June 10, 2020

Manchin Speaks On Senate Floor On Great American Outdoors Act Impact On West Virginia

Manchin delivers floor remarks on the Great American Outdoors Act

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ranking Member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, again took to the Senate floor to discuss the Great American Outdoors Act. In March, Senator Manchin introduced this bipartisan legislation that provides mandatory permanent and full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and addresses the $21 billion maintenance backlog in national parks and other federal land management agencies.

“To date, 54 of the 55 counties in West Virginia have benefitted from LWCF. It’s responsible for some of our most cherished outdoor spaces in West Virginia. In fact since 1965, $243 million has been spent to enhance recreation conservation in the Mountain State alone. The LWCF has supported projects at the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, the Gauley National Recreation Area, and the New River Gorge,” said Ranking Member Manchin. “This is also important to our hunting community. Hunting is a way of life, it’s part of our culture, it’s a tradition we all cherish and value. The Great American Outdoors Act will increase access to federal lands for hunting and fishing… This bill will help us pass on that legacy. I don’t think there’s anything we can do that will be more impactful for our future generations that this legislation.”

To view Senator Manchin’s full remarks, click here.

To read the legislation in full, click here.