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The House version of the Interior Appropriations Bill (HR 2217) includes
a 4 year extension of the Recreational Fee Demonstration Program (Fee
Demo) as requested by President Bush in his Fiscal Year 2002 Budget
Proposal. The Senate version of the bill contains no extension.
Therefore, the House and the Senate must have a conference committee to
rectify the differences between each bill version, and decide which
version of the bill will be sent to the President to sign. These
committees will probably meet shortly after Labor Day after the August
recess of Congress.

If opponents of Fee Demo are not heard, the extension will likely pass
the conference committee. A four year extension would make the
demonstration last 11 years and effectively make the program permanent
and thereby much harder to remove at the end of the "demonstration."


Please write to Senator Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia), the Interior
Appropriations Committee chair and and Senator Conrad Burns (R-Montana),
the minority leader of the same committee.

Please also write to one of the Senators listed below on the Interior
Appropriations conference committee, if you live in his or her state.

Ted Stevens (R-Alaska)
Dianne Feinstein (D-California)
Ben Knighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado)
Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii)
Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi)
Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota)
Judd Gregg (R-New Hampshire)
Pete Domenici (R-New Mexico)
Ernest Hollings (D-South Carolina)
Robert Bennett (R-Utah)
Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont)
Patty Murray (D-Washington)

Brief handwritten letters have the biggest impact on legislators. You
need not write more than a line or two. Be sure to ask that Fee Demo
not be extended at all, and to also ask that the committee increase
appropriations for public lands agencies. It is also good to include
your personal feelings on the issue.

Address all letters to:

US Senate,
Washington, D.C. 20510

Please try to mail your letters no later than September 4, the Tuesday
after Labor Day weekend,
although it's never too late to write to the members of this committee.

Please make sure your name and address are clearly legible.


Elizabeth Rosengren,
Free Our Forests,
Ojai, California
[email protected] http://www.freeourforests.org
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