- Ensure access to public lands
- Preserve and protect public lands for future generations to enjoy
- Ensure our state has an adequate supply of water
As a father of three and an avid outdoorsman, I support common sense measures that work to preserve and restore public lands for generations to come. For decades, visitation has increased in many parks while facilities have aged. This has led to unsafe roadways and trails, worn-out campgrounds, and disintegrated monuments. Improvements are needed to preserve our nation's history and protect our local economies as visitors to national parks contribute millions of dollars to the local and national economy and support over 300.000 jobs nationwide.
It is for these reasons that I cosponsored the Restore our Parks and Public Lands Act, a bipartisan bill that boosts funding for national parks and public lands, using money from energy production on federal lands and offshore. With a $12 billion National Park Service maintenance backlog, this bill is sound policy that is funded by ongoing energy production that benefits the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Indian Education schools. I also cosponsored that Preserving America’s Battlefields Act that would authorize funds, through 2028, for the Battlefield Acquisition Grant Program in order to preserve and protect nationally significant battlefields of the American Revolution and the War of 1812, in addition to the Civil War.
Among American’s other natural resources are critical minerals. America’s future economic prosperity and national security are directly affected by our robust cultivation of our critical and strategic minerals, so that we do not rely on Chinese and Russian mineral exports. That is why I am a cosponsor of the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act to help our country improve our energy infrastructure, build up our military, and meet the demands of our expanding economy under President Trump.
Finally, we need to ensure California, along with other states in the West, are better prepared for future droughts. Along with investments in water infrastructure, we need to expand storage capacity and ensure that future actions are based on sound science.
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