Public Lands: LWCF, Parks Bills Head To Senate Floor After Trump Tweet

"One day after President Trump tweeted his support, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is expected to take steps today to bring to the floor legislation that would permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund and address the national parks maintenance backlog, senators said.

McConnell will move to bypass the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and place a package containing both bills directly on the Senate calendar, which would allow him to call it up at a later date, Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said today.

"There is a collection of different members that are very focused on LWCF, 'Restore Our Parks,'" Murkowski told E&E News this morning, alluding to Trump's tweets yesterday calling for Congress to send him both measures to sign (E&E Daily, March 4).

The timing of a floor debate is unclear, but Murkowski said it would be after the Senate completes work on the bipartisan energy bill currently on the floor."

Geof Koss, Kellie Lunney, and Michael Doyle report for Greenwire March 4, 2020.

Source: Greenwire, 03/05/2020