Conservation bill clears one Senate hurdle, but more remain

An outdoor bill championed by Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., cleared a procedural hurdle Monday even as opponents in his own party say they have not yet decided if they can support the measure. 

The Senate voted 80-17 to proceed to the expected legislative vehicle for the bill that would fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund as well as address the National Park Service’s maintenance backlog.

The bill has broad bipartisan support. Democrats are among 58 cosponsors and a House companion measure is sponsored by Democrats. Still, a number of Republicans, especially from oil states, are pushing back over revenue

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