"Senate Republicans are name-dropping national parks in broader public remarks on the upcoming legislative agenda, fanning hope among supporters of a maintenance backlog bill that floor time might be imminent.
"I'm definitely feeling there is a little bit of an uptick in momentum," Jessica Wahl, executive director of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, said in a recent interview, referring to the "Restore Our Parks Act."
The legislation, H.R. 1225 and S. 500, would create a five-year, $6.5 billion restoration fund to address the growing deferred maintenance backlog in national parks and on other public lands. It has influential Republican and Democratic boosters in both chambers."