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President Trump Signs GAOA into Law

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President Donald Trump has signed the Great American Outdoors Act into law at a White House ceremony Tuesday.

The event took place at 10:30 a.m. ET in the East Room.

The GAOA bill was approved by the Senate in a 73-25 vote in June and passed the House by a 310-107 margin on July 23.

Widely supported by the RV Industry Association, Outdoor Recreation Roundtable and dozens of other outdoor- and environmental-focused organizations, the law allocates $900 million for the Land and Water Conservation Fund – nearly double its fiscal 2020 funding – and guarantees full annual funding for the first time since its creation in 1964. The law also establishes the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund to carry out long-deferred maintenance projects on lands administered by the National Park Service, the Forest Service and other branches of the Interior Department.

The Act will be funded by revenues from oil and gas production. The RV Industry Association’s Chris Bornemann calls it “the most important piece of outdoor recreation legislation in six decades.”

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