|Date: ||Wed, 30 Aug 2000 08:03:00 -0500|
|Reply-To: ||EJ Williams <EJ_Williams@MAIL.DNR.STATE.GA.US>|
|Sender: ||Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>|
|From: ||EJ Williams <EJ_Williams@MAIL.DNR.STATE.GA.US>|
|Subject: ||CARA Template Letter|
|Content-Type: ||text/plain; charset=US-ASCII|
TEMPLATE LETTER: PLEASE PLACE ON YOUR LETTERHEAD AND MAIL
Senator Max Cleland
461 Senate Dirksen Office Building
Washington DC 20510
Senator Zell Miller
818A Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-1006
Dear Senator Cleland/Miller:
House bill 701 (H.R. 701), the Conservation & Reinvestment Act of 1999 (CARA) passed a major milestone on July 25 when the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 13-7 to report this historic conservation legislation to the full Senate for consideration. This landmark legislation was passed in the House on Thursday, May 11 with a vote of 315-102, and would provide the largest infusion of federal conservation funds in history, $40 billion over the next 15 years, most of which will go to various states and local conservation programs. We know the Senate has many things to accomplish before the October 6 adjournment. We are asking you to put CARA at the top of the list! This year is the best chance this legislation has of ever passing. We need your help.
The Conservation & Reinvestment Act (H.R. 701/S.2123) reinvests a portion of the revenues from Federal Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas development into several different programs. This legislation is predicted to bring more than $40 million to Georgia alone for various programs, including dedicated funding for wildlife conservation, historic preservation, coastal impact assistance, land acquisition, and urban park development. This legislation would greatly expand our efforts in protecting nongame wildlife species and in providing educational and recreational opportunities for our state's citizens.
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The strong bipartisan support and ultimate landslide vote in the House certainly makes it clear this legislation is effective and beneficial not just to Georgia citizens, but to the entire country. As you know, there are not many days left in the Congressional session this year. Although I understand the Senate has many issues to address in a short time frame, let me assure you that the passage of the Conservation & Reinvestment Act is one of the most important and historic things the Senate can do this year.
The House spent countless days refining this bill and debating it on the floor. Now the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has also spent over 14 hours debating and developing the bill to be presented to the Floor. I hope you and the remaining Senators will take advantage of this hard work and get this bill to the floor for a vote as soon as possible.
Thank you for your continued support. The chances of this bill passing during this session are far greater than if we have to start the process over next year. I ask that you help CARA get signed into law this year.