October 11, 2000: Historic Protection for America's Environment and Cultural Heritage

October 11, 2000

"This is a truly historic achievement, achieved in a genuine, bipartisan spirit, to create a permanent basis for preserving our natural heritage and advancing our common artistic and cultural values

Today, at the White House, President Clinton signed the Interior Department budget bill for Fiscal Year 2001 that provides unprecedented dedicated funding for the conservation of America's land and coastal resources a total of $12 billion over six years. The bill also provides increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities to increase understanding and access to arts and humanities for all Americans. In addition, the bill increases funding to prevent and fight wildfires, to develop and deploy new energy conservation technologies, and to assist Native American communities. The Administration also fought back several anti-environmental riders that would have traded hard-won environmental safeguards for short-term special interest gains.

PROVIDING CONSERVATION FUNDING FOR AMERICA'S TREASURES. Through a bipartisan effort, the President and Vice President secured $1.2 billion of dedicated conservation funding in the Interior bill, with an additional $400 million to be provided in the Commerce-Justice-State appropriations bill, for a total of $1.6 billion in 2001 more than double the current funding. This effort represents a major step toward the goal of permanent conservation funding. Programs which will benefit include:

DOUBLING FUNDING FOR WILDLAND FIRE SUPPRESSION AND REDUCTION. The legislation signed today provides $2.9 billion, more than double current funding, to:

INCREASING INVESTMENT IN NEW ENERGY CONSERVATION TECHNOLOGIES. The bill invests $817 million, a 10% increase over last year, for cleaner, more efficient technologies that will benefit the environment, our nation's energy security, and consumers' pocketbooks, including:

PROMOTING THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES IN AMERICA. The Interior bill increases the National Endowment for the Arts' budget by $7 million, for a total of $105 million, the first increase in over 7 years. The bill also increases the National Endowment for the Humanities' budget by $5 million, for a total of $120 million, broadening access to important cultural and humanities programs across the nation.

BOOSTING FUNDING FOR NATIVE AMERICAN PROGRAMS. The bill provides $4.9 billion a 12% increase for key components of the Administration's Native American Initiative Program to help fund Indian school construction, law enforcement, and health care.

October 2000

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October 17, 2000: The Clinton-Gore Administration: Urging Congress to Support America's Education Priorities

October 11, 2000: Historic Protection for America's Environment and Cultural Heritage

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