DelBene Votes to Reauthorize LWCF as Sweeping Lands Package Passes House of Representatives
Today, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed bipartisan legislation to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) as part of a larger lands package that will designate over 1 million acres of new wilderness, expand national parks, and protect millions of acres of public land. The Senate passed its version of the bill earlier this month, which must now be signed into law by the president. Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, a longtime champion of LWCF, praised the outcome.
“I’ve been fighting hard to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, so I’m thrilled the House has taken this important step,” said DelBene. She added, “LWCF has contributed over $675 million to Washington’s economy and helped protect some of our most precious national parks, waterways, and wildlife. By passing this legislation, we’ll be able fund more projects throughout our region while protecting our state’s natural beauty. I encourage the president to sign this bill into law without delay.”
DelBene has been a forceful advocate of LWCF. Earlier this month, she joined Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), local leaders, and environmental advocates in Seattle for a rally in support of the legislation. Her district includes North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, Mt. Baker National Forest, Skagit Wild and Scenic River, and North Creek Forest in Bothell, among others.
DelBene represents Washington’s first congressional district.