Washington, D.C. — With just two months until the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) expires on September 30th, the League of Conservation Voters announced new Instagram ads urging Reps. Jeff Denham (CA-10), Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48), Ed Royce (CA-39), Karen Handel (GA-06) and Mike Kelly (PA-03) to support permanent reauthorization and full funding for the nation’s best parks program.
“Time’s running out: we need House members like Reps. Denham, Rohrabacher, Royce, Handel and Kelly to join the push to save the Land and Water Conservation Fund before the September 30th deadline,” said Alex Taurel, LCV Conservation Program Director. “From California to Pennsylvania to Georgia, communities have depended on LWCF to give kids a place to play and everyone a chance to enjoy the great outdoors. Congress needs to keep its promise and support our parks.”
The interactive ads highlight LWCF-funded sites in each member’s district and encourage them to cosponsor and demand a vote on H.R. 502, a bipartisan bill with 232 cosponsors. House leadership has not committed to bring the bill to the floor before LWCF expires.
All five members voted for an amendment last week to the Interior-EPA spending bill sponsored by Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ-05) that would have cut $2.4 million from LWCF. The amendment was rejected decisively, but Denham, Rohrabacher, Royce, Handel and Kelly all also voted for the overall bill which included $65 million in cuts to LWCF.
LWCF has helped protect some of America’s most iconic landscapes like Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and Glacier National Park in Montana. It’s also supported urban open spaces, from New York City’s Central Park to neighborhood ball fields and local parks in nearly every congressional district.
While LWCF is funded through revenue from offshore oil drilling instead of taxpayer dollars, Congress has chronically underfunded the program. The Trump administration’s recent budget proposals nearly eliminate LWCF entirely, slashing funding by roughly 90 percent. In June, LCV launched a $1 million campaign to build support for reauthorizing LWCF by highlighting parks in communities nationwide and holding members of Congress accountable.
The campaign to save LWCF is part of LCV’s ongoing “Our Lands, Our Voice” campaign to fight the Trump administration’s myriad attacks on public lands.