In Mentor, Portman Visits James A. Garfield National Historic Site, Highlights Benefits of the Restore Our Parks Act


Portman’s Legislation Was Signed into Law Last Week and Will Address Deferred Maintenance at America’s National Parks 


August 10, 2020 | Press Releases

MENTOR, OH  – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) visited the James A. Garfield National Historic Site to see firsthand how his bipartisan Restore Our Parks Act that was signed into law last week will help address the more than $12 billion backlog in long-delayed maintenance projects at the National Park ServiceJames A. Garfield National Historic Site has $1.2 million in unmet maintenance needs – including priority projects such as building renovations and trail, road, and infrastructure improvements. Portman’s legislation, which was recently signed into law, will help address the priority deferred maintenance needs at the park. 

“I enjoyed my visit to the James A. Garfield National Historic Site today. I was able to see firsthand the maintenance needs at the park and discuss how my recently signed Restore Our Parks Act will fund critical projects here,” said Portman. “This bipartisan legislation that was signed into law last week will create jobs and rebuild our national parks infrastructure by helping to address the $12 billion deferred maintenance backlog at our national park sites throughout the country, including the $1.2 million in needed building renovations, road, and infrastructure improvements at the James A. Garfield National Historic site. We must do our part to preserve these national treasures for generations to come.”  

Last week, President Trump signed into law Portman’s bipartisan Restore Our Parks Act, landmark legislation he has pushed for years to protect and preserve America’s national parks.  The bill will support more than 100,000 jobs over the next five years by rebuilding critical park infrastructure to help address the more than $12 billion backlog in long-delayed maintenance projects at the National Park Service. The Restore Our Parks Act is a part of a broader package, the Great American Outdoors Act, that addresses the deferred maintenance backlog across federal land management agencies and provides permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.  

Photos from the visit are below:

 

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