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NFC: Fw: [Updates] Action Alert -- Help Protect Funding for Rivers!
ATTENTION RIVER CONSERVATIONISTS AND OUTDOOR ACTIVISTS! CONGRESS IS
TO SLASH FUNDING FOR MANY PROGRAMS ESSENTIAL TO THE HEALTH OF OUR
RIVERS! PLEASE CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES AND URGE THEM NOT TO PARALYZE
Constrained by spending caps, congressional appropriators have proposed
funding levels for many river conservation and restoration programs that
unacceptably low, rolling some initiatives back to budget levels of ten
twenty years ago. Among the programs facing significant cuts are those
highlighted in the River Budget: National Priorities for Local River
Conservation in FY'00. [For a copy of the River Budget for FY'00, please
visit http://www.amrivers.org/rbudget.html or contact Suzy McDowell at
877-347-7550 or smcdowell at amrivers_org.]
The numbers in the Senate Appropriations bills that have been approved by
floor vote are frightening. For example, the Senate would provide the
Missouri River Mitigation Program with only $5 million and the
Management Program with just $16 million. American Rivers recommended $10
million and $25 million for these programs respectively. To see a
of the budget requests for River Budget programs for FY'00 from American
Rivers, the Clinton Administration, and the Senate, visit
http://www.amrivers.org/rbudget.html or contact Suzy McDowell at
smcdowell at amrivers_org.
We need your help show the members of the House Appropriations Committees
that people across the United States care about river-related programs
the significant benefits they provide us all.
PLEASE CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TODAY AND URGE THEM TO ADEQUATELY FUND
PROGRAMS HIGHLIGHTED IN THE RIVER BUDGET FOR FY'00. PLEASE ALSO CALL THE
CHAIRS AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBERS ON THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS
SUBCOMMITTEES ON AGRICULTURE, ENERGY & WATER DEVELOPMENT, AND INTERIOR.
Subcommittee contact information is listed below.
CALL TODAY! THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEES COULD MARK UP THE
AS EARLY AS JUNE 29.
For contact information for your members of Congress, visit our webpage
http://www.amrivers.org/places.html and click on "Contact Your
Representative." If you have any questions, contact Suzy McDowell or
Hayes at 877-347-7550.
House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture:
Representative Joe Skeen (R-NM), Chair: 202-225-2365, no email
Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Ranking Minority Member:
rep.kaptur at mail_house.gov
House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development:
Representative Ron Packard (R-CA), Chair: 202-225-3906,
rep.packard at mail_house.gov
Representative Peter Visclosky (D-IN), Ranking Minority Member:
202-225-2461, no email
House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior:
Representative Ralph Regula (R-OH), Chair: 202-225-3876, no email
Representative Norman Dicks (D-WA), Ranking Minority Member:
1025 Vermont Ave, NW, #720
Washington, DC 20005
smcdowell at amrivers_org