August 2014: Land and Water Conservation Fund
Policy: Co-sponsors Needed For Bill That Increases
Money for LWCF State Assistance Program
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.
Funding: Update on the Annual Appropriations Battle for LWCF
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.
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.
and Senate Transportation Spending Bills Crash with a Resounding THUD — Walking
and Biking Programs at Risk
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.