U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Green Bay, voted with the majority Tuesday (Feb. 26) when the House of Representatatives voted 363-62 to permanently reauthorize the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
“This program is critical to Northeast Wisconsin and our efforts to preserve our parks and natural resources—and it comes at no cost to taxpayers,” Gallagher said in a Facebook post.
The legislation, which passed the Senate on Feb. 12 by a 92-8 margin, now heads to President Donald Trump for his signature.
In a story Gallagher shared on the social media site, Roll Call reported:
The package includes legislation that would provide federal protections to large swaths of public lands and also permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, whose authority lapsed at the end of September when Congress failed to act on time …
The package, a product of months of bipartisan and bicameral negotiations, would protect millions of acres of federal lands, including 1.3 million acres of wilderness designations in California, Utah, Oregon and New Mexico. It would designate 650 miles of river as wild and scenic, and would create four new national monuments.