Hundreds of groups call for action on outdoor package

By Garrett Downs | 06/18/2024 06:43 AM EDT

The Senate’s lead sponsor said debate could happen after the August recess but warned time is running out.

Sen. Joe Manchin (I-W.Va.).

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin (I-W.Va.) said an outdoor recreation package remains a priority for the year. Francis Chung/POLITICO

Hundreds of advocacy groups and outdoor businesses are calling on the Senate to pass a sweeping outdoor recreation package this month. The bill’s lead senator said September may be more likely.

The “Expanding Public Lands Outdoor Recreation Experiences (EXPLORE) Act,” H.R. 6492, passed the House by voice vote earlier this year.

But the legislation remains stalled in the Senate, where staff are working to reconcile the package with its companion, the “America’s Outdoor Recreation Act,” S.873.


“We have waited decades for some of these provisions to become law and without this important legislation, antiquated policies remain a risk to our industry and those seeking to experience the outdoors,” the groups said in a letter to senators Monday.