President Donald Trump signed landmark legislation on Tuesday called the Great American Outdoors Act that will permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund; plus more of today’s top stories in conservative politics.
President Trump signs Landmark Great American Outdoors Act
Despite frequent criticism from conservationists and environmentalists, President Donald Trump has signed the most significant conservation bill in a generation. The Great American Outdoors Act will provide permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), provide repairs to park infrastructure and create an additional 100,000 direct and indirect jobs, officials say.
The Great American Outdoors Act is a bipartisan effort that had 59 cosponsors in the Senate, 42 Democrats, 15 Republicans and two independents. In June, the Senate passed the legislation 73-25, and the House passed it 310-107, Fox reported.
Trump awarding over $35 million to aid human trafficking survivors
The Trump administration will announce that the Justice Department will be awarding Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking of over $35 million to two organizations that provide safe housing for survivors of human trafficking. The grants will be shared by some 73 organizations and 33 states.
The announcement will be made during a White House event attended by Attorney General Bill Barr, presidential adviser Ivanka Trump, and a number of other administration officials, as well as survivors of human trafficking and organizations that serve them, KLTV7 Texas reported.
Tensions flaring as Republicans ramp-up probe of Bidens
As the Republican-led Senate investigation into the Obama administration ramps up, which focuses partly on Hunter Biden, son of presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, tensions are beginning to flare, The Hill reports. To counter the probe, Democrats are beginning to target Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) who is spearheading the effort.
Democrats fear the probe could impact the November elections, so they are beginning to criticize Johnson for focusing on the investigation rather than doing “the people’s business.” In the probe, Johnson has sought out Hunter Biden’s travel records, business associations, as well as contacts between Joe Biden and Ukraine.
Poll: 2 in 3 say US handling pandemic worse than other countries
The latest NPR/Ipsos poll found that nearly 65 percent of those surveyed believe that the United States is handling the coronavirus pandemic worse than other countries, raiding that America is managing the virus either “somewhat worse” or “much worse” than other nations.
Only 25 percent said the US was going “much better” or “somewhat better” than other nations, while 9 percent were undecided. Results varied along party lines, with 85 percent of Democrats saying America was handling the pandemic somewhat or much worse than other countries, compared to 66 percent of independents and 44 percent of Republicans.