In his weekly radio address, U.S. President Barack Obama urges Congress to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Barack Obama on Saturday (October 24) urged Congress to reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The money in the fund came from fees paid by companies drilling offshore for oil and gas, and was supposed to be used to acquire land and water resources for parks and environmental protection. The fund has been used for purposes such as helping to maintain Yellowstone National Park, as well as building local parks. The bill authorizing the fund expired this year and was not renewed despite strong bipartisan support. Obama blamed Republicans for that, and called on Congress to reauthorize the fund. "For more than half a century, this fund has protected more than 5 million acres of land - from playgrounds to parks to priceless landscapes - all without costing taxpayers a dime. Nearly every single county in America has benefited from this program. It has bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate. Republicans in Congress should reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund without delay," Obama said in his weekly address. He said reauthorizing the fund is an important part of U.S. efforts to protect the environment, which he said we need to leave to the next generation in better shape that we found it.