September 12, 2018 - Issue: Vol. 164, No. 152 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 2nd Session
PERMANENT REAUTHORIZATION OF THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 152
(House of Representatives - September 12, 2018)
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[Pages H8163-H8164] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] PERMANENT REAUTHORIZATION OF THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND (Mr. FITZPATRICK asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. FITZPATRICK. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to urge my colleagues, Democrat and Republican alike, and House leadership to support permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. This vital program benefits millions of Americans in innumerable ways, from promoting recreational activity to contributing to our Nation's robust economy, along with furthering environmental protection. As we rapidly approach the deadline for this crucial program, which affects 98 percent of counties here in the United States and contributes to an [[Page H8164]] economy that encompasses 1 out of 15 American jobs, I urge this Congress to take up full permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Since its establishment 50 years ago, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has greatly benefitted my home district in Bucks and Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania. Treasured public lands such as Nockamixon State Park, Tyler State Park, and cherished community venues such as Hatfield Community Park are all just a few of the examples of the beneficiaries of this valuable fund. I am encouraged by the strong bipartisan support for permanent funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to continue its authorization and funding on a permanent basis. Mr. Speaker, this must be a bipartisan priority, and we must get this done. The alternative is unacceptable. ____________________