Cunningham Calls for House Vote on the Great American Outdoors Act Following Passage in the Senate

June 17, 2020
Press Release

Mount Pleasant, S.C. ­– Rep. Joe Cunningham (SC-01) called for a House vote on the Great American Outdoors Act, following a strong bipartisan passage vote in the Senate on Wednesday. The Great American Outdoors Act is bipartisan legislation to fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and address priority repair needs in our national parks and other land management agencies. Earlier this month, Cunningham led a bipartisan group in the House in introducing the companion to the Senate legislation.

“Over the past five decades, LWCF has become the gold standard of conservation programs and has invested more than $300 million in South Carolina to protect its recreational areas and open spaces,” said Rep. Joe Cunningham. “At a time when our country needs it the most, this bipartisan legislation will deliver jobs to communities across the country, protect recreational access, preserve historic sites, and restore aging national park and public land infrastructure. I urge House leadership to bring the Great American Outdoors Act to a vote on the House floor as soon as possible.”

In March, President Trump called on Congress to send this legislation to his desk to be signed into law. The Great American Outdoors Act has drawn the support of more than 900 organizations across the country, including local businesses, the recreation industry, veterans groups, conservation organizations, tourism and travel associations, sportsmen, and infrastructure groups.