This bill would allow for the establishment and operation of a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to employ U.S. citizens who are otherwise unemployed or underemployed in the construction, maintenance, and carrying on of public works projects. It would authorize $16 billion in appropriations for each fiscal year from 2018 through 2021 to operate the CCC, and the authority to operate the CCC would expire at the end of fiscal year 2021.
The CCC’s work would include the following projects:
- Forestation of federal and state lands;
- Prevention of forest fires, floods, and soil erosion;
- Plant pest and disease control;
- Construction, maintenance, or repair of paths, trails, and fire-lanes in the National Park System, and other public and federal lands; and
- Such work on federal or state land that’s incidental to or necessary in connection to the above tasks.
Existing federal agencies would be used to operate the CCC, and the president would have the authority to let the CCC work cooperatively on private lands to fight forest fires or control floods. The CCC would give preference to unemployed veterans, unemployed citizens who’ve exhausted their unemployment benefits, and unemployed citizens who are eligible for unemployment compensation under state or federal law. At least 80 percent of the funding authorized by this legislation would have to be used to relieve unemployment.