1 Rep. Young seeks support from Bush for new CARA bill

Posted: Thursday, January 25, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Congressmen Don Young and John Dingell on Monday asked President Bush to support another version of the landmark, bipartisan Conservation and Reinvestment Act, which died in the Senate last year.

In a letter to Bush, Young and Dingell, D-Mich., said the proposed act ''exemplifies the principles you articulated regarding investment in state-based conservation initiatives.''

The Conservation and Reinvestment Act would have dedicated $3 billion annually for 15 years to wildlife programs and the purchase of land for conservation. The money would come from offshore oil lease revenue.

A spokesman for Young, R-Alaska, said the congressman and other House members would soon be reintroducing the version of the Conservation and Reinvestment Act that passed the House in May 2000 but was denied a vote in the Senate.

Young, then chairman of the House Resources Committee, developed the legislation in cooperation with Democrats. Influential Republican Senators said the measure would amount to a land grab by the federal government. They also objected to dedicating such a large sum of money to specific areas of the budget, saying such a practice would reduce Congress' ability to adjust spending as priorities change.

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