Rep. Axne Votes to Protect and Restore American Public Lands, Permanently Fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund

July 22, 2020
Press Release
House passage of Axne-sponsored Great American Outdoors Act sends the bipartisan bill to the President’s desk

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne voted to advance the Great American Outdoors Act, which she cosponsored, in order to protect Americans public lands and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to repair and restore national and state parks, lakes, rivers, and trails.

“Our public lands are shared by all, and it falls on all of us to help keep preserved, accessible, and protected from the impacts of the climate crisis and generations of visits and recreation,” said Rep. Axne. “I’m proud to cosponsor this legislation, and of my vote today to provide reliable and plentiful resources to ensure America’s natural wonder is preserved for generations to come.”

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.

In February 2019, Rep. Axne voted with an overwhelming bipartisan majority 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.