Senators sponsor bill to extend conservation fund

A bipartisan trio of senators introduced a bill Tuesday to indefinitely reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The fund, overseen by the Interior Department, pays to establish and maintain parks, wildlife habitat, recreational facilities and similar places around the country.

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It would expire this year without a reauthorization.

“LWCF is a critical tool that has helped boost Colorado’s tourism and outdoor recreation economy,” Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetGOP eying 'blue slip' break to help Trump fill the courts NFL star claims he was victim of 'abusive conduct' by Las Vegas police Gardner throws support behind DREAM Act MORE (D-Colo.) said of the bill he introduced with Sens. Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteStale, misguided, divisive: minimum wage can't win elections Trump voter fraud commission sets first meeting outside DC RNC chair warns: Republicans who refused to back Trump offer 'cautionary tale' MORE (R-N.H.) and Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrLawmakers grapple with warrantless wiretapping program Facebook under fire over Russian ads in election 5 senators call for US to shutter embassy in Havana MORE (R-N.C.).

“It’s time to permanently reauthorize LWCF so that we can continue to preserve and protect New Hampshire’s outdoor spaces for future generations,” said Ayotte.

The fund uses revenue from offshore oil and natural gas drilling. But Congress have never funded it to its fully authorized amount of $900 million per year.

Although the senate bill would ensure that it exists for years to come, it would not provide it more funding.