STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT: Permanent Funding to Protect Critical Lands Across America
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
                          (Camp David, Maryland)

For Immediate Release                                    July 14, 2000

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

I am pleased that a bipartisan agreement was reached today in the Senate on
legislation to provide permanent funding to protect critical lands across
America.  We have before us an historic opportunity to build a truly
enduring conservation endowment.  I commend Senator Bingaman and Senator
Murkowski for their leadership in moving us closer to that goal.  I am
committed to working with Congress in the bipartisan spirit reflected in
today?s agreement so  that future generations will have the resources to
protect precious lands, from city parks to threatened farmland to our
grandest natural treasures.


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