President Trump's fiscal 2020 budget recommends essentially zeroing out the beloved Land and Water Conservation Fund — a program that he will permanently reauthorize today in a much-anticipated White House signing ceremony for the broad public lands package.
The budget request would provide roughly $8 million in new funding to the federal portion of LWCF, but it also recommends a $31 million rescission from already appropriated funds.
That translates into a proposed clawback of about $23.45 million, which ultimately means a less-than-zero administration proposal for the 54-year-old land and water conservation program in fiscal 2020.
The omnibus spending bill that Trump signed into law last month gave LWCF $435 million for fiscal 2019.
Kellie Lunney, E&E News reporterPublished: Tuesday, March 12, 2019