The Republican-controlled Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act on June 17 that provides billions for the National Park Service and the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF uses oil and gas revenues to help fund national parks, forests, neighborhood parks and trails, wildlife refuges and cultural sites.
The bill, passed by a 73 to 25 vote, has the support of the president and is projected to make it through the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.
The bill's passage is a surprise given that President Trump has a terrible record when it comes to protecting federal public lands. "President Trump is the only president in U.S. history to have removed more public lands than he protected," says an analysis by the Center for American Progress.
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