Outdoors Act Is Victory for Nation

At a time when partisan game-playing has caused some Americans to lose faith in Congress, it is a pleasure to note the occasional victory for bipartisan common sense.

One occurred this week, when President Donald Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act into law. As we have explained previously, the measure provides $9.5 billion to clear up maintenance backlogs at national parks and other federal lands.

It also ensures the Land and Water Conservation Act program will be funded fully, at $900 million a year. In the past, the LWCA has received just fractions of that amount, which was authorized years ago. The LWCA is a critical program that has benefited dozens of recreation and conservation projects here in the Ohio Valley.

Good for lawmakers for approving the act — and, by the way, good for U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., for being one of its most effective champions.

Enactment of the measure is a victory for all Americans, regardless of political persuasion.


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