Part of what we do at Winter Wildlands Alliance is keep track of legislation in Congress that affects winter, public lands, and winter recreation on public lands. Of course, not every bill introduced into the House or Senate becomes law – it’s usually a long process with several checks and balances and changes – but once legislation is introduced it’s important for the public to weigh in. So, take a look at what’s happening and then contact your representatives in Congress and let them know what you think. Prefer to call? You can reach the Congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121. From there you can ask to be connected to any of your 3 representatives in their DC offices by sharing your zip code.
Bills We Support
S. 47: A bill to provide for the management of the natural resources of the United States, and for other purposes. Otherwise known as the public lands package, this bill is an amalgamation of many of the bills we supported in the last Congress. It includes permanent authorization for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, protects primo backcountry ski terrain near Yellowstone and in Washington’s Methow Headwaters from future mining, and designates the the Mountains to Sound Greenway in Washington. This bill passed through both houses of Congress in February with overwhelming bi-partisan votes and now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law.
H.R. 823/S. 241: Colorado Outdoor Recreation & Economy Act. This bill would protect over 400,000 acres of Wilderness landscapes and recreation opportunities in Colorado. It includes the Continental Divide Wilderness, Recreation and Camp Hale Legacy Act, San Juan Mountain Act, Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Act, and Curecanti National Recreation Area Boundary Establishment Act.
H.R. 763: Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019. This bill would create a Carbon Dividend Trust Fund for the American people in order to encourage market-driven innovation of clean energy technologies and market efficiencies which will reduce harmful pollution and address climate change. This bill would enact a fee on fossil fuels and require that the money collected from the carbon fee be allocated in equal shares every month to the American people to spend as they see fit. Imported goods will pay a border carbon adjustment, and goods exported from the United States will receive a refund under. A version of this bill was also introduced into the Senate last year, and we expect to see it in the Senate again this year.