HR 6147 Prioritizing Government Land Maintenance instead of Land Acquisition (Roll Call 341)
The Biggs (R-AZ, ACUF Lifetime 92.3%) amendment to a multi-agency appropriations bill transfers funds from the Bureau of Land Management land acquisition account to the National Park Service maintenance backlog account. The federal government owns roughly 28 percent of all the lands in the United States and the National Park Service's deferred maintenance backlog currently tops $12 billion. ACU believes it is absurd for the federal government to continue to acquire land when it can't manage the enormous land holdings already under its control and supported this amendment. The House defeated the amendment on July 18, 2018 by a vote of 172-237.