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CITIZENS AGAINST GOVERNMENT WASTE ANNOUNCES OPPOSITION TO BILLS THAT WOULD FUND TWO 'UNNECESSARY' PROJECTS

CITIZENS AGAINST GOVERNMENT WASTE ANNOUNCES OPPOSITION TO BILLS THAT
 WOULD FUND TWO 'UNNECESSARY' PROJECTS
 WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) today announced its opposition to two pieces of legislation scheduled for mark up in the House Interior Subcommittee on National Parks and Public Lands on Tuesday, Nov. 26.
 The bills, H.R. 2519 and H.R. 2548, would authorize appropriations for the Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, Pa., and the Abraham Lincoln Research and Interpretive Center in Springfield, Ill.
 "It seems that members of Congress are celebrating Thanksgiving a little bit earlier than the rest of the country," said CCAGW Senior Vice President Tom Schatz. "Members of the subcommittee are planning a huge feast with our tax dollars."
 H.R. 2519 would authorize $33 million for Steamtown, along with a permanent appropriation of $6.5 million annually. "This funding comes in addition to the $43 million taxpayers have already shelled out to this boondoggle. The project is nothing more than an old railyard with little real historic value," said Schatz.
 H.R. 2548 would provide money for the construction of a project that supporters are calling the Abraham Lincoln Research and Interpretive Center. The price tag for this project could run as high as $60 million with a permanent annual appropriation of $4 million for operation and maintenance. This project would be constructed just blocks away from an already existing visitors center. "It's not as if there's no research or interpretation of Lincoln's life already available," said Schatz.
 "Members of Congress who support these bills are out to lunch," charged Schatz. "As the recession continues and unemployment lines get longer, any federal penny spent on these two projects is absolutely shameful. The National Park Service already has $5 billion backlog in operations and maintenance. The last thing they need are these two unnecessary projects.
 "Congress has got to realize that the only way to cure this country's economic ills is to eliminate wasteful, low-priority spending and keep money in the hands of its rightful owners -- American taxpayers," said Schatz.
 Schatz called on the taxpayers to "pick up their phones and stop this raid on our pocketbooks. If we don't act now, this Tuesday could be a very expensive day for all of us. Let's make our spendthrift officials kill these turkeys, not eat our tax dollars," concluded Schatz.
 The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste is a non-profit, non-partisan lobbying organization.
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 /CONTACT: Margaret Hill of The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, 202-467-5300/ CO: Council for Citizens Against Government Waste ST: Illinois, Pennsylvania IN: SU: LEG


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