Friend of the National Parks Award: Key Votes

 
PRESS RELEASE
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   February 15, 2001
Contact:   Elise Russell, NPCA Legislative Analyst, 202-223-6722 ext. 231


Friend of the National Parks Award: Key Votes

Washington, DC - The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), the nation's leading national park advocacy organization, today recognized 37 senators and 165 representatives with a Friend of the National Parks award for their pro-park voting records in the 106th Congress (1998-2000). NPCA compiled votes for five national park-related bills in the Senate and eight in the House.

The Senate votes selected were:

1. SENATE VOTE 56, S. 544: EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS BILL (Glacier Bay Amendment). Amendment to stop the Department of Interior from spending money to implement the mandated phase out of commercial fishing in parts of Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park. There was a motion to disregard the amendment, but the motion failed 40 yeas-59 nays. A YES VOTE IS THE CORRECT VOTE.

2. SENATE VOTE 175, H.R. 1664: EMERGENCY STEEL LOAN GUARANTEE ACT (Glacier Bay Amendment). Amendment that would have disrupted the implementation of a 1998 congressional compromise to phase out commercial fishing in parts of Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park. The motion to disregard the amendment passed 59 yeas-38 nays. A YES VOTE IS THE CORRECT VOTE.

3. SENATE VOTE 265, H.R. 2466: INTERIOR DEPARTMENT FY2000 APPROPRIATIONS BILL (Mark Twain National Forest Amendment). Amendment that stopped the Secretary of Interior from taking action to prevent exploratory mining in the Mark Twain National Forest of Southern Missouri; mining activity could pollute the Ozark National Scenic Riverways watershed. The amendment was agreed to by a vote of 54 yeas-44 nays. A NO VOTE IS THE CORRECT VOTE.

4. SENATE VOTE 58, S.CON.RES.101: CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET RESOLUTION (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Amendment). Amendment to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by striking the revenue assumption receipts from the FY2001 congressional budget resolution, associated with oil drilling in the refuge. In a 1988 "New Parks Report," NPCA recommended designation of a U.S.-Canadian International Park, with overlaying wilderness, to protect the outstanding natural values of this untouched arctic ecosystem. A motion to disregard the amendment passed 51 yeas-49 nays. A NO VOTE IS THE CORRECT VOTE.

5. SENATE VOTE 208, H.R. 4578: INTERIOR DEPARTMENT FY2001 APPROPRIATIONS BILL (Antiquities Act Amendment). Amendment that would have prohibited funds from the Interior Appropriations bill from being used to establish or expand a national monument after July 17, 2000-thereby undermining the president's authority to declare existing federal lands as national monuments under the Antiquities Act of 1906. The amendment was defeated by a vote of 49 yeas-50 nays. A NO VOTE IS THE CORRECT VOTE.


The House votes selected were:

1. HOUSE VOTE 294, H.R. 2466: INTERIOR DEPARTMENT FY2000 APPROPRIATIONS BILL (Gettysburg Management Plan Amendment). Amendment which would have halted the implementation of an innovative new General Management Plan for Gettysburg National Military Park which provides for a critically needed museum and transportation center, as well as for restoring key parts of the battlefield to its 1863 conditions. The amendment passed the House by a vote of 227 yeas-199 nays. A NO VOTE IS THE CORRECT VOTE.

2. HOUSE VOTE 383, H.R. 2670: APPROPRIATIONS BILL FY2000 FOR COMMERCE, JUSTICE AND STATE (World Heritage Site Amendment). Amendment to prohibit expenditure of funds for any activity in support of any U.S. World Heritage Site on the World Heritage Sites in Danger list. A number of national park units have been designated world heritage sites, a designation that highlights the importance of these parks, but does not contravene U.S. laws governing the management of these units. In 1995, Yellowstone National Park was added to the World Heritage Sites in Danger list and remains on that list today. The amendment passed 217 yeas-209 nays. A NO VOTE IS THE CORRECT VOTE.

3. HOUSE VOTE 164, H.R. 701: CONSERVATION AND REINVESTMENT ACT OF 2000 (Antiquities Act Amendment). Amendment which would have prohibited funds from the Conservation and Reinvestment Act of 2000 from being used for the establishment or management of a national monument designated after 1995 under the Antiquities Act. This amendment served to undermine the president's authority under the Antiquities Act of 1906 to declare existing federal lands as national monuments. The amendment failed 160 yeas-265 nays. A NO VOTE IS THE CORRECT VOTE.

4. HOUSE VOTE 179, H.R. 701: CONSERVATION AND REINVESTMENT ACT OF 2000 (CARA). Legislation to restore permanent funding of Outer Continental Shelf revenues to the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a fund to meet the outdoor conservation and recreation needs of the American people. The bill passed the House 315 yeas-102 nays. The House-passed version of CARA would have provided full funding to the Land and Water Conservation Fund as well as $200 million for federal lands restoration. A YES VOTE IS THE CORRECT VOTE.

5. HOUSE VOTE 281, H.R. 4578: INTERIOR DEPARTMENT FY2001 APPROPRIATIONS BILL (Antiquities Act Amendment). Amendment to exempt activities related to the design, planning, and management of national monuments from any limitations imposed under this Act. This amendment served to protect the president's authority under the Antiquities Act of 1906 to declare existing federal lands as national monuments. The amendment passed 243 yeas-177 nays. A YES VOTE IS THE CORRECT VOTE.

6. HOUSE VOTE 388, S. 1892, (related bill H.R. 3288): VALLES CALDERA PRESERVATION ACT. This bill authorized the acquisition of the Baca Ranch in New Mexico, thereby officially designating the 90,000-acre Valles Caldera National Preserve. This world-class area has outstanding ecological, recreational, and cultural values, and had been sought for public ownership for decades. The bill also authorized a boundary expansion study for the adjacent Bandelier National Monument. Part of Bandelier's watershed lies within the Valles Caldera Preserve. A YES VOTE IS THE CORRECT VOTE.

7. HOUSE VOTE 434, H.R. 2919: NATIONAL UNDERGROUND RAILROAD FREEDOM CENTER ACT. The story of the Underground Railroad is an essential part of American history, but many sites are in poor physical condition and at risk of being lost forever. On July 25, 2000, in a vote of 404 yeas-11 nays, the House authorized a grant program to address the identification and preservation of these historic areas. The bill became law as a provision of the fiscal year 2001 Interior Appropriations Bill. A YES VOTE IS THE CORRECT VOTE.

8. HOUSE VOTE 550, S. 2547: GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE ACT OF 2000. On October 25, 2000, the House voted to expand Great Sand Dunes National Monument to include more areas for public recreation, then in private ownership. The Great Sand Dunes ecosystem, cited as one of the most biologically significant sites in Colorado, contains the tallest dunes in North America. The bill passed by a vote of 366 yeas-34 nays and was signed into law by President Clinton on November 22, 2000. A YES VOTE IS THE CORRECT VOTE.

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