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E-M:/ Thank you Michigan for helping to defeat riders!

Enviro-Mich message from "Liz Godfrey" <lizgodfrey@prodigy.net>

“Twas the week before Christmas and all through the House,
	appropriators were working but beginning to grouse...”

Actual statement on the House floor from Representative C.W. Bill Young
(R-FL-Chair of Appropriations Committee)on Friday evening when he and
Representative Obey filed the Omnibus Appropriations bill.

As you may know, Congress wrapped up the last must-pass funding bills
on Friday and adjourned.  It's over!  Just in time for us to rest during the
holidays and celebrate the New Year!  Thank you to everyone who made this
possible!  Your calls to Michigan’s Representatives and Senators really
helped.  In this last fight, Representatives Rivers, Bonior, Levin, and
Conyers signed a “Dear Colleague” letter speaking to the plight of the
endangered Steller sea lion.

Details on the final “omnibus appropriations bill” (which was a package of
the remaining funding bills) are still uncertain.  But, we do know that late
Friday, Senator Ted Stevens, congressional negotiators and the White House
reached a compromise on the Steller sea lion rider.  Environmentalists are
cautiously optimistic about the agreement which recognizes that the Bering
Sea/Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska ground fisheries "shall be managed
in a manner consistent with the alternatives contained in the biological
opinion."  Information on other riders is still sketchy, but we’ll update
you when we get the full report.

"Senator Stevens played chicken with the ESA and lost,"  said Heather
Weiner,  Senior Legislative Counsel at the Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund
and the Chair of the Endangered Species Coalition.  "The integrity of the
Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Protection Act remains
intact for the time being.  It remains to be seen if Steller sea lions
survive as well."

This marks the 4th Anti-ESA rider to be defeated this riders season!
Senator Ted Stevens Sea lion rider joins Senator Domenici’s silvery minnow
extinction rider, Senator Kit Bond’s Missouri River rider and Senator Slade
Gorton’s salmon rider.  All four powerful Senators “played chicken with the
ESA and lost.”

These anti-environmental Congressmen lost (Senator Gorton even lost his bid
for reelection) and endangered species won in large part due to the hard
work and dedication of endangered species activists across the country.
Thank you for being part of the effort to protect endangered species from
these underhanded and undemocratic attacks.  We truly appreciate all of your
hard work through this unprecedented long Congressional session.  I am sure
that all of the species you’ve helped to protect thank you too!


Liz Godfrey
GREEN Northland Organizer
the GrassRoots Environmental Effectiveness Network
*powering the Endangered Species Coalition*
(608) 294-1338


If you want to spread a little Holiday Cheer to others who helped protect
endangered species, please give these people a call and thank them for being
watchdogs against anti-environmental riders.

President Bill Clinton at the White House comment line 202-456-1414 or 800-
Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew at 202-395-4840
White House Chief of Staff John Podesta at 202-456-6798.
House Appropriations Chairman C.W. Bill Young (202) 225-5961

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