New Land Program Gets Final Approval

Congress approved an $18.8 billion measure that includes an immediate down payment for purchasing fragile lands, maintaining parks and other initiatives.

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October 13, 2000, 10:00 AM PDT

By California 2000

Congress approved an $18.8 billion measure that willfinance the Interior Department for fiscal 2001. Included in the bill isan immediate $1.2 billion down payment for purchasing fragile lands,maintaining parks and other initiatives as part of a $12 billion,six-year program. The measures passage marks a triumph for PresidentClinton in his designation of land preservation as a top priority, as itmore than doubles last year's federal conservation spending. Provisionsincluded in the measure represent a few setbacks for environmentalists,however, as one in particular could slow Environmental Protection Agencyplans to take action against urban air pollution.

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