President Trump Signs Great American Outdoors Act

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

The bipartisan bill sets aside approximately $20 billion for restoration of national parks over the next 10 years

President Donald Trump signed off on the Great American Outdoors Act last week, which will provide full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and address the maintenance backlog of America’s national parks and public lands.

The House and the Senate cleared both bills by overwhelming bipartisan margins this summer.

The law would spend about $900 million a year on the conservation fund and another $1.9 billion per year on improvements at national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and rangelands.

ABC27.com reports it will also generate jobs.

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner says, “Over 100,000 jobs will be created coming out of the Great American Outdoors Act in making these repairs. Ten thousand of those jobs will be right here in Virginia.” 

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt says, “This act is the most significant legislation regarding conservation, recreation and land preservation in at least five and a half decades."

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