"Lawmakers Eye Finish Line On Outdoor Recreation Package"

"Staff meetings are underway to reconcile a bipartisan House-passed bill with its Senate companion."

"Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin said the chamber could be ready to move on a sweeping outdoor recreation package as soon as next week.

“I’m hoping we should have it ready by next week,” the West Virginia Democrat said in an interview. “Staffs are meeting as we speak to work it out with the House side. … We’ll have it worked out, just trying to make the language a little bit tighter.”

Manchin’s comments come nearly a month after the House passed its outdoor recreation bill, H.R. 6492, the “Expanding Public Lands Outdoor Recreation Experiences, by voice vote.

The Senate companion led by Manchin and Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), dubbed the “America’s Outdoor Recreation Act,” S. 873, advanced out of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee last year."

Garrett Downs reports for E&E News May 9, 2024.


Summary of S 873 (Congress.gov)

Source: E&E News, 05/13/2024