President Donald Trump’s busy Tuesday included signing a new order to preserve America’s national parks.
A press release published by the White House on Tuesday indicated that Trump had signed into law the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), which the White House said marks “the single largest investment in America’s national parks and public lands in history.”
“We’re preserving our land,” Trump reportedly said of the legislation. “We’re making our land better and cleaner and safer.”
The White House said the bill is “the most significant conservation accomplishment since the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt.”
The Hill reported Tuesday that the bill was passed on a bipartisan basis in what was a reversal for Trump. The president first announced his change of heart in March, thanks in part to the efforts of Republican Sen. Cory Gardner (CO), The Hill noted.
“We spoke for probably over an hour or so in this meeting with the president about what the two components meant, how they worked, how they were funded,” Gardner said in June, according to The Hill.
He went on: “And then I showed him a picture of the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park and I think [Montana Republican Sen.] Steve [Daines] showed a picture as well and he looked at the park and said ‘it’s beautiful.'”
According to the White House, the measure “renews our national parks and protects local lands, while also serving as a jobs and infrastructure package that will create over 100,000 additional infrastructure-related jobs.” The legislation will also “provide $900 million a year in permanent funding to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), and will allocate $9.5 billion over 5 years to restore facilities and infrastructure in our national parks and public lands,” the White House said in its release.
A big win
According to Fox News, Sen. Daines said after the bill was signed that it was “a big win for conservation.”
“It’s a big win for jobs. It’s a big win for our Montana way of life. It’s a big win for bipartisanship,” Daines added. “And, perhaps it’s only fitting it took public lands to bring a divided government together.”
Of course, there were still a few dissenters, including Utah Sen. Mike Lee (R), who said his state would be “disproportionately harmed” by the measure, according to Fox.
But by and large, this is a win for President Trump — and as November’s election draws closer, he can use all the victories he can get.