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Will President Obama keep his word?

March 27, 2009

The Omnibus Public Land Management Act has now passed both the House and Senate.

This bill will place over 2 million additional acres off-limits to mining, energy, logging and other public land uses. The bill will also create the National Landscape Conservations system "in order to conserve, protect, and restore nationally significant landscapes that have outstanding cultural, ecological, and scientific values for the benefit of future generations..."

The bill contains numerous earmarks (pet projects), including $1 billion for a water project in California to benefit 500 salmon, $3.5 million to celebrate the 450th anniversary of St. Augustine, Florida, and $5 million for the National Tropical Botanical Garden to operate and maintain gardens in Hawaii and Florida.

The question now is, will President Obama stick to his promise to put an end to earmarks and stop wasteful spending on pet projects?

He may need a reminder. You can register your comments by calling the White House comment line, or sending a fax or email.

Ask him to keep his promise to end earmarks by vetoing the Omnibus Public Land Management Act!

Comment Line: 202 456-1111
Fax: 202 456-2461
White House email contact form: http://www.whitehouse.gov/CONTACT/



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