Statement by the President: Conservation Funding (10/3/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
                          (Coral Gables, Florida)

For Immediate Release                                     October 3, 2000

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     I am pleased by the bipartisan agreement approved by the House today
providing guaranteed funding to protect critical lands across America.  By
doubling our conservation investment next year, and guaranteeing even
greater funding in the years ahead, this agreement is a major step toward
ensuring communities the resources they need to protect their most precious
lands - from neighborhood parks to threatened farmland to pristine

     While we had hoped for even more, the very real gains achieved in the
Interior appropriations bill would not have been possible without the many
conservation, wildlife, and recreation groups, and citizens around the
country, who worked so hard to secure dedicated conservation funding. I
commend the many members of Congress who came together in a true bipartisan
spirit to make this a national priority.

     I also am pleased that the bill provides critical funding for cleaner
water, energy security, Native Americans and the arts, and that
objectionable riders that threatened serious harm to our environment have
been fixed or dropped.

     A century ago, President Theodore Roosevelt put America on the path of
land stewardship.  With this agreement, we enter a new century better
prepared to honor and fulfill this vital conservation vision.


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