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H.R. 1225: Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act


The text of the bill below is as of Oct 22, 2019 (Reported by House Committee).

Summary of this bill

But would it be financially disadvantageous to certain southern states?

Context

$11.9 billion worth of deferred maintenance has been delayed or postponed on national parks. These include transportation infrastructure such as roadways, tunnels, and bridges — and also trails, dams, fortifications, wastewater systems, and more.

The National Parks Service (NPS) proposed budget for 2021 recommends Congress create a dedicated stream of funding for the purpose, using the revenues from energy production such as oil drilling on federal lands.

What the legislation does

The Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act would do the same. The created fund would devote up to 50% of such energy revenues to a restoration fund ...


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Union Calendar No. 199

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1225

[Report No. 116–250, Part I]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 14, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Kilmer, Mr. Vela, Mr. Cook, Ms. Wasserman Schultz, Ms. Clarke of New York, Mr. Aguilar, Mr. Bergman, Mr. Connolly, Ms. Meng, Mr. Cooper, Mr. Turner, Mr. Tipton, Ms. DeGette, Mr. Rooney of Florida, Mr. Moulton, Mr. Joyce of Pennsylvania, Mr. Gaetz, Mrs. Walorski, Mr. Cartwright, Mr. Hice of Georgia, Mr. Schweikert, Mr. Rodney Davis of Illinois, Mr. Gallego, Mr. Brendan F. Boyle of Pennsylvania, Ms. Norton, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Fleischmann, Mr. Allen, Mrs. Lesko, Mr. Johnson of Georgia, Mr. Luján, Ms. DelBene, Mr. Reschenthaler, Mr. Lowenthal, Mr. Krishnamoorthi, Mr. Lamb, Mr. Panetta, Ms. Wild, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Michael F. Doyle of Pennsylvania, Ms. Pingree, Mr. Curtis, Mr. Lipinski, Mr. Espaillat, Mr. Cummings, Mr. Peters, Ms. Bonamici, Mr. Sires, Mr. Stewart, Ms. Eshoo, Mr. Mooney of West Virginia, Mr. Fitzpatrick, Mr. Pascrell, Mr. Stivers, Ms. Velázquez, Mr. Zeldin, Mr. Welch, Mr. Cicilline, Ms. Wilson of Florida, Ms. Lee of California, Mr. Marshall, Mr. Young, Miss González-Colón of Puerto Rico, Mr. Amodei, Mr. Gibbs, Mr. Wilson of South Carolina, Mr. Biggs, Mr. Katko, Mrs. Radewagen, Mr. Gallagher, Mr. Hill of Arkansas, Mr. Cleaver, Ms. Scanlon, Mr. Ruiz, Mr. Clay, Ms. Dean, Ms. Jayapal, Mr. Cisneros, Mr. Engel, Mr. Schrader, Mr. Rouda, Ms. McCollum, Mr. Smith of Washington, Mr. Gianforte, Mr. Budd, Mr. Cole, Mr. Hurd of Texas, Mr. Long, Mr. David P. Roe of Tennessee, Mr. Simpson, Ms. Stefanik, and Ms. Houlahan) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Education and Labor, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

October 22, 2019

Additional sponsors: Mr. Evans, Ms. Lofgren, Mr. Larsen of Washington, Mr. Carter of Georgia, Mr. Armstrong, Ms. Schrier, Mr. Thompson of California, Mr. Pocan, Mr. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, Mr. Ryan, Mr. Kind, Mr. Quigley, Mrs. Miller, Mr. Meadows, Mr. Neguse, Mrs. Rodgers of Washington, Ms. Barragán, Mr. Langevin, Mr. Schiff, Mr. Lawson of Florida, Mr. Sablan, Mr. Rush, Mr. Collins of New York, Mr. Sarbanes, Mr. Stauber, Mrs. Watson Coleman, Mr. Joyce of Ohio, Ms. Kelly of Illinois, Mr. Lamborn, Mr. Kildee, Mr. Babin, Mr. Wittman, Mr. Upton, Ms. Hill of California, Mr. Blumenauer, Mrs. McBath, Mrs. Torres of California, Mr. Rutherford, Mr. Cuellar, Mr. Takano, Mr. LaHood, Mr. Bishop of Georgia, Mr. Loebsack, Mr. Peterson, Mr. McHenry, Mr. Golden, Mr. Carter of Texas, Mr. Perlmutter, Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Crow, Mr. Malinowski, Mr. Suozzi, Mr. Emmer, Ms. Granger, Mr. Gonzalez of Ohio, Ms. Sewell of Alabama, Ms. Judy Chu of California, Mr. Gooden, Mr. Walden, Mr. Van Drew, Ms. Titus, Mr. O'Halleran, Ms. Frankel, Ms. Shalala, Mr. Meeks, Mr. Nadler, Ms. Matsui, Mr. Himes, Mr. Riggleman, Mr. Norcross, Mr. Cohen, Mrs. Kirkpatrick, Mr. Ruppersberger, Mr. Rose of New York, Mr. Webster of Florida, Ms. Kuster of New Hampshire, Mr. Heck, Mr. Cox of California, Mr. Cárdenas, Mr. Johnson of South Dakota, Mr. Comer, Mr. Carbajal, Mr. Calvert, Mr. Thompson of Pennsylvania, Mrs. Napolitano, Mr. Watkins, Ms. Sánchez, Ms. Porter, Mr. Casten of Illinois, Mr. Brown of Maryland, Mr. Guthrie, Mr. Horsford, Mr. Garamendi, Mr. Case, Mr. García of Illinois, Mr. Trone, Ms. Mucarsel-Powell, Ms. Roybal-Allard, Mr. Raskin, Mr. Price of North Carolina, Mr. Costa, Mr. Tonko, Mr. Kim, Ms. Omar, Mr. Woodall, Mr. Kevin Hern of Oklahoma, Mr. DeSaulnier, Mrs. Dingell, Ms. Craig, Mr. Khanna, Ms. Brownley of California, Mr. Stanton, Mr. Morelle, Mr. Foster, Mr. Lynch, Mr. McCaul, Mr. Gomez, Ms. Bass, Mr. Hastings, Mr. McKinley, Mr. Correa, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Williams, Ms. Clark of Massachusetts, Mr. Austin Scott of Georgia, Mr. Pappas, Mrs. Luria, Mr. Brindisi, Mr. McAdams, Mr. Gonzalez of Texas, Mr. Yarmuth, Ms. Stevens, Mr. Flores, Ms. Tlaib, Mr. Fulcher, Mr. Duncan, Mr. Reed, Mr. Smucker, Mr. Burchett, Mr. Neal, Mr. Mullin, Mr. King of New York, Mr. Shimkus, Mr. Walberg, Mrs. Hartzler, Mr. Bilirakis, Mr. Pallone, Mr. Holding, Mr. Rogers of Kentucky, Mr. Thornberry, Mr. Rice of South Carolina, Mr. Westerman, Mr. Ferguson, Mr. Chabot, Mr. Bucshon, Mrs. Demings, Mr. Johnson of Ohio, Mr. Harder of California, Mr. Sensenbrenner, Mr. Conaway, Mr. Barr, Mr. Deutch, Mr. Crist, Mr. LaMalfa, Mr. Rogers of Alabama, Ms. Slotkin, Ms. Castor of Florida, Ms. Speier, Mr. Swalwell of California, Mr. Fortenberry, Mr. DesJarlais, Ms. Torres Small of New Mexico, Mr. Spano, Mr. Larson of Connecticut, Mr. Marchant, Miss Rice of New York, Mr. Olson, Mr. Wright, Mr. Jeffries, Ms. Finkenauer, Mr. Collins of Georgia, Mr. Gosar, Mr. Castro of Texas, Mr. Soto, Mr. Hunter, Mr. Weber of Texas, Mr. Brady, Mr. Courtney, Mr. Buchanan, Mr. Rouzer, Mrs. Axne, Ms. Escobar, Ms. Sherrill, Mr. Duffy, Mr. Harris, Mr. Gottheimer, Mr. Payne, Mr. Newhouse, Mr. Kelly of Pennsylvania, Mr. Doggett, Mr. DeFazio, Mr. Hudson, Mr. Butterfield, Mr. Crenshaw, Mr. Allred, Mr. McNerney, Mrs. Fletcher, Ms. Wexton, Mr. Lucas, Mr. Phillips, Ms. Waters, Mr. Bera, Mr. Cline, Mrs. Davis of California, Mr. Pence, Mr. Delgado, Mr. Scott of Virginia, Mr. Arrington, Mr. Graves of Missouri, Ms. Jackson Lee, Ms. Kendra S. Horn of Oklahoma, Ms. Spanberger, Ms. Davids of Kansas, Mrs. Lee of Nevada, Ms. Adams, Mr. Crawford, Mr. Ted Lieu of California, Ms. Pressley, Mr. Cunningham, Mrs. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, Mr. Higgins of New York, Mr. Visclosky, Ms. Gabbard, Mr. Levin of Michigan, Mrs. Murphy of Florida, Mr. David Scott of Georgia, and Ms. Johnson of Texas

October 22, 2019

Reported from the Committee on Natural Resources with an amendment

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

October 22, 2019

Committee on Education and Labor discharged; committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed

For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on February 14, 2019


A BILL

To establish, fund, and provide for the use of amounts in a National Park Service and Public Lands Legacy Restoration Fund to address the maintenance backlog of the National Park Service, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Indian Education, and for other purposes.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act.

2.

National Park Service and Public Lands Legacy Restoration Fund

(a)

In general

There is established in the Treasury of the United States a fund, to be known as the National Park Service and Public Lands Legacy Restoration Fund (referred to in this section as the Fund).

(b)

Deposits

(1)

In general

Except as provided in paragraph (2), for each of fiscal years 2020 through 2024, there shall be deposited in the Fund an amount equal to 50 percent of all energy development revenues due and payable to the United States from oil, gas, coal, or alternative or renewable energy development on Federal land and water that would otherwise be credited, covered, or deposited as miscellaneous receipts under Federal law.

(2)

Maximum amount

The amount deposited in the Fund under paragraph (1) shall not exceed $1,300,000,000 for any fiscal year.

(3)

Effect on other revenues

Nothing in this section affects the disposition under Federal law, including the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (43 U.S.C. 1331 note; Public Law 109–432), the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 181 et seq.), and chapter 2003 of title 54, United States Code, of energy development revenues—

(A)

to special funds, trust funds, or States; or

(B)

that have been otherwise appropriated under Federal law.

(c)

Availability of funds

Amounts deposited in the Fund shall be available to the Secretary of the Interior without further appropriation or fiscal year limitation.

(d)

Investment of amounts

(1)

In general

The Secretary of the Interior may request the Secretary of the Treasury to invest any portion of the Fund that is not, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior, required to meet the current needs of the Fund.

(2)

Requirement

An investment requested under paragraph (1) shall be made by the Secretary of the Treasury in a public debt security—

(A)

with a maturity suitable to the needs of the Fund, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior; and

(B)

bearing interest at a rate determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, taking into consideration current market yields on outstanding marketable obligations of the United States of comparable maturity.

(3)

Credits to fund

The income on investments of the Fund under this subsection shall be credited to, and form a part of, the Fund.

(e)

Use of funds

(1)

In general

Amounts in the Fund shall be used as follows:

(A)

Eighty percent of amounts in the Fund shall be allocated for priority deferred maintenance projects, including other infrastructure deficiencies directly related to such deferred maintenance projects, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior and the Director of the National Park Service, with the goal of ensuring overall parity between amounts allocated to transportation and non-transportation projects.

(B)

Ten percent of amounts in the Fund shall be allocated for purposes of addressing the national wildlife refuge system maintenance backlog, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior and the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

(C)

Five percent of amounts in the Fund shall be allocated for the purposes of addressing the public access and recreation backlog on public lands, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior and the Director of the Bureau of Land Management.

(D)

Five percent of amounts in the Fund shall be allocated for the purposes of addressing the Bureau of Indian Education school construction and deferred maintenance backlogs, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior and the Director of the Bureau of Indian Education.

(2)

Consideration of project lifespan

The Secretary of the Interior shall take into consideration the projected lifespan of any project under this Act when prioritizing which such projects to fund under paragraph (1).

(f)

Limit on use of funds

No more than 10 percent of the amounts in the Fund may be used for administrative costs incurred in implementing this Act.

(g)

Prohibited use of funds

No amounts in the Fund shall be used—

(1)

for land acquisition;

(2)

to supplant discretionary funding made available for the annually recurring facility operations, maintenance, and construction needs of the entities for which amounts from the Fund are allocated under subsection (e); or

(3)

for performance awards for Federal employees who are employed in implementing this Act.

(h)

Submission to Congress

The Secretary of the Interior shall submit to the Committees on Appropriations and Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and to the Committees on Appropriations and Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate, with the annual budget submission of the President, a list of projects for which the amounts in the Fund are allocated under this section, including a description of each such project.

(i)

Public donations

(1)

In general

The Secretary of the Interior, the Director of the National Park Service, the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the Director of the Bureau of Land Management, and the Assistant Secretary — Indian Affairs may accept public cash or in-kind donations that advance efforts—

(A)

to reduce the deferred maintenance backlog of the National Park Service, the national wildlife refuge system maintenance backlog of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the public access and recreation backlog of the Bureau of Land Management, and the school construction backlog of the Bureau of Indian Education, respectively; and

(B)

to encourage relevant public-private partnerships.

(2)

Credits to fund

Any cash donations accepted under paragraph (1) shall be credited to, and form a part of, the Fund.

(3)

Reporting

Each donation received under paragraph (1) that is used for, or directly related to, the reduction of the deferred maintenance backlog of the National Park Service, the national wildlife refuge system maintenance backlog of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the public access and recreation backlog of the Bureau of Land Management, and the school construction backlog of the Bureau of Indian Education, shall be included with the annual budget submission of the President to Congress.

October 22, 2019

Reported from the Committee on Natural Resources with an amendment

October 22, 2019

Committee on Education and Labor discharged; committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed