Burchett: Great American Outdoors Act strengthens Great Smoky Mountains National Park, other natural treasures for years to come

July 22, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC (July 22, 2020) – Today, U.S. Representative Tim Burchett (TN-02) voted in favor of the Great American Outdoors Act. This legislation, spearheaded by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), focuses on preserving federal lands including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

"The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a key part of our local economy in East Tennessee, attracting tourists from across the nation – and world – to visit our region,” said Rep. Burchett. “In recent years, we’ve fallen behind on many projects in the Smokies, and this bill addresses that. The Great American Outdoors Act will help Americans experience the full wonders the Smokies and other national parks have to offer and will strengthen them for years to come."

The Great American Outdoors Act establishes a fund intended to work on long overdue maintenance in the national parks systems. It also permanently funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The measure has passed both the House of Representatives and Senate, and now heads to President Donald Trump to sign into law.