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S. 500: Restore Our Parks Act

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But would it be financially disadvantageous to certain southern states?


$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 ...

Sponsor and status

Robert “Rob” Portman

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Ohio. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 25, 2020
Length: 18 pages
Feb 14, 2019

Ordered Reported on Nov 19, 2019

The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on November 19, 2019.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Ohio Conservation Leaders Praise Bipartisan Legislation to Fund Maintenance Backlog on Federal Lands
    — Sen. Robert “Rob” Portman [R-OH] (Sponsor) on Mar 12, 2020

With Federal Funding For Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor At Risk, Gillibrand, Schumer, Tonko, Higgins, Morelle, Delgado Push To Extend Canalway’s Funding Cap In Must-Pass National Defense Bill
    — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY] (Co-sponsor) on Aug 15, 2019

Progressive Leader Barbara Lee Says \"Get the Economy Back on Track\"
    — Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA13] on Jan 16, 2008

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What stakeholders are saying

Institute for Spending Reform estimates S. 500 will add $6.3 billion in new spending through 2029.


Feb 14, 2019

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Nov 19, 2019
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

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Signed by the President

S. 500 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

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