Bishop: ‘No’ on Conservation Fund

Rep. Rob Bishop maintains his opposition to a permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, saying he wants to negotiate changes to the formula that determines how funds are distrubuted.

Reports Morning Consult:

On Wednesday, Bishop said he would be happy to negotiate changes to the conservation fund, including the formula that determines how funds are distributed. But he said permanent reauthorization is still off the table.

 

“Permanent reauthorization? No. If they want to actually change the formula I can deal with that,” he said. “I mean, we can talk about it.”

 

The House amendment includes a California drought bill by Rep. David Valadao (R-Calif.), which the White House threatened to veto, and a forest management bill by Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.), which the White House has criticized.

 

Bishop told Morning Consult those topics have to be covered, but he didn’t say those controversial bills are the solution. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced a drought bill in February that has drawn less opposition from environmentalists, but it wasn’t included in the Senate energy bill.

 

“Drought provisions have got to be part of the solution,” Bishop said. “You’re not going to get an energy bill without solving the California water issue.”