Sen. Lee Letter Asks McConnell Not To Include Federal Land Buying Program in Spending Bill [UPH Wire]

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*
Friday, December 4, 2015

*Lee Letter Asks McConnell Not To Include Federal Land Buying Program in
Spending Bill*

WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and
James Lankford (R-OK) sent a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
(R-KY) Friday, asking him not to include language permanently reauthorizing
the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in any end of the year or
must-pass legislation.

“Since its inception 50 years ago, the LWCF has drifted far from its
original intent and is in desperate need of reform,” the letter reads.
“Simply reauthorizing the LWCF, or doing so with insubstantial reforms,
will only further erode support for the program.”

There is currently a $19 billion backlog of maintenance projects on
existing federal lands, the letter notes, while the LWCF has a $20 billion
surplus. But the LWCF hasn’t spent a dime on maintenance in over a decade.
The letter asks McConnell to allow for a debate about whether “a dedicated
portion of LWCF funds should be focused toward land the federal government
already owns.”

The letter also asks that land acquisition rules and state allocation of
LWCF funds be addressed.

You can read a copy of the letter here

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*Communications Director*
Conn Carroll
Conn_Carroll@lee.senate.gov
202-224-5444

*Press Secretary*
Emily Long
Emily_Long@lee.senate.gov
202-224-3904

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