Upton Hails Passage Of National Parks Legislation

Congressman Fred Upton says national parks in the United States will get a much-needed funding boost thanks to legislation approved by the House and Senate. He tells WSJM News the Great American Outdoors Act will mean permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund at a level of $900 million every year for maintenance work at the parks.

“This is going to help stabilize the maintenance of our national parks with a funding stream that comes directly from the oil and gas royalties that are collected from off-shore drilling. This is going to help our parks for generations.”

Upton says there’s a roughly $20 billion backlog of maintenance needed at national parks. With both the House and Senate signing off, the bill was sent on the president.