The House passed the Great American Outdoors Act (H.R. 7092), a bill that Tom co-sponsored. The bill, which is headed to the President’s desk, fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) $900 million annually. It also creates the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Fund, which will provide much needed funding to the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other federal agencies to fix roads, trails, buildings and other forms of public infrastructure over the next five years. This federal funding will protect our nation’s sacred national treasures, like the Grand Canyon National Park, the Tonto National Forest, and many others throughout Arizona.
Additionally, several of Tom’s bills were included in the annual Department of Defense authorization bill (“NDAA”), including the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act, which Tom and fellow Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva proudly introduced last year. The bill permanently bans uranium mining in the Grand Canyon region.
The defense bill also included the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (H.R. 3783) -, a bill that Tom and New Mexico Congressman Ben Ray Lujan introduced to extend protections for “downwinders” in Northern Arizona, Utah, and Nevada who were exposed to radiation from Cold War era nuclear tests at the Nevada Test site.