The Senate will be away for the Memorial Day recess as scheduled, but Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has set out a full timeline for lawmakers to return in June.
Before wrapping up the chamber’s business for the week on Thursday, the Kentucky Republican said that next month the Senate will work on the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill and is expected to pass a package of public lands . This measure would permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund and establish a fund for the maintenance of national parks and other public lands.
Bill has many champions on both sides of the aisle. McConnell emphasized the work of the senses. Colorado’s Cory Gardner and Montana’s Steve Daines during floor remarks Thursday. Both are Republican incumbents facing serious re-election challenges in 2020.
“Our mountain towns have been hit hard by COVID-19. The ski season ended early, restaurants closed and hotels emptied. Now is the time to pass this bill that will provide billions of dollars in funding for new jobs across Colorado and the country while protecting our public lands,” Gardner said in a statement. “Now is the time for bold, bipartisan action to create immediate employment opportunities, and the President has already called for this legislation to be sent to his office for his signature.”
The National Park Service maintenance backlog legislation was led by Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Mark Warner, D-Va.