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National Parks Upkeep Bill Gaining Steam, Lawmakers Say

May 15, 2019, 7:59 PM

Momentum is building in Congress for a bill to help reduce a $12 billion maintenance backlog at national parks, according to a bipartisan group of lawmakers.

The bill (H.R. 1225) would allocate $6.5 billion for park upkeep through 2024. It already has 207 cosponsors in the House and 36 in the Senate, as well as support from the Trump administration.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said at a May 15 press conference that he is confident more senators will sign on. Several local groups are lobbying congressional lawmakers this week to support the measure.

The administration has ...