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me to a career in government affairs.
I look forward to telling the
stories of people who have helped
me build that passion - park and
recreation professionals precisely
like you. I relish the opportunity
to support your critical work and
advocate for parks and recreation
on Capitol Hill.
Growing Influence
Expanding the public policy and
advocacy department will allow
NRPA to better engage with Congress
and further our legislative
priorities. One of our top priorities
in the 118th Congress is the passage
of the Outdoors for All Act
(S. 448/H.R. 1065). This critical
piece of legislation is being led
in the House of Representatives
by Rep. Nanette Díaz Barragán
(D-CA-44) and Rep. Mike Turner
(R-OH-10); in the Senate, Senator
Alex Padilla (D-CA) and Senator
Susan Collins (R-ME) lead it.
The Outdoors for All Act (tinyurl.
com/ucj4x6au) would codify the
Outdoor Recreation Legacy Program
(ORLP). Established by
Congress in 2014, ORLP aims to
support the development of new
outdoor recreation spaces across
the United States.
This landmark program already
has supported successful programs
in 50 communities nationwide.
However, the ORLP is not a permanent
program. The Outdoors
for All Act seeks to remedy this
and provide the program with
funding well into the future. The
bill also reformulates the existing
ORLP program to allow more
communities, particularly smaller
and rural communities, to apply
for the program. At NRPA, we believe
that all should have access to
recreation space nationwide, and it
Expanding the public policy and
advocacy department will allow NRPA
to better engage with Congress and
further our legislative priorities.
is crucial that the Outdoors for All
Act pass in the 118th Congress.
Prioritizing Parks
and Recreation
The Outdoors for All Act is far from
our only priority in this Congress.
NRPA government affairs staff
are hard at work engaging with
lawmakers and stakeholders on
various issues relevant to park and
recreation professionals and their
communities. This includes work
on the Land and Water Conservation
Fund state assistance program
to ensure it receives the funding
needed to support our communities.
We are working on increasing
funding for the Clean Water State
Revolving Fund to support green
infrastructure projects happening
in local parks nationwide. NRPA
also supports youth mentoring and
child nutrition programs that our
The Outdoors for All Act is far
from our only priority in this
Congress. NRPA government
affairs staff are hard at work
engaging with lawmakers and
stakeholders on various issues
relevant to park and recreation
professionals and their
communities.
agencies rely on. While these are
just some of the policy issues we're
tackling at NRPA, they provide a
good snapshot of our work. We
proudly serve as the voice of park
and recreation professionals on
Capitol Hill.
Christian Miller is Government Affairs
Manager at NRPA (cmiller@nrpa.org).
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