Bill Caps Administrative Costs And Increases Funds Available For Fish And Wildlife Projects
U.S. Representative Charles Bass voted to stop the documented misuse of funds designated to preserve wildlife and promote conservation. The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs Improvement Act of 2000 passed the House.
"When I buy fishing poles for my children and me, I pay a tax that is supposed to pay for upkeep and rehabilitation of places where we fish," said Bass. But Fish and Wildlife officials have been wasting the money on unreasonable overhead costs and bureaucratic junkets. This bill would put an end to this terrible misuse of taxpayer dollars and ensure that millions of dollars in excess taxes on hunting and fishing equipment are used for the purpose for which they were intended, like conservation, wildlife preservation, and hunter safety education programs.
Congressional hearings uncovered numerous spending improprieties by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Division of Federal Aid involving the administration of fish and wildlife programs. In 1998, ½ of $31 million were misused. Taxpayer dollars intended to preserve the nation's habitat and wildlife were wasted on unnecessary foreign travel and other administrative costs.
This bill would cap administrative expenditures at $10 million and spell out exactly what expenses are authorized to administer the program. "By cutting wasteful administrative expenses, we make more money available for fish and wildlife projects," concluded Bass.
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