Oklahoma U.S. Sen. James Lankford isn’t giving up on forcing the U.S. government to take care of the more than 600 million acres of land it owns in this country. It’s his vow after his amendment to allocate money for maintenance of the land failed in the Senate.
“The federal government is a terrible landlord,” said the Senator in a recent interview with Ron Hays of the Oklahoma Farm Report. ‘You’ve got federal ownership and federal control of land but not federal maintenance and care for that land.”
His amendment was to the Land and Water Conservation Fund bill and would have required certain money be spent on maintenance. Lankford says there’s a current $18 billion maintenance backlog of existing federal lands.
Listen to part of the Ron Hays interview with Sen. Lankford.