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ADVOCACY
Park and recreation
priorities are
extremely bipartisan
in nature.
A New Chapter for Congress in 2023
By Mae Stevens
I
n contrast to the past two years, the 118th Congress is operating under a divided
government, with Democrats in charge of the executive branch and the
Senate, and Republicans in charge of the House of Representatives. These
split-power conditions mean President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats
will have a much more difficult time passing the bigger, bolder parts of their
agenda, and will need to compromise with House Republicans to pass legislation.
With slim margins in both chambers,
a key variable is whether the
parties' left and right flanks will cooperate
with the moderates in their
own and the opposing party, allowing
leaders to propose legislation that
can garner enough votes to become
law. On the contrary, they may work
to pass policies more closely aligned
with their ideals, preferring nothing
to what they would consider half
a loaf. How these factors play out
could be make-or-break scenarios for
real progress on many important issues
to park and recreation leaders.
Regardless of the amount of bi20
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partisan momentum, Congress and
the Biden administration will need
to take on the following priorities.
Funding the Government
Congress aims to pass annual spending
bills in advance of the start of
each fiscal year on October 1. This
rarely gets accomplished on time, and
a continuing resolution is typically
employed to keep the money flowing
for a few months until a compromise
can be made. Congressional leaders
will aim to pass fiscal year 2024 and
fiscal year 2025 appropriations bills
during the 118th Congress.
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The annual spending bill is a key
measure for parks and recreation
because it determines the amount
of funding allocated to Land and
Water Conservation Fund subprograms,
like the Outdoor Recreation
Legacy Partnership Program,
green infrastructure programs, and
health and wellness-related programs.
The past two years of spending bills
also have contained community project
funding measures, also known as
earmarks, which are provisions sending
money directly to projects in a
given state or congressional district as
requested by a member, rather than
passing through the traditional federal
agency process. This longstanding
funding mechanism was nixed by
Republicans in 2010, and it remains
to be seen whether it will continue to
be a part of the appropriations process
in the 118th Congress.

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