Bipartisan Transportation Package a Major Conservation Victory

House Urged to Get Bill to President’s Desk

03-14-2012 // Miles Grant
Capitol building

The U.S. Senate today passed a sweeping transportation bill on a bipartisan vote.

Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, said today:

The Senate transportation bill is a laudable bipartisan milestone at a time when Congress seems otherwise paralyzed and deadlocked. The bill will help rebuild America and create thousands of new jobs in the process including in transit, bike paths and programs to help get kids to and from school safely. Most notably the bill includes two of the most important conservation investment measures in decades – the RESTORE Act, which would dedicate BP fines and penalties to Gulf restoration, and a long-term reauthorization and new funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

“The Senate should also be commended for rejecting a wide range of amendments that would have led to dirtier air, a mandated tar sands pipeline, drilling in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge and other polluter giveaways.

“We urge the House to take action and pass a similar broad bipartisan package that will boost our economy and protect and restore our environment for this and future generations. This is no time for political games, ploys, posturing and showdowns. This is a chance to get something done for the good of this and future generations and in the process restore a semblance of faith that Washington can work.”

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