LWCF reauthorization was part of a package of public lands bills that had passed the House and had strong bipartisan support in the Senate. However, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, held the public lands package up. In the end, Senate leadership pushed the funding bill forward, without public lands provisions.
“We will take a much-needed break and be back at work next year,” said Amy Lindholm, of the LWCF coalition. “Senate leadership promised that the public lands package would be one of the first pieces of legislation to be considered in the New Year.”