Schumer calls for House to vote on legislation that protects local public lands

Senator Chuck Schumer is calling on the House of Representatives to pass legislation he says will help protect historic sites and public land in our area.

The Lands Package contains legislation that would make The Land and Water Conservation Fund permanent. The LWCF is responsible for supporting several local places of note, including the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and the Women’s Rights National Historic Park.

The program expired last year – however, in a 92-8 vote, the Senate passed the 2019 Lands Package, which would make LWCF permanent.

“(I)t has contributed to preserving hundreds of acres of parks, generating billions in economic activity, and helping create over 300,000 jobs in the outdoor economy of New York State. That’s why it is completely unacceptable that Congress allowed the authorization for this critical program to lapse,” Schumer said during an address in Seneca Falls Monday.

Schumer is now asking the House to approve the legislation. He requested his fellow lawmakers take up the legislation as quickly as possible.

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