Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Advocacy Still Needed on Dept. of Interior Funding

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Advocacy Still Needed on Dept. of Interior Funding

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Advocacy Update

Because Congress adjourned for its summer recess without finalizing Fiscal Year 2003 funding for the Department of Interior, there's still time to contact your federal legislators about the need for more resources for the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Urban Park and Recreation Recovery Program.

In July, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed its version of the Interior spending bill. It totaled $19.8 billion, which is $546 million above the current funding level and $717 million above President Bush's request. The House agreed to $154 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund for state assistance, a $10 million increase over current funding. The Urban Park and Recreation Recovery Program was funded at $30 million, the current level. The president's budget request submitted earlier this year proposed no urban park rehabilitation funds.

The House bill includes an amendment by Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y) and Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) that provides an additional $ lO million for the National Endowment for the Arts and $5 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities. The House also voted to terminate 36 oil-drilling leases off the coast of California. …

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