H.R. 2578, the Conservation and Economic Growth Act
Summary: The bill would incorporate 14 bills approved by the House Committee on Natural Resources. The bipartisan package would remove federal red tape to responsible, local economic development and job growth. In addition, the bill would encourage tourism and recreation, promote responsible use of our public lands and resources, protect the environment, secure federal lands along the U.S. border, and would promote the development of clean, renewable hydropower.
Rep. Farenthold Votes: YES
Passed the House by a vote of 307-102
Cost: According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), implementing the bill would cost $77 million over the 2013-2017 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts. In addition, CBO estimates that enacting the bill would reduce direct spending by $4 million over the 2013-2022 period.