|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Thu, 14 Sep 1995 10:10:30 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||RAB ASSISTANCE NEEDS "LEAD" - NOW!|
RAB ASSISTANCE NEEDS "LEAD" Congressional staff representing the House and Senate members of the Defense Authorization Conference Committee are meeting now to discuss the "small issue" differences between the bills passed recently by the two houses. It appears that there is a strong possibility of improvement in the Senate language regarding technical assistance to Restoration Advisory Boards, but only if a member of the House National Security Committee takes the lead in raising the issue. If you live in a district with a Republican representative who is both on the Committee and is willing to listen, urge him to fight for this program. More realistically, we may have to rely on Congressman Dellums, who last year as Committee chair helped get the Underwood Amendment enacted. Now, as ranking minority member, he not only has less influence, but his plate is already full with other issues. Congressman Dellums needs to hear IMMEDIATELY that his constituents - as well as his friends outside of his district - believe that independent technical assistance to RABs is a MAJOR ISSUE, even though the amount of funding involved is minuscule in relation to the entire Defense budget. Specifically, if the Conferees accept the Senate language, it should be modified to make clear that the objective of the provision is to support INDEPENDENT technical assistance, and that the $4 million proposed by the Senate for both administrative and technical support to RABs is about half of what will be required this year. Once we are assured that Dellums will take the lead, then we can focus on other members of the conference committee. Finally, it is my impression that the state regulators have done a good job of getting their message in support of the DSMOA - Defense State Memorandum of Agreement - program out in Washington, but I do not know whether any member of Congress on the Conference committee is championing this issue. It wouldn't hurt to mention this, as well, in any communication to Dellums. Honorable Ron Dellums Home Office: 510/763-0370 fax: 510/763-6538 DC Office 202/225-2661 fax: 202/225-9817 Lenny Siegel
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