Congressman Bruce Westerman Introduces FLIP Act, Supporting Federal Lands Infrastructure
WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) introduced H.R. 5170, the Federal Lands Investment Partnership (FLIP) Act, on Monday (March 5).
“From Hot Springs to Yosemite, the National Parks Service and other federal agencies have projects that require immediate maintenance but have not received the attention they deserve,” Westerman said. “The FLIP Act is a common-sense modernization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Its enactment would better serve the needs of individual states and return LWCF to its original intent of preserving and ensuring public access to public lands. By directing federal funding toward reducing our Federal Lands infrastructure maintenance backlog, we ensure our public lands will be available for enjoyment for decades to come.”
- The FLIP Act permanently ensures that 25% of LWCF appropriations is directed toward the States;
- The FLIP Act allocates an additional 40% to various federal programs, 75% of which will be directed toward conducting deferred maintenance projects, critical infrastructure projects, clean-up efforts, and more;
- Directs 15% of LWCF funding to promote offshore energy exploration, innovation, and education.
- Creates a pilot program to improve federal permit coordination on the outer confinement shelf, and directs funding towards higher education grants.