Portman Announces Senate to Consider Bipartisan Legislation to Create Jobs and Fund Maintenance Backlog at National Parks & Federal Lands

May 21, 2020 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) applauded Majority Leader McConnell’s announcement that the Senate will consider S. 3422, the Great American Outdoors Act, landmark legislation to address the deferred maintenance backlog across the federal land management agencies and to provide permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, in June. The Great American Outdoors Act includes Portman’s bipartisan Restore Our Parks legislation with Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Angus King (I-ME), which will create jobs to help address the nearly $12 billion backlog in long-delayed maintenance projects at the National Park Service (NPS), and expands the legislation to also include funding to address the deferred maintenance backlog at the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Indian Education.  Portman released the following statement: 

We need our parks now more than ever. As an avid outdoorsman, I’m pleased that the Senate will consider the Great American Outdoors Act in June. This bipartisan legislation includes my bill with Senators Warner, King, and Alexander, the bipartisan Restore Our Parks Act, which will create jobs and rebuild our national parks infrastructure by addressing the $12 billion deferred maintenance backlog at our national park sites throughout the country, including more than $100 million in maintenance backlog in Ohio’s eight national parks.  I urge my colleagues to support this legislation when it comes to the Senate floor in June. 

NOTE: Senator Portman has long supported America’s national parks. Earlier this year, Portman joined several of his colleagues in introducing the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act. Notably, the legislation includes Senators Portman, Mark Warner (D-VA), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Angus King’s (I-ME) Restore Our Parks Act, legislation to help address the backlog in long-delayed maintenance projects at the National Park Service (NPS), including over $100 million in deferred maintenance at Ohio’s eight national park sites. Portman worked with his colleagues to expand his legislation in the Great American Outdoors Act to also include funding to address the deferred maintenance backlog at the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Indian Education. The Great American Outdoors Act now provides $1.9 billion per year for five years into the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund from half of unobligated on and offshore energy revenues to address maintenance needs on all federal lands.

###