Rutherford Supports Passage of Great American Outdoors Act

July 23, 2020
Press Release
New Legislation to Protect and Restore Our Public Lands

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04) released the following statement after supporting the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act:

“Today’s landmark legislation ushers in a new era for our public lands and ensures the American pastimes of hunting, fishing, and hiking remain alive for generations to come,” said Rutherford. “So many families treasure the lifelong memories made on trips to national parks, like the Grand Canyon, the Everglades, or the Castillo de San Marcos here in Northeast Florida. During a recent visit to the Timucuan Preserve, I heard from members of the National Park Service about the desperate need for more funding to maintain our parks so we can all continue to enjoy them. That’s why I was proud to vote for the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act, which will provide funding to restore our parks, to eliminate the large backlog of much needed maintenance projects, and to expand access to public lands throughout the country.”

The Great American Outdoors Act overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives by a 310 to 107 vote. It now goes to the president’s desk to be signed into law. This legislation:

  • Makes available more than $2.5 billion annually for land conservation and deferred maintenance.
  • Creates the National Parks and Public Lands Legacy Restoration Fund to address the National Park Service’s maintenance projects, like visitor centers, parking lots, and access roads.
  • Provides permanent, full funding of the Land and Water Conversation Fund.

All funds for the Great American Outdoors Act will be provided through oil and gas royalties collected on public lands. For more details on this legislation, please click here.