow to BIE schools over the next five years.

The Chamber opposes any poison pill amendments that would undo the carefully balanced components of this legislation. In particular, the Chamber opposes any efforts to establish moratoria on energy production, which is not only crucial to America’s economic growth and energy security, but also provides the underlying funding for the LWCF.

We applaud the bipartisan leadership of Sens. Gardner, Manchin and Daines, who crafted this legislation. The Chamber urges passage of the Great American Outdoors Act.

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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 is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.