Statement by the President on Energy/Water Veto (10/7/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release                                          October 7,

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     Today, I vetoed a deeply flawed Energy/Water appropriations bill that
threatens major environmental harm by blocking our efforts to modernize
operations on the Missouri River.  This anti-environmental rider would not
only jeopardize the survival of three threatened and endangered species,
but would also establish a dangerous precedent aimed at barring a federal
agency from obeying one of our nation?s landmark environmental statutes.

     Additionally, this bill funded scores of special projects for special
interests, it failed to provide sufficient funding for priorities in the
national interest -- including environmental restoration of the Florida
Everglades and the California-Bay Delta, and our strategy to restore
endangered salmon in the Pacific Northwest.  It also failed to fund efforts
to research and develop non-polluting sources of energy through solar and
renewable technologies that are vital to America?s energy security.

     I urge Congress to quickly produce an Energy/Water bill I can sign.


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