For Immediate Release: September 28, 2000
Contact: John Carlisle 202/543-4110 x107 or [email protected]


Congressman Helen Chenoweth-Hage Honored With "Friend of American Freedom Award"

"Friend of American Freedom Award" Recognizes Congressman's Vigorous Efforts in Defense of U.S. Sovereignty and Constitutional Liberties

On September 21, the National Center For Public Policy Research and the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) presented their first "Friend of American Freedom Award" to Idaho Congressman Helen Chenoweth-Hage at a ceremony in the Congressman's office. The award honors Congressman Chenoweth-Hage's distinguished record of defending the United States against environmental treaties, United Nations (U.N.) programs and other globalist policies that pose a threat to the nation's sovereignty.

Congressman Chenoweth-Hage of Idaho's 2nd District has been particularly outspoken on issues relating to private property rights and the need to protect the sovereignty of U.S. land, and was a leading co-sponsor of the American Land Sovereignty Protection Act, legislation that would require the executive branch to seek Congressional approval before designating any U.S. landmark as a World Heritage Site. The legislation has been approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and is pending in the U.S. Senate.

A U.N. World Heritage Site is an internationally-protected landmark of historical, cultural or natural significance that the U.S. government pledges the world body it will protect. When the U.S. signed the 1972 World Heritage Treaty, which established U.N. World Heritage Sites, the U.S. legally obligated itself to maintain our national treasures in accordance with standards set by the U.N., not the U.S. There are at least 22 U.S. landmarks officially designated U.N. World Heritage Sites which include Independence Hall, the Statue of Liberty and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. Congressman Chenoweth-Hage is strongly critical of the World Heritage Site program because it establishes an ominous precedent for U.N. regulation of our most hallowed national treasures. And, like most members of Congress, Congressman Chenoweth-Hage is critical of the World Heritage Site program because the executive branch can unilaterally designate a landmark a World Heritage Site without asking for Congressional permission or even consulting with Congress.

"Congressman Chenoweth-Hage has been one the leading champions of U.S. sovereignty and the U.S. Constitution during her six-year tenure in Congress," said John Carlisle, director of the National Center's Environmental Policy Task Force. "The 'Friend of American Freedom Award' represents our profound thanks to the Congressman for her valiant work defending constitutional liberties."

Also at the event, CFACT made public the results of its national "Sovereignty and the Environment" survey in which more than 10,000 citizens expressed their opposition to the U.N.'s "Agenda 21" program, and the implementation of its policies on such issues as global warming, biodiversity, and "overpopulation."

The Environmental Policy Task Force is a project of The National Center For Public Policy Research, a non-partisan, non-profit education foundation. For more information on the "Friend of American Freedom Award," contact John Carlisle at The National Center For Public Policy Research at 202-543-4110 x107 or [email protected].

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