Center for Western Priorities Facebook
Center for Western Priorities Twitter
Center for Western Priorities Videos


WATCH: Congressman Who Killed Bipartisan Parks Program Gets Irritated by Request to Discuss It

The Land and Water Conservation Fund lapsed for the first time in 50 years last week. Despite broad bipartisan support in both the U.S. House and Senate, America’s most effective land conservation-funding program was allowed to expire because of an intransigent political minority, led by Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT). 

So what happened when a fellow Member of Congress spoke truth to power to Congressman Bishop, asking him simply to follow regular order and schedule a hearing on the bill? Watch for yourself:

In the video, Congressman Jared Huffman (D-CA) asked that the House Natural Resources Committee consider reauthorizing LWCF, saying:

We have to move if we value this fund. This fund is a bargain. This is a basic compact where these public leases are offered up to private entities that extract oil and gas offshore and they make a lot of money. In return a portion of those royalties goes to these conservation and public access purposes. That’s been an essential bipartisan bargain that we have honored for 50 years.

In response: Congressman Bishop fumed and fumbled, but had no good answer for why he has continued to stifle debate and kill funding to the popular program.

Renewing the Land and Water Conservation Fund is not a partisan issue. Consider, for example, that:

This kind of bipartisan support has been present since LWCF was created in 1964. The bill creating the LWCF passed the house on a voice vote and flew through the Senate on a vote of 92-1.

But funding to LWCF has now expired, not because of partisan bickering or disagreements, but only because of a single member of Congress who refuses to allow a simple up-or-down vote on renewing the fund.

Latest News

@WstrnPriorities on Twitter

2 days ago
A riveting first-person account from @JessiJohnson89 of @artemis_nwf about how her first bow hunt turned her into a public lands advocate for life.
3 days ago
NEW PODCAST: @JessiJohnson89 of @artemis_nwf describes how her first bowhunt turned her into a public lands activist for life.
4 days ago
UPDATE on Rep. Mike Noel’s undisclosed land that magically got cut out of Grand Staircase-Escalante NM. Fact-check from @Western_Values:
4 days ago
New from @GregorZimmer: The Land & Water Conservation Fund is wildly popular with Republicans and Democrats in Montana. So why is @SecretaryZinke trying to defund it?
WstrnPriorities photo


Interior Secretary Zinke wants to defund a vital land conservation program he supposedly supports

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has turned his back on Montana, a state he represented in Congress until last year. The...

February 15th, 2018

In their own words: Interior Department admits it’s helping oil and gas companies at the expense of taxpayers, clean air

At the direction of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, the Bureau of Land Management has announced it will effectively eliminate a...

February 15th, 2018

Trump’s “Energy Dominance” Reality Check

The fact is, U.S. oil production hit new heights during the Obama administration. Same with natural gas. The Trump administration’s...

February 8th, 2018