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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01)

November 6, 2020

Press Release

Albuquerque, N.M. – Today, Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01) released the following statement after the Department of Interior failed to meet the statutory deadline to submit its list of projects to fund under the Great American Outdoors Act. Interior’s deadline to submit a list of projects it wants to fund was November 2.

“All Americans deserve the resources for their public parks and outdoor spaces but once again the Trump Administration is taking that away from our families. Though they took a campaign victory lap about the Great American Outdoors Act, I am astounded by their vendetta against conservation funding they celebrated just days ago. It was obvious from the start that their support of the Great American Outdoors Act was a ploy to win votes in a close election year. I urge the Trump Administration to submit their list of designated projects for Fiscal Year 2021 funding. Otherwise Congress will step in to ensure protection of the millions of dollars in funding that was set aside for environmental conservation and restoration,” said Congresswoman Haaland, Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources.

President Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act into law in August, which set aside $9.5 billion dedicated to address maintenance for public lands. In that budget was funding set aside for various conservation projects. As of November 5, the Department of the Interior has neglected to provide the required list of projects to be funded.

Investing in public lands and fighting climate change are at the top of Haaland’s priorities. In July, Congresswoman Haaland in her role as Chair of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, chaired a forum on sustainable job creation to bounce back from the pandemic. Haaland led the discussion on policies to create new conservation-oriented jobs around the country to support both the economy and the environment.