Sending Office: Honorable Madeleine Z. Bordallo
Original Cosponsors: González-Colón (R-PR), Norton (D-DC), Plaskett (D-USVI), Radewagen (R-AS), Sablan (D-NMI)
Newly Added Cosponsors: Reps. Huffman (D-CA), B. Lee (D-CA), Serrano (D-NY), Soto (D-FL), Velázquez (D-NY)
Please join me as a cosponsor of the bipartisan H.R.4179, LWCF Parity for Territories and DC Act. Any Member of Congress looking
to help Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands rebuild should support our bill.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is supported by royalties paid to the federal government from permitted offshore energy development, at no cost to American taxpayers. Each year, the U.S. Department of the Interior allocates LWCF grants
to all 50 states, the five U.S. territories, and DC.
However, current federal law requires the five territories and DC to split—six ways—the LWCF grant that a single state receives annually. For fiscal year 2017, the U.S. Department of the Interior awarded $94.3 million nationally under the LWCF program.
Of this, the two least-populous states each received more than $823,000 in federal LWCF grants while 4 of the territories received just $75,000. Congress cannot allow this disparity to continue.
H.R.4179 would fix this by guaranteeing a full, state-equivalent share in yearly LWCF grants to each of the five territories and DC. In particular, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands need additional federal LWCF funding to rebuild
their public parks, playgrounds, sports fields, and outdoor recreation facilities destroyed by recent hurricanes.
To cosponsor H.R.4179 or with questions about this noncontroversial, bipartisan bill, please have your staff contact Iain.Hart@mail.house.gov in my office.
Madeleine Z. Bordallo
Member of Congress
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