Saturday, June 18, 2011

Kilili Being All Awesome Again

Now this is what I'm talking about. From Delegate Kilili's email update:
Stamp will provide funding for Monument wildlife refuge. In May, the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Areas received testimony from the Interior Department that the National Wildlife Refuge System has a $3.3 billion backlog of deferred maintenance and is short of operational funds. Parts of the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument are in the Refuge System. So, I decided to introduce legislation authorizing a semipostal stamp to raise funds for wildlife refuges nationwide. Semipostal stamps are sold for more than the value of the postage and the difference goes to worthy causes. The breast cancer research stamp was the first semipostal and has raised over $70 million to date. My bill, to provide for the issuance of a Wildlife Refuge System Conservation Semipostal Stamp, H.R. 2236, was introduced with 23 original co-sponsors, both Republicans and Democrats, which shows the importance of wildlife refuges nationwide and the interest in finding alternative means of funding in these times of tight budgets.
That's the kind of creative thinking the Marianas needs right now.

Kudos to the delegate.

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