Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Congress Restores LWCF, Urban Funds

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Congress Restores LWCF, Urban Funds

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White House: More Needed for Parks

The House and Senate have agreed to restore funding for LWCF state assistance and the Urban Park and Recreation Recovery Program, appropriating $20 million and $2 million respectively.

Meanwhile, at press time, the White House was expected to veto the fiscal year 2000 Interior spending bill because of a series of riders likely to have a negative impact on resource conservation, and insufficient funds for presidential initiatives. The President is reportedly seeking an additional $100 million for LWCF state assistance, NRPA has learned.

Fiscal year 2000 funds for both LWCF and UPARR programs were added as the result of either direct or indirect floor activity during consideration of the bill. In the House, for example, Rep. James McGovern (D-MA) and a number of other legislators urged more LWCF funds and by a 213-202 vote, the House agreed to add $30 million for LWCF state/local aid and $4 million for urban parks. The Senate later added $20 million and $2.5 million respectively.

The congressional compromise assures that both programs will be funded for the first time since 1995.

The Administrations' anticipated action to veto the bill and request for additional LWCF funds is based in part on its request in February for $200 million for LWCF state aid, including $50 million for more comprehensive planning that would address urban sprawl, transportation capacity and other priorities. …

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