Monday, January 30th, 2023
Monday, January 30th, 2023

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Senate leaders speak for CARA

Washington, D.C. Senate leaders sent a letter to Speaker of the
House Dennis Hastert on Tuesday saying they intend to give the
Conservation and Reinvestment Act full consideration on the Senate
Floor.

“This is the green light we’ve been waiting for,” says Naomi
Edelson of the International Association of Fish and Wildlife
Agencies.

The letter, signed by Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and
Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), as well as senators Jeff
Bingaman and Frank Murkowski, concludes: “Now that House and Senate
negotiators have reached bipartisan agreement on a single CARA
bill, it is our hope that we can enact it as soon as possible.”
CARA directs revenues from offshore oil leases to a host of
conservation programs, including wildlife management and public
land acquisition. It has broad support among conservation and
recreation groups, most state governors, and others. Minnesota
could gain $35 million annually in new federal funding through the
bill.

Early in the week, CARA supporters feared that a funding
proposal raised in the Interior Appropriations Conference Committee
would usurp CARA, especially when it was reported to have support
from the Clinton Administration and the animal welfare group
Defenders of Wildlife.

However, the coalition of organizations supporting CARA quickly
rallied and said they would continue to work toward passage of the
act. The Senate letter is an indication that their efforts
succeeded in keeping CARA moving forward.

Not much time is left in the 106th Congress. Jim Mosher, of the
Izaak Walton League of America, says it now appears the session
will end around Oct. 20.

Other conservation legislation being considered includes an
Everglades restoration package that would provide federal funding
for a 50-50 match with state money to correct environmental damage
in the south Florida waterway. Increased funding for U.S. Forest
Service fish and wildlife programs is likely. Research into
whirling disease, which has destroyed trout populations in some
parts of the country, will continue to be funded.

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