Sorry all - Day behind on this. Good Vote on the Tongass and thank you to everyone who made the calls!!!
At end of this note is how our folks voted.
Please remember to call and thank them.
American Lands - Upper Midwest
To: All Activists
From: Lisa Dix, American Lands Alliance
Date: June 17, 2004
Big Win on Tongass Amendment!!
Good Vote on NFMA,
Thursday night, the House of Representatives voted on the Tongass Forest Road Subsidy and the Forest Wildlife Conservation amendments to the Fiscal Year 2005 Interior Appropriations Bill. Thanks to everyone who made calls and sent faxes this week, they really paid off! Also, if you have a moment today please do make a call to your Representative at 202-224-3121 (the Capitol Switchboard) to thank them or express your disappointment in their vote on the Tongass and Forest Wildlife Conservation (NFMA) amendments.
The Tongass Subsidy Amendment
In a spectacular win for the Tongass National Forest, the House of Representatives voted to limit logging road subsidies on the Tongass! The amendment passed 222 to 205. Due to the strong leadership of Representatives Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Robert Andrews (D-NJ), the House sent a strong signal to the Bush Administration Forest Service that building logging roads in America's rainforest at enormous ecological and taxpayer expense is not acceptable. In December 2003, the Bush Administration exempted the Tongass National Forest from receiving roadless area protection under the Roadless Area Conservation Rule. Currently, the Forest Service is moving forward with nearly 50 logging projects in roadless areas of the Tongass that prior to December 2003 were protected from commercial logging. To find out how your Representative voted please go to: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2004/roll253.xml. Please call your Representative and thank them if they voted to limit logging road subsidies on the Tongass National Forest and express your disappointment if they voted against.
Forest Wildlife Conservation Amendment
Yesterday, the House of Representatives also voted on Representative Tom Udall's (D-NM) Forest Wildlife Conservation (NFMA) amendment. The amendment would have limited Forest Service funds to go toward implementing the Bush administration's damaging National Forest Management Act regulations. The administration's anticipated regulations weaken wildlife protections, undermine public involvement, ignore science, and play favorites with special interests. The amendment failed 195 - 230. To find out how your Representative voted go to: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2004/roll254.xml. Please call your Representative and thank them if they voted for the Forest and Wildlife Conservation amendment and express your disappointment if they voted against.
Iowa: Voting for was Leach
Voting for were Ehlers, Kildee, Upton, Levin, Kilpatrick, Conyers, Dingell
Voting for were Ramstad, McCollum, Sabo,
Voting for were Ryan, Baldwin, Kind, Kleczka, Sensenbrenner, Petri, Obey, Green
Iowa: Voting for was Leach
Michigan: Voting for was Ehlers, Kildee, Kilpatrick, Levin, Conyers, Dingell
Minnesota: Voting for was Ramstad, Sabo, McCollum,
Wisconsin: Voting for was Baldwin, Kind, Kleczka, Obey,
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