Thank you to the wonderful members of the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation who voted in a historic moment to pass the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) in the United States House of Representatives on July 23, 2020 and in the United States Senate on June 17, 2020.
In a great show of bipartisan support, 14 Pennsylvania Representatives and Senator Bob Casey voted yes. The Evangelical Environmental Network especially wishes to recognize Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA 1st District) as an original House of Representatives Cosponsor and one of the GAOA House Leaders. As a constituent of Representative Lloyd Smucker (R-PA 11th District) and Senator Casey (D-PA), the Rev. Mitchell C. Hescox, EEN’s President/C.E.O. offers a special thank you.
All Pennsylvanians, especially the over 40,000 PA pro-life Christians who have supported our public lands, should be celebrating the accomplishment of our Congress Delegation including:
Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA 1st District)
Brendan Boyle (D-PA 2nd District)
Dwight Evans (D-PA 3rd District)
Madeleine Dean (D-PA 4th District)
Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA 5th District)
Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA 6th District)
Susan Wild (D-PA 7th District)
Matt Cartwright (D-(PA 8th District)
Dan Meuser (R-PA 9th District)
Lloyd Smucker (R-PA 11th District)
Glenn Thompson Jr. (R-PA 15th District)
Mike Kelly (R-PA 16th District)
Conor Lamb (D-PA 17th District)
Mike Doyle (D-PA 18th District)
Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)
As we face new COVID-19 surges and continue confronting our national sin of racism—coming together for reconciliation and healing is more important than ever. Passage of the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) helps bring us together. For many, the best place to seek freedom, healing, and peace is amid God’s creation. GAOA restores the majestic wonder of our national parks and public lands, provides much needed financial resources to be better stewards of our natural resources, and creates critical jobs during this economically uncertain time. With GAOA, we also see the benefits of bipartisan action at its best.
Protecting God’s creation and ensuring a healthy environment and stable climate for our children to thrive in should not be a partisan issue. With GAOA, we see what can happen when democracy works.
The work co-laboring for Jesus’s promise of life abundant for all people and all creation, however, is not done. We urge our leaders to continue in the same spirit of bipartisanship shown with GAOA to champion bipartisan solutions to protect those most vulnerable – including our children – from our nation’s urgent climate and environmental health threats and bring stable high-paying clean jobs to our communities.