In a rare display of bipartisanship, the U.S. Senate has passed a sweeping public lands package that both addresses the ballooning maintenance backlog at national parks and provides full, permanent funding for the popular Land and Water Conservation Fund, a program established in 1964 to protect natural areas and water resources.
- Associated Press: Senate approves $2.8B plan to boost conservation, parks
- The Mercury News: National parks: Senate approves billions in new funding for trails, roads, campgrounds, new lands
- Roll Call: Conservation groups cheer passage of lands bill in Senate
- The Hill: Focus shifts to House after Senate passes major public lands bill