Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, will be in Colorado today and Friday to highlight the Great American Outdoors Act, passed by the House yesterday, and the administration’s affordable child care efforts.
This morning, Ivanka, an adviser to the President, and Coloradan Interior Secretary David Bernhardt will visit Rocky Mountain National Park to highlight the Great American Outdoors Act.
“The Great American Outdoors Act will address the nearly $20 billion in deferred maintenance backlog at national parks and other public lands which will allow for repairs to roads, bridges, park facilities, visitor centers, and more.”
– U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner
Tomorrow morning Trump, Gardner, and the Department of Labor and Department of Health and Human Services officials will come together for a tour and discussion at an undisclosed Denver child care facility.
“I am looking forward to visiting the great state of Colorado and learning how this administration’s policies are helping citizens across the state.”
– Ivanka Trump
Ivanka Trump has previously visited Colorado in an official capacity in July 2019, when she visited Lockheed Martin in Littleton to discuss workforce development. In May 2019, she held a meeting with Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock following a deadly school shooting at a local school.
The Great American Outdoor Act is a bill that was introduced by Colorado Senator, Cory Gardner. The bill will allocate up to 1.9 billion dollars annually for national parks to use on deferred maintenance projects.
The bill also covers the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS), and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) for their deferred maintenance projects as well. Furthermore, this act will provide complete and consistent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF, which has been one of the most impactful national conservation programs, should receive 900 million dollars annually.
Now signed into law, National Parks will be able to upgrade and fix infrastructures such as trails, campgrounds, restrooms, and visitors centers. According to The National Parks Conservation Society, there is an estimated 12 billion dollars worth of repairs that are needed in America’s National Parks. Additionally, this new funding could create approximately 100,000 new jobs in order to fulfill the maintenance needs of the parks. Finally, this bill will promote further conservation and improved access to outdoor recreation in many parts of the country. This will fall under the responsibility of the LWCF, an organization that has already created and completed at least one recreation, conservation, or access project for every county in the nation.
The Great American Outdoors Act, sponsored by Gardner and introduced in March, would establish the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund, which would support deferred maintenance projects on federal lands with up to $1.9 billion each fiscal year. It would be funded by 50% of all federal revenue from energy development on federal lands and water. It also makes funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund permanent.