National Parks Conservation Association Decries Additional National Park Funding Cuts in Senate Continuing Resolution

 
PRESS RELEASE
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   March 14, 2013
Contact:   Craig Obey, Senior Vice President for Government Affairs, National Parks Conservation Association, cobey@npca.org, 202-669-9689


National Parks Conservation Association Decries Additional National Park Funding Cuts in Senate Continuing Resolution

Statement by: Craig Obey, Senior Vice President for Government Affairs, National Parks Conservation Association

"Sadly, the Senate continuing resolution would cut even more funding from our national parks than the sequester has already cut.  National parks would be better off with the bill passed by the House than the Senate’s alternative.  Under the Senate proposal, national parks from Yellowstone to the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Grand Canyon would be forced to cut an additional one percent when they are already being forced to open later in the spring, close some facilities, reduce resource protection and cut back on services and safety for some visitors.

"Amendments to the Senate CR have been filed by Senators Barrasso and Coburn to restore some of the proposed cuts to operating accounts.  While NPCA supports the restoration of critically needed operating funds for America’s parks, we believe the better alternative is the House-passed CR, which, unlike these amendments, does not offset operations increases with reductions in of Park Service accounts. The Senate bill makes an already bad situation even worse."

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