Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Save Our Lands and Our Salmon: Call Congress Today Regarding H.R. 1

photo © Neil Ever Osborne

Big stuff happening in the House of Representatives this week as they introduced a Continuing Resolution (H.R. 1), to fund the federal government for the last seven months of the fiscal year while cutting spending by over $100 billion from the President’s fiscal year 2011 request.
This CR legislation represents the largest single discretionary spending reduction in the history of Congress and it is the most harmful to our environment in American history.

From Wilderness Society:
The proposed cuts are some of the worst we’ve ever seen. They would eliminate funds entirely for a host of programs that Americans count as important.
GONE: The Antiquities Act, used by every president since Theodore Roosevelt to protect special places

GONE: Funds for research into global warming

GONE: EPA regulation of greenhouse gases

GONE: New policy to protect western wilderness areas

GONE: The Land and Water Conservation Fund

GONE: Forest planning that keeps off road vehicles under control
You can follow live updates via Wilderness Society here.

We're asking you to take action and call your member of Congress today to protect salmon.
Congress is voting right now – Wednesday night and Thursday – on a budget that harms salmon, jobs, and clean water, and we need your help to stop it in its tracks. Please call the Capitol Switchboard today at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your member of Congress; urge him/her to vote NO on H.R. 1 because it will reverse decades of protections for our land, water, air, and wildlife. Several of H.R.1’s provisions, along with dozens of proposed harmful amendments, will hurt salmon, cost jobs, and damage communities. Tell Congress that throwing away 40 years of progress on America’s environment is no way to “win the future.”

Call (202) 224-3121 now to make your voice heard. When you’re connected to your congressperson’s office, just leave the following message with the receptionist or on voicemail:

“I'm calling to ask the Representative to vote ‘no’ on H.R. 1, the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011, and to oppose all anti-environmental amendments, because it will harm salmon, jobs and our environment.”

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