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NAT’L PARK SERVICE BACKS OFF FEE INCREASE PLAN: LOVE APPLAUDS

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Republican congressional candidate Mia Love addresses a rally during the Western Republican Leadership Conference, Friday, April 25, 2014, in Sandy, Utah. Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas, is scheduled to headline the final day of a two-day conference in Utah where Republican party leaders from western states are meeting. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

WASHINGTON D.C — Today, the National Park Service (NPS) announced plans to slightly increase entrance fees, backing off initial plans to more than double fees at key parks throughout the West. The decision comes in response to thousands of public comments and at the urging of several Western leaders.

Congresswoman Love joined forces with Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) in October to oppose the drastic fees initially proposed, explaining how such increases would make parks unaffordable and harm local economies. Rep. Love’s office also spoke with NPS representatives about alternative solutions and suggested a more measured approach.

“Our parks are treasured by Utahns, and I’m committed to getting them the resources they need,” Rep. Love said. “But I believe we can do so without erecting barriers for many Utahns and harming local economies. I am pleased that the National Park Service listened to my colleague and I, as well as thousands of our constituents, in choosing to alter initial plans to drastically increase fees.”

Rep. Love is a cosponsor of the bipartisan National Park Service Legacy Act of 2017 (H.R. 2584), which would allocate existing revenues from oil, gas, and mineral operations to the national park maintenance backlog.

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