Skip to main content

Senate Passes Great American Outdoors Act

Senate Passes Great American Outdoors Act

While it often seems the federal legislative system is so broken that nothing good can come out of it, occasionally a ray of hope appears on the horizon.

Such was the case last week when, in the middle of a pandemic and widespread unrest and rioting, the U.S. Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act. The truly bipartisan piece of legislation, shepherded through the Senate by Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, Steve Daines, R-Montana, and Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, will provide $2.8 billion to much-needed maintenance, improvements and conservation efforts at America’s national parks.

This important measure, supported by a wide variety of sportsmen's groups, provides funds that will help maintain access to public lands, specifically those in line with hunting, fishing, recreational shooting and other outdoor activities.

“This isn’t a bill that just benefits the East or the West, a bill that just benefits coastal states or interior ones,” Gardner said. “The entire country, from Hawaii to Alaska, from Florida to Maine, everywhere in between, benefits from the Great American Outdoors Act.”


In fact, Gardner is correct, as every state has projects on the backlog list. In the past, funds for such projects have often been diverted by Congress for other purposes.


Manchin was also very happy with the measure’s approval. “My bill … has passed the Senate!” Manchin gleefully tweeted after the vote. “This landmark legislation will provide full and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWFC) and finally address the ~$20 billion deferred maintenance backlog in our country’s public lands.”

Many observers who have been following the bill closely see passage as a victory for wildlife, public lands, outdoor recreation and even job creation.

“This is a monumental achievement that demonstrates a continued legacy of bipartisanship on wildlife, public lands and outdoor recreation issues,” said Lawrence G. Keane, senior vice president and general counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). “When enacted, this legislation will fulfill a promise to future generations that conservation, access to public lands and outdoor recreation including hunting and recreational shooting will be safeguarded well into the next century.”

The measure passed the Senate by a 73-to-25 vote and now heads to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration.


“I call on the House of Representatives to pass this bill without delay in order to provide jobs to the American people, economic stimulus to communities in need, and protections for the great American outdoors for future generations of Americans to cherish,” Gardner said.

Freelance writer and editor Mark Chesnut is the owner/editorial director at Red Setter Communications LLC. An avid hunter, shooter and political observer, he has been covering Second Amendment issues and politics on a near-daily basis for the past 20 years.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Hornady Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter with Hornady 4DOF

Hornady Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter with Hornady 4DOF

The Hornady Kestrel 5700 combines complete onsite environmental measurements with Hornady 4DOF trajectory solutions.

SCCY CPX-4 in .380 ACP

SCCY CPX-4 in .380 ACP

New for 2019 is the SCCY CPX-4, a .380 ACP semi-automatic pistol that extends beyond the existing SCCY CPX-3 line of pistols.

Leupold Freedom RDS

Leupold Freedom RDS

Patrick Sweeney reviews the Leupold Freedom RDS optic with bullet drop compensator!

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously ruled that New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal is “subject to the jurisdiction of Texas courts” in a First Amendment case brought by Defense Distributed, a Texas-based firm, and the Second Amendment Foundation.SAF, Defense Distributed Win Court Victory in 3D Gun Case 2nd Amendment

SAF, Defense Distributed Win Court Victory in 3D Gun Case

Second Amendment Foundation - August 22, 2020

The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously ruled that New Jersey Attorney General...

One New York lawmaker is pushing legislation to bypass the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) and allow gunmakers to be sued if their lawfully made products are used for criminal purposes.New York Targeting Gunmakers Instead of Criminals 2nd Amendment

New York Targeting Gunmakers Instead of Criminals

Mark Chesnut - August 19, 2020

One New York lawmaker is pushing legislation to bypass the Protection of Lawful Commerce in...

Virginia Republican Rep. Glenn Davis introduced two pro-2A measures in a special session that are designed to partially roll back some restrictive laws.Fighting Back in Virginia 2nd Amendment

Fighting Back in Virginia

Mark Chesnut - August 24, 2020

Virginia Republican Rep. Glenn Davis introduced two pro-2A measures in a special session that...

Unless Democrats rescind their proposed Gun Issuing Board, threats and anti-rights promises don't matterGun Control Speeches at DNC Misleading 2nd Amendment

Gun Control Speeches at DNC Misleading

JPFO - August 21, 2020

Unless Democrats rescind their proposed Gun Issuing Board, threats and anti-rights promises...

See More Trending Articles

More 2nd Amendment

Do Fudds for Biden really think that they'll be needed if a Democrat supermajority ever gains power?'Fudds for Biden' Continues Democrat Tradition of Lying to Gun Owners 2nd Amendment

'Fudds for Biden' Continues Democrat Tradition of Lying to Gun Owners

David Codrea - October 02, 2020

Do Fudds for Biden really think that they'll be needed if a Democrat supermajority ever gains...

Skyrocketing murder rates in several major American cities with strict gun laws offer hard evidence that gun control isn't just a failed policy, it's a disaster.Skyrocketing Murders in Major Cities Underscore Gun Control Disaster 2nd Amendment

Skyrocketing Murders in Major Cities Underscore Gun Control Disaster

Firearms News Staff - December 03, 2020

Skyrocketing murder rates in several major American cities with strict gun laws offer hard...

The Second Amendment Foundation and the Firearms Policy Coalition, alongside three young adults from PA, have filed a lawsuit, Lara v. Evanchick, against the state seeking for all statutes preventing those under 21 from obtaining a license to carry a firearm be declared unconstitutional.Gun Battle in The Keystone State 2nd Amendment

Gun Battle in The Keystone State

Mark Chesnut - October 27, 2020

The Second Amendment Foundation and the Firearms Policy Coalition, alongside three young...

many are wondering how truly corrupt the NRA has been over these past several years, if not decades.Has the NRA been Rigging Elections? 2nd Amendment

Has the NRA been Rigging Elections?

Ned Scott - October 29, 2020

many are wondering how truly corrupt the NRA has been over these past several years, if not...

See More 2nd Amendment

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW OUR CURRENT ISSUE Arrow

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Firearms News App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Firearms News subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now