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jimmyo

Kill the Fee Demo Project

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I have pilfered the text of a post on the Mounties site - apparently the rip-off paid parking passes are up for revote in the US congress. Let's fight it - see below.

 

Jim O'Donnell

 

For those who believe that access to public lands

should remain free to all of us, please read on and

contact your elected officials by Wednesday morning,

February 11th. For more information visit:

 

http://www.alpenthyme.org/access.htm

http://www.wildwilderness.org/docs/options.htm

 

THE OPPORTUNITY:

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will now vote, on Wednesday morning 2/11/04, on Sen. Thomas's (R-WY)

Recreational Fee Authority Act of 2003 (S1107).

 

S. 1107 calls for making recreation user fees permanent in the National Parks only. Although this bill would allow the

program to expire in the Forest Service, BLM, and US Fish and Wildlife Service, there is a possibility that one or more Senators will introduce an amendment that will specifically kill Fee Demo in those three agencies.

(We must help make that happen.)

 

THE THREAT JUST INTENSIFIED:

Interior Secretary Gale Norton is putting enormous

pressure upon Senate Energy Committee members to add into S.1107 the same language that appears in Congressman Regula's (R-OH) atrocious fee legislation titled "Federal

Lands Recreation Enhancement Act", HR 3283.

 

HR 3283 would make recreation fees permanent for the NPS, USFS, BLM, USFWS and the (newly-added) Bureau of Reclamation. It would also make failure topay the fees punishable by 6 months in jail plus a $5,000 fine!

 

WHAT TO DO:

Please contact every Senator on the Committee, if

possible, by fax and also by phone. The contact list is below. These faxes and phone calls MUST be made by no later than 9:30 am EST Wednesday, February 11th. The Committee

will be voting on S. 1107 on Wednesday morning! Address your fax "Dear Senator" and send the same fax to each Senator.

 

Senators Craig and Thomas must be contacted by everyone!!!!

 

This is one of those times when we need to bring enormous pressure to bear on the Senate Energy Committee at short notice. Who else can you get to call and fax? Friends, family members? Please remember this email alert is

part of a grassroots nationwide campaign against Fee Demo. There is no well-financed lobbying effort getting underway.

It's just citizens like you and me who believe access to our public lands must remain free for all of us.

 

COMMITTEE CONTACT LIST:

*- if you only have a limited time please contact

those with a * next to their name first. Thank You.

Senator Phone Fax

Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) 202-224-5521 202-224-4340

Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM) 202-224-6621 202-228-0539

Sen. Craig Thomas (R-WY) 202-224-6441 202-224-1724

*Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)202-224-4944 202-228-3398

*Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) 202-224-5244 202-228-2717

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)202-224-3841 202-228-3954

Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR) 202-224-3753 202-228-3997

Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) 202-224-2752 202-228-1067

*Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) 202-224-4521 202-224-2207

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) 202-224-5824 202-224-9735

*Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) 202-224-2644 202-224-8594

Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) 202-224-2551 202-224-1193

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) 202-224-3441 202-228-0514

Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO) 202-224-6154 202-228-1518

Sen. Don Nickles (R-OK) 202-224-5754 202-224-6008

*Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)202-224-6542 202-228-3027

*Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) 202-224-5842 202-228-5765

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) 202-224-6665 202-224-5301

Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) 202-224-4343 202-228-1373

Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL) 202-224-3041 202-224-2237

Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI) 202-224-6361 202-224-2126

*Sen. Ben Campbell (R-CO) 202-224-5852 202-228-4609

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Here's an almost effortless way to register your outraged indignancy and whatevah...

 

----- Original Message -----

From: AZ NoFee-statewide coordinator

Sent: Monday, February 09, 2004 9:59 AM

Subject: FAX DC from our Website.

 

 

Dear NoFee Supporters,

 

In our continues efforts to make your voice heard regarding

Fee Demo, we have made it possible for you to fax the

necessary Senators, regarding S1107, via our website.

 

Please go to our website (www.aznofee.org) and click on the alert at the top of the page. We urge you to add your own comments to the letter that is provided for you, to increase the validity of your comments.

 

Special thanks to Marv Stalcup, our volunteer website

guru, who made this possible.

 

Please remember that these faxes must be in by 9:30 EST Wednesday morning.

 

Thank You,

Jon Orlando- Statewide Coordinator

Arizona NoFee Coalition

PO Box 1362

Flagstaff, AZ 86002

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Okay, here's my deal. If folks were truly serious abt ending this effin' scam, then they'd STOP SHOPPING at stores that sell the pass and let them know why! End any appearance of compliance right where it starts. Believe me, enuf of you gear whores did that and they'd get the message! Simple as that.

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We're not yet through with this. The bill just went through Senate committee. I guess it would still have to be passed by the Senate, massaged with the House bill (the Ohio motherfucker is in the House), and signed into law by Bush.

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My understanding is that it doesn't have to pass...because if it doesn't the existing law lapses in October of 2004. I could be incorrect on this, but the bill that left committee is a take it or lapse it. Meaning, that at the very least BLM and Forest service will lose the Fee Demo in October 2004.

 

The only question is whether or not the Park Service will get to keep theirs. So the Senators will only be able to vote yes or no on keeping it in the Parks. Because they cannot vote for it in the Forests, it must lapse. Odds are good that they will pass it to keep it in the Parks.

 

Anyone know better? Maybe I'm wrong..I hope not. bigdrink.gif

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