WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after the House-passage of the Great American Outdoors Act. The bill passed the Senate in June and after today's House vote of 310 to 107 now heads to the president’s desk to be signed into law.
“This historic legislation represents the greatest investment in outdoor opportunities in generations. It fully and permanently funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund and addresses long-running infrastructure challenges in our public lands. Now that it's passed the House, the Great American Outdoors Act is just one step away from being signed into law. I commend all of the New Mexicans who helped us reach this major milestone for conservation,” said Heinrich. “The Great America Outdoors Act will put Americans back to work, restore our parks and public lands, and increase access to the outdoors for everyone. All of this work on our outdoor places will reignite local economies, create new jobs, help small businesses get back on their feet, and provide urgently needed stimulus to New Mexico’s outdoor recreation industry, one of the fastest growing parts of our economy before the onset of the pandemic.”
The Great American Outdoors Act is bipartisan legislation that Senator Heinrich led to fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and make record investments in our outdoor economy. The bill includes a measure championed by Senator Heinrich to extend funding to address maintenance backlogs at all four public lands agencies and the Bureau of Indian Education.