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Activities of the Conservative Movement in Washington
Activities at the September 15 Environmental Policy Task Force Meeting chaired by David Ridenour of The National Center for Public Policy Research.
Why Did the House Put 17 Appropriations Restrictions on the EPA?
John Shanahan of The Heritage Foundation distributed Heritage
Foundation Issue Bulletin #213, which explains the purpose of
the 17 restrictions on the Environmental Protection Agency that
were approved by the House. Contact The Heritage Foundation at
Congress May Create Yet Another Expensive National Program, This Time for So-Called "Heritage Areas"
Bruce Grefrath of the American Land Rights Association and
Myron Ebell reviewed proposals in H.R. 1280 and S. 1110 to create
national "Heritage Areas" around the U.S. and designate
up to $10 million for them. Heritage Area legislation is popular,
said Grefrath, because some Congressmen see them as an opportunity
to get federal money for their districts. What they don't realize,
he said, is that if local planners are given federal money to
control local land, local property owners will be massively outgunned
if they ever disagree with local planning boards. Grefrath said
most backers of Heritage Areas are Republicans. Myron Ebell reviewed
four reforms that, if included in the legislation, could reduce
the possibility for abuses. Contact the American Land Rights Association
Lawmakers Line Up With Endangered Species Act Proposals; Poll of Americans on ESA Reform Released
Denise Finley of the office of Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ), Jim
Streeter of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and David Ridenour
of The National Center for Public Policy Research reviewed various
Endangered Species Act Reform bills, including those by Rep. John
Shadegg (R-AZ); by Rep. Don Young (R-AK) and Rep. Richard Pombo
(R-CA); by Rep. Wayne Gilcrest (R-MD); by Senator Slade Gorton
(R-WA); by Senator Dirk Kempthorne (R-ID). Streeter suggested
that Senator Phil Gramm should sponsor a companion bill to Shadegg's
in the Senate: "First there is the inherent brilliance of
the bill itself; then there is the fact that this would link Senator
Gramm to an active and vigorous group of property rights advocates."
Streeter also distributed press releases: one reviews a recent
poll asking Americans about Endangered Species Act reform; the
other offers both "kudos and criticism" of the Young/Pombo
ESA reform bill. Ridenour distributed an article he wrote on ESA
reform for the Wall Street Journal. Contact Rep. Shadegg's office
at 202/225-3361, Competitive Enterprise Institute at 202/331-1010,
The National Center at 202/543-4110.
Pros and Cons of Stalled Regulatory Reform Bill Reviewed
David Ridenour of The National Center for Public Policy Research
discussed pros and cons of S. 343, the regulatory reform bill
stalled in the Senate. He reported that the National Association
of Manufacturers and the Alliance for Reasonable Regulations still
like the bill, which has been repeatedly watered-down, but The
National Center, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and the
Cato Institute agree with The Heritage Foundation's assessment
that passage would actually be "a setback for regulatory
reform." Contact The National Center at 202/543-4110.
Does the Federal Sugar Program (and Other Agriculture Programs) Harm the Environment?
Amy Moritz of The National Center for Public Policy Research
reviewed information citing environmental damage to the Everglades
caused indirectly by the federal sugar program. In response, Brian
Seascholes of the Competitive Enterprise Institute distributed
information about a CEI study showing that federal agriculture
subsidies increase the per-acre use of pesticides and chemical
fertilizers. Contact The National Center at 202/543-4110 or Competitive
Enterprise Institute at 202/331-1010.
Council of Economic Advisors Recommends "Third Way" Economic Policy
Craig Rucker of the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow reviewed
a 1994 book, Whither Socialism? by Joseph Stiglitz, the new chairman
of the President's Council of Economic Advisors. The book, he
said, advocates a "third way" economic policy. Contact
the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow at 202/429-2737.
New Publications Distributed on Superfund, Turtles, Tobacco, Mother Earth and More
David Ridenour of The National Center for Public Policy Research
distributed new "Talking Points" and "Posthaste
Facts" cards on environmental and regulatory issues just
published by The National Center. They include: "Cleaning
Up the Superfund Mess: Five Steps to Recovery," "International
Treaty Hammers U.S. Sovereignty, Jobs," "Common Myths
About Mother Earth," "Five Reasons Why the President's
Tobacco Regulations Are Anti-Child, Anti-Family," "California's
Latest Disaster: Environmentalists," "The Army Corps
of Engineers' Un-American Activities," "Armed State
Employees Raid Turtle Sanctuary." Contact The National Center
If Your Family Needs A Mini-Van, You'd Better Buy It Soon
Anna McCollister of the Coalition for Vehicle Choice, Bob Adams
of The National Center for Public Policy Research and John Berlau
of Consumer Alert discussed 1) Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)'s H.R. 2200,
which would freeze federal fuel economy (CAFE) standards; and
2) House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-TX)'s amendment to the Department
of Transportation appropriations bill to freeze DOT funds for
CAFE rulemaking. McCollister explained how CAFE standards effectively
killed sales of family station wagons and how they now threaten
family mini-vans. Information was distributed. Contact the Coalition
for Vehicle Choice at 202/628-5164, The National Center at 202/543-4110,
the Consumer Alert at 202/467-5809.
Bulletin Board: Publications, press releases, statements and plans of the conservative community.
London Telegraph Compares Foster Phone Logs to Nixon Tapes
"Fight Over Phone Log Rings Alarm Bell for Clinton,"
an article by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, appears in the September
25 (electronic) issue of the London Telegraph. The article begins:
"The White House has refused point blank to provide Congress
with senstitive telephone logs related to the death of Vincent
Foster... So far, the White House has got away with defiance.
But these "Foster Logs" could soon take on the significance
of the Nixon Tapes..."
Association Holds "Summit" on Repealing the Estate Tax
The 60 Plus Association will sponsor a "Estate Tax Repeal
Summit" September 27 at 2200 Rayburn HOB from 8:30 AM-noon.
Speakers include Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ), Rep. Chris Cox (R-CA),
Rep. Pete Geran (D-TX) and Rep. Bob Livingston (R-LA). Contact
Hank Hough at 703/807-2070.
Information Available on Rep. Lamar Smith's Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) has assembled fact sheets on his comprehensive
immigration reform bill, the "Immigration in the National
Interest Act of 1995." Contact Rep. Smith's office at 202/225-4236.