The U.S. Senate is poised to consider oil spill/energy legislation that will fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and address oil spill issues in the Gulf of Mexico. Last Tuesday in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid and others introduced the Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Accountability Act (S. 3663), which among other provisions includes full and dedicated funding for the LWCF.
Take Action! Urge your Senate leader to support S. 3663.
UPDATE 8-3-10: Senator Reid has postponed Senate consideration of oil spill legislation, The Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Accountability Act (S.3663), until after August recess. This provides us with a great opportunity over the recess to continue to build strong support among Senate and House Congressional Members for full, dedicated funding of LWCF in energy/oil spill legislation. Keep up the effort to contact your legislative leaders!
LWCF Funding Gains House Approval
Thanks to your great efforts, the House of Representatives has approved the Consolidated Lands, Energy and Aquatic Resources (CLEAR) Act (H.R. 3534), which included full and dedicated funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, sending the bill to the Senate.
A recent national bipartisan poll shows strong support for the continued use of oil and gas fees for land and water protection and for fully funding the LWCF at $900 million annually. An overwhelming majority of voters -- 86 percent -- support committing funds from offshore drilling fees to LWCF (up 5 percentage points from June 2009).