Campaign Promises

Cabinet/Departments -> Interior -> National Parks


ItemInterior
National ParksGrade
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The Promise: "Will repair the damage done to our national parks by inadequate funding and emphasize the protection and restoration of our National Forests."
When/Where: Obama-Biden Plan: "Promoting a Healthy Environment" dated 10/08/08.
Source: https://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/edg/media/Obama_Cap_and_Trade_0512.pdf
Status:In this promise, the Bush Administration preceding President Obama was blamed for inadequately funding the National Park Service (NPS). The last appropriation under President Bush (FY2009) for the NPS was $2.532B.

On 10/30/09, President Obama signed into law a bill granting $2.7B to the Department of the Interior for the National Park Service, an increase of $198M over FY2009. The NPS received an additional $750M under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. This increase over previous year/administration funding was a step in the right direction, but still left the National Park Service short of about $9.2B to cover projected infrastructure maintenance/repair requirements, an amount estimated to have grown to $12B by end-CY2016.

Here's how NPS funding fared under President Obama:
FY2010....$2.751B
FY2011....$2.637B
FY2012....$2.579B
FY2013....$2.596B
FY2014....$2.562B
FY2015....$2.615B
FY2016....$2.851B
FY2017....$3.101B (Requested)

Given the realities of annual inflation, coupled with the fact that President Obama increased NPS management responsibilities by adding over 20 park/monument sites during his presidency, the commitment to "repair the damage done to our national parks by inadequate funding" was not fulfilled.
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