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Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham

Representing the 1st District of New Mexico

Rep. Lujan Grisham Calls for Immediate Passage of Key Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Bills that Support Economic Development in New Mexico

Sep 19, 2018
Press Release

Rep. Lujan Grisham Calls for Immediate Passage of Key Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Bills that Support Economic Development in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - On September 13, 2018, the House Natural Resources Committee passed legislation to permanently reauthorize the Land Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) (H.R. 502) and the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act (H.R. 6510). The LWCF invests earnings from offshore oil and gas leasing to promote conservation and outdoor recreation while H.R. 6510 would establish funds to address the maintenance backlog of the National Park Service. Currently, the LWCF expires September 30th, 2018 and the National Park Service has over 11 billion dollars of deferred maintenance. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) released the following statement supporting the two pieces of legislation:

“I applaud the House Natural Resources Committee for passing bipartisan legislation to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund and address our National Park Services’ deferred maintenance costs. By permanently reauthorizing the LWCF and eliminating the $200 million maintenance backlog in New Mexico’s parks and national monuments, we will stimulate our economy by strengthening fishing, hunting, and outdoor recreation opportunities and preserve our nation’s precious resources and cultural sites for future generations. The LCWF alone has invested hundreds of millions of dollars into hundreds of state projects and sites, including Petroglyph National Monument, Valle De Oro, Chaco Culture National Historic Park, Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. Most importantly, these investments have no cost to the American taxpayer. I call for the immediate passage of these common-sense, bipartisan bills that will benefit countless New Mexico communities."

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