Thursday, September 13, 2018

Trump-backed bill to repair national parks advances in the House

The House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday passed a bipartisan bill to make billions of dollars worth of repairs and maintenance in the country's national parks. The bill, which moves now to the House floor, would pay for repairs with money the government collects from the development of oil, natural gas, wind, and solar energy on public lands. It was co-sponsored by the committee’s chairman, Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah and top Democrat, Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona. They usuall fight on public lands issues, but in this case, they agreed to a compromise that is similar to a Trump administration proposal to fund the Interior Department’s $16 billion maintenance backlog. "Our parks are national treasures,” Bishop said Thursday. “Let's start treating them that way." Of the $16 billion backlog, the National Park Service has the largest repair need — $11.6 billion in 2017 for the nation’s 417 national park sites...MORE 

As they pass this "bipartisan" bill to spend billions on federal lands, keep the following in mjnd:

National debt jumps $500 billion in less than six months

US National Debt at $21 Trillion

Government borrowing - and the deficit - soars despite robust economy

National debt is spending problem much more than revenue problem

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