August 2014: Land and Water Conservation Fund

Policy: Co-sponsors Needed For Bill That Increases Money for LWCF State Assistance Program

A bipartisan group of Representatives took to heart the fact that July is Park and Recreation Month, and introduced a bill on July 18 that guarantees a minimum of 40 percent of all Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) funding will be provided to the State Assistance Program. The introduction of this bill (H.R. 2727) stems from a meeting NRPA members from West Virginia had with Representative David McKinley (R-WV) at this year’s Legislative Forum.

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Funding: Update on the Annual Appropriations Battle for LWCF in 2014

The House and Senate have taken two very different directions relative to how much money should be allocated to the spending bills (appropriations bills) in FY 2014.  In fact, the two chambers are approximately $92 billion apart in the total amount allocated for FY 2014.  Congress has thus far been unable to pass any of the twelve appropriations bills, and the House is scheduled to be in session only nine days in September.  Therefore, it is highly unlikely the two parties or the two chambers will reach consensus by the start of the new fiscal year on October 1, and we will likely see Congress pass a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) to give itself more time to address the appropriations bills.   

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Municipal Bond Discussion in Congress — Park and Recreation Projects At Risk 

In addition to making across the board spending cuts, Congress is now looking at tax reform in order to raise revenue and get our nation’s deficit under control.  As a result, both chambers are currently drafting legislation and House leaders have vowed that a vote on this issue will take place in October.

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House and Senate Transportation Spending Bills Crash with a Resounding THUD — Walking and Biking Programs at Risk

Efforts to pass the FY 2014 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill (THUD) prior to the August Congressional recess fell apart in the House and Senate over the much larger question of how to deal with the severe, across-the-board spending cuts resulting from sequestration.

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