President Trump Signs Axne-Sponsored Legislation to Protect and Restore American Public Lands into Law

August 4, 2020
Press Release
The bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act passed the House in late July

Today, President Donald Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act, legislation cosponsored by Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03), into law. The measure invests in protecting America’s public lands and permanently funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to repair and restore national and state parks, lakes, rivers, and trails.

“I’m proud to see this measure to preserve and protect Iowa’s public park and water become law today. Whether it’s the park that you’ve been going to as a kid or the river that supports the ecosystem of your community, this measure will help keep these natural spaces clean and accessible,” said Rep. Axne. “There is nothing partisan about ensuring that the natural wonders of our state and our nation are there for the next generation, and I’m proud to have cosponsored and voted to pass this legislation.”

In addition to permanently providing $900 million annually for the LWCF, the Great American Outdoors Act also contains $9.5 billion over five years for much-needed repairs at America’s parks and other public lands.

Last month, the House passed the legislation by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 310 to 107.

In February 2019, Rep. Axne voted to permanently reauthorize the LWCF. That measure became law on March 12, 2019.

The legislation is supported by the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Clean Water Action, League of Conservation Voters, National Park Foundation, Outdoor Industry Association, National Wildlife Federation, Prairie Rivers of Iowa, and over 800 other national and local organizations.