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Washington, DC, September 21, 2000 – A group of protestors will gather today on the East Lawn of the US Capitol at 11AM to counter the claims of supporters of the inappropriately named Conservation and Reinvestment Act (CARA). Supporters of the environment-destroying, pork-barrel-spending, land-grab bill are demanding the Senate pass S. 25.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
“The bill is an affront to American taxpayers and Congressional accountability. It is a threat to American property owners and anyone who wants to own property in the future. And massive government land acquisition will do great harm to the environment,” said Dr. David Riggs, director of land use policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. “Those who gather in support of CARA are opposed to fiscal responsibility, private property owners, and good environmental stewardship.”
Taxpayer groups and fiscal conservatives challenge the need to create a gigantic trust fund for more government ownership of land. The bill was also repeatedly criticized by The Washington Post, which chastised Congressional leaders for proposing a dedicated trust fund that could threaten Medicare, social security, and continued deficit reduction.
“In the wake of the disastrous fires out West this summer, the majority of which occurred on government-managed land, it is sheer lunacy to give this same government more land to try to ‘manage,’” commented Dr. Riggs. “Despite warnings from land experts, the GAO, and the western, the government overtly mismanaged these lands and are directly accountable for these fires.”
Experts on this issue will be available at the protest for comment. They will include representatives from property rights groups, tax activists, and consumer groups.
CEI, a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group founded in 1984, is dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government. For more information, please contact Emily McGee, director of media relations, at 202-331-1010, ext. 209.