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.

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 Bennet15 Dems urge FEC to adopt new rules for online political ads Lawmakers put their beer brewing skills to test for charity Bipartisan lawmakers can rebuild trust by passing infusion therapy bill MORE (D-Colo.) said of the bill he introduced with Sens. Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteExplaining Democratic victories: It’s gun violence, stupid Trump voter fraud panel member fights back against critics Dems plan to make gun control an issue in Nevada MORE (R-N.H.) and Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrOvernight Energy: Chemical safety regulator's nomination at risk | Watchdog scolds Zinke on travel records | Keystone pipeline spills 210,000 gallons of oil Overnight Regulation: Senators unveil bipartisan gun background check bill | FCC rolls back media regs | Family leave credit added to tax bill | Senate confirms banking watchdog Collins ‘leaning against’ Trump EPA chemical nominee 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.