Victory for habitat conservation in Senate Transportation bill!

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The Land and Water Conservation Act helps protect habitat for black bears and many other animals | Christopher Balmer

Thanks to the help of Refuge activists, the Senate approved an amendment for a Transportation bill that will dedicate $700 million for the Land and Water Conservation fund as part of the RESTORE Act. Learn more about the Land and Water Conservation Fund and why it is important to wildlife refuges.

Late last night a Gulf restoration and Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Amendment was filed on the Senate Transportation Bill. Under this Amendment, known as the Nelson (FL)-Shelby-Landrieu Amendment (#1822) for the Senators offering it, LWCF will receive $700 million in mandatory funding in fiscal year 2013 and 2014.

This is big news!  It means the $700 million for conservation would be guaranteed and would not have to be appropriated later.  We are hopeful that $700 million for the whole LWCF program means the Refuge System will receive at least $100-$120 million or more to protect new wildlife refuge habitat. To put it in perspective, the LWCF amount dedicated for wildlife refuges in the current fiscal year is only $54 million. The Amendment would also extend LWCF’s authorization from 2015 through 2022.

Review the list below to see how your Senator voted on this issue. To become a law the bill still must pass muster in the House of Representatives.  Stay tuned for further updates on this exciting development!


  YEAs —76
Akaka (D-HI)
Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH)
Baucus (D-MT)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Blumenthal (D-CT)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Brown (R-MA)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
Coons (D-DE)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Inouye (D-HI)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kerry (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Manchin (D-WV)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Moran (R-KS)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Portman (R-OH)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Shelby (R-AL)
Snowe (R-ME)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Vitter (R-LA)
Warner (D-VA)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wicker (R-MS)
Wyden (D-OR)


NAYs —22

Barrasso (R-WY)
Burr (R-NC)
Coats (R-IN)
Coburn (R-OK)
Corker (R-TN)
DeMint (R-SC)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heller (R-NV)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lee (R-UT)
Lugar (R-IN)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Paul (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Rubio (R-FL)
Toomey (R-PA)


Not Voting – 2

Kirk (R-IL) Thune (R-SD)

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