US President Donald Trump signed a sweeping new environmental conservation bill into law during a ceremony on Tuesday
WASHINGTON (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 04th August, 2020) US President Donald Trump signed a sweeping new environmental conservation bill into law during a ceremony on Tuesday.
"In a few moments, I will proudly sign the Great American Outdoors Act into law," Trump said. "Today, we're making the most significant investment in our parks since the administration of the legendary conservationist President Theodore Roosevelt."
The act ensures permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in the amount of $900 million annually and allocates $9.5 billion in the next five years for maintenance, repair and upgrade backlogs at US national parks.
The bill, sponsored by Republican senators Cory Gardner and Steve Daines, received bipartisan support in the Senate (73-25) and the House of Representatives (310-107).
Vice President Mike Pence said that the bill will create up to 100,000 new infrastructure-related jobs.