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Lamar Alexander announces $6 Million for 50-75 Miles of Mountain Bike Trails in Cocke County

 

U.S. SenateHartford, TN – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said a $6 million federal grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to construct 50-75 miles of mountain bike trails in Cocke County will help encourage more people that visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to come through Cocke County.

“This is a huge investment from ARC. Cocke County is one of the most economically distressed counties in Tennessee and this investment will help increase the tourism industry in Cocke County by bringing more of the 12 million visitors who come to Smokies each year and the 3 million visitors who come to the Cherokee National Forest each year to the area,” Senator Alexander said.

Senator Lamar Alexander joined Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Cocke County Mayor Crystal Ottinger, Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Federal Co-chair Tim Thomas, Tennessee Department of Tourism Development Commissioner Mark Ezell, and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe in Cocke County for today’s announcement by the ARC.

Senator Lamar Alexander joined Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Cocke County Mayor Crystal Ottinger, Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Federal Co-chair Tim Thomas, Tennessee Department of Tourism Development Commissioner Mark Ezell, and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe in Cocke County for today’s announcement by the ARC.

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Lamar Alexander says Most Important Conservation Law in a Half Century Would Not Have Happened Without President Donald Trump

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today joined President Donald Trump at the White House for the signing of the Great American Outdoors Act – bipartisan legislation Alexander sponsored that passed the Senate on June 17th, 2020 by a 73-25 vote and the House of Representatives on July 22nd, 2020 by a 310-107 vote.

The new law gives the biggest funding boost to the United States’ 419 national parks in half a century. The legislation incudes the “Restore Our Parks Act” that Alexander first introduced in 2018 and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which President Ronald Reagan’s Commission on Americans Outdoors recommended in 1985 when Alexander was its chairman.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander says Most Important Conservation Legislation in Half a Century Heads to President’s Desk

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Great American Outdoors Act by an overwhelming 310-107 bipartisan vote. The Senate passed the legislation 73-25 on June 17th, 2020 and the bill now heads to the president’s desk to be signed into law.

The legislation includes the “Restore Our Parks Act” that Alexander first introduced in 2018 and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which President Reagan’s ’s Commission on Americans Outdoors recommended in 1985 when Alexander was its chairman.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander says Over 800 Conservation Groups Support Legislation to Cut the National Parks Maintenance Backlog in Half

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – The U.S. Senate last week passed the Great American Outdoors Act — the most important conservation legislation in half a century — by an overwhelming 73-25 bipartisan vote.

The legislation includes Lamar Alexander’s bill to restore the country’s 419 national parks and cut in half the national parks’ $12 billion deferred maintenance backlog. The bill also fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) permanently, a goal of Congress since 1964.

This bipartisan solution to restore America’s national parks gained the support of more than 800 conservation groups, including:

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander: Passing the most important Conservation Legislation for our National Parks in Half a Century

 

U.S. SenateWashington D.C. – England has its history. Italy has its art. Egypt has its pyramids. But, the United States of America has the great American outdoors. This week, the U.S. Senate passed legislation that will be the biggest help to our national parks, including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in half a century.

The U.S. Department of Energy awarded $20 million to the new Oak Ridge Institute at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville to expand the university’s partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to train the next generation of American scientists and engineers.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander says U.S. Senate Passes Most Important Conservation Legislation in a Half Century

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) has released the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act by an overwhelming 73-25 bipartisan vote.

The legislation includes Alexander’s bill to restore the country’s 419 national parks and cut in half the national parks’ $12 billion deferred maintenance backlog, which the senator said will be “the biggest boost to our national parks in 50 years.” It also fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) permanently, a goal of Congress since 1964.   

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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U.S. Senate considering legislation to cut in half the $224 million maintenance backlog at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Last week, the United States Senate is considering the most important conservation legislation that we’ve had in half a century, the Great American Outdoors Act.

The legislation has the strong support of President Donald Trump, the last six Secretaries of the Interior, over 800 sportsmen and conservation groups, and 60 senators — Democrats and Republicans — who are working together in a remarkable way. It will do more for our public lands than any piece of legislation we have passed in at least 50 years.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander says U.S. Senate is Considering the Most Important Conservation Legislation in 50 Years

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said legislation the Senate is considering this week – the Great American Outdoors Act –  is the biggest boost to our national parks in 50 years.

The legislation fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) permanently, a goal of Congress since it was first passed in 1964, and includes Alexander’s bill to restore our country’s national parks and cut in half our parks’ $12 billion deferred maintenance backlog.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander: Remembering the legendary University of Tennessee player and coach, Johnny Majors

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – It’s important to remind ourselves of the difficulty we have as a country in dealing with racial discrimination. We’ve made so much progress over the years, but obviously we have a long way to go.

I think of my friend, South Carolina U.S. Senator Tim Scott, who is African American and who told me that he was stopped by police several times even when he was on the Charleston County Council for “being a black man in the wrong place.” We must redouble our efforts to change such attitudes and end racial discrimination.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander: Tennessee University Presidents are working overtime to go back to school in August, go back safely

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced additional federal funding this week for Tennessee. More than $7 million is now headed to 143 rural health clinics across Tennessee to help expand access to COVID-19 Coronavirus testing in rural communities. 

Those in East Tennessee who were affected by the tornadoes on April 12th-13th: The deadline to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster assistance is June 23rd. To apply for assistance, you can click here or do so by phone: 1.800.621.3362 or TTY 800.462.7585.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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