Thu, 15 Jun 1995 08:29:07 -0400


Don't you think it is a bit over the top to tag a posting such as
this ALERT! ALERT! ALERT!? Thought we had had another Chernobyl and
that clouds of radioactive dust was blowing my way - or that the US
had launched an airborne attack on Japanes auto factories.


> It is PANIC time, folks. ACRA has found out some very disturbing
news and is >
> requesting your help.
> Last night, Wednesday, June 14, our worst nightmare happened. We found out
> that the $3 million proposed for the Advisory Council is being zeroed out of
> the appropriations bill. Coincidentally, the National Trust for Historic
> Preservation, which had been targeted to be zeroed by the Dan Young memo of
> May 8 (and which we put on the Net last week), will actually be funded at
> approximately $3 million. This is only a small part of the National Trust
> budget, which is primarily funded by non-federal sources. It is all of the
> Advisory Council budget.
> Up until now, everyone had thought that since the Advisory Council had not
> been specifically named by Young in his recommended cuts, the House would
> probably finance it. This would counterbalance the Senate's elimination of
> the Council in its budget resolution of late May. Now both houses will have
> eliminated the Council. Unless we can stop the vote today in the House
> appropriations subcommittee, the Council, and therefore Section 106
> enforcement is effectively dead. The consequences for CRM will be
> catastrophic. This is the worst news we could possibly imagine and news
> that I still find hard to believe. There is still the slim possibility that
> the Senate appropriations committee will put it back in, but this is very
> unlikely in the present political climate.
> This morning, Thursday June 15, please call your state's representative on
> the committee (see our previous mailings) even if he is not from your
> district. If you live in Georgia, call Newt Gingrich's office. If you live
> in Louisiana call Rep. Livingston's office. He is chairman of the House
> appropriations committee. If nothing else, call Ralph Regula, the
> appropriations interior subcommittee chairman. Tell them that you have heard
> a vicious rumor (we cannot say exactly who told us about this) that the
> Advisory Council, a program that works, is beneficial for us all, and is
> cheap, is going to be eliminated from today's appropriations bill, and that
> you support the Council. You hope the rumor is not true, and would like him
> to get back in touch with you to squelch the rumor as soon as possible. Get
> your friends to call, but call this morning. This is probably our last
> chance.
> And just when we were finally getting our act together with ACRA and other
> initiatives. We were a year or two too late. Too bad.
> Tom Wheaton