he U.S. Senate passed landmark conservation legislation on Wednesday that would provide $9.5 billion to repair national parks and permanently direct $900 million a year for outdoor recreation on public lands.
The Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act by a 73-25 vote, and House of Representatives members have said they will support similar legislation. Additionally, President Donald Trump has signaled support for the legislation.
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., has been leading the effort for years to provide financial relief to national parks. He first introduced legislation three years ago to deal with the backlog of maintenance projects in national parks. His original bill to fix crumbling recreational infrastructure is incorporated into the Great American Outdoors Act.