Davis Supports the Bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act

U.S. Representative Rodney Davis voted in support of the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act, which makes critical investments in our nation’s parks and public lands.

“This month is National Parks Month, and I’m glad both parties were able to come together and pass historic investments in our nation’s parks and public lands,” said Rep. Davis.“The 13th Congressional District is home to important and historic sites like the Lincoln Home. The Great American Outdoors Act makes the needed investments to preserve sites and parks like that throughout the country. It’s important for us to preserve and showcase our nation’s beauty, and this legislation provides for the resources to get it done.”

“Whether it’s a hike through the prairie or canoeing along the Illinois river, our state’s wide array of diverse ecosystems are truly natural treasures. Passage of the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) ensures such areas will receive vital funding for generations to come. The benefits of GAOA extend far beyond the realm of conservation. Full, permanent funding of the Land Water Conservation Fund will lead to significant economic stimulus and expanding opportunities for outdoor recreation in Illinois.” - Michelle Carr, Illinois State Director of The Nature Conservancy

"Our national park sites, like the Lincoln Historic Home, are vitally important to tourism, our local economy and job creation," said Scott Dahl, Director of Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Thank you Congressman Davis for helping pass this bipartisan legislation that will fix crumbling park infrastructure and strengthen our economy when we need it most."

 “The National Park Foundation commends Congressman Davis for his leadership on the Great American Outdoors Act as a cosponsor. Passed with bipartisan support, this soon-to-be-law will help preserve and protect special places like Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Illinois’ 13th Congressional District. As the Foundation carries out its mission to enrich national parks through philanthropic support, I look forward to the President signing this historic conservation victory into law,” said Will Shafroth, President and CEO, National Park Foundation.

Davis was a co-sponsor of H.R. 7092, the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act, which passed the House on Wednesday through concurrence of a Senate Amendment to H.R. 1957.

According to the Nature Conservancy, “The bill combines two conservation proposals that each have strong, bipartisan support. The first would provide full and permanent funding of $900 million each year for the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), the amount it is authorized to receive from offshore oil and gas revenues – not tax dollars. The second part of the bill would invest $1.9 billion annually for the next five years toward maintenance in national parks and other public lands.”