September 17, 2007 -
Wyo leadership insist that President must honor $550 million agreement
WASHINGTON – Rallying leaders of the state of Wyoming -- including the Speaker of the House, President of the Senate, Governor, Senators and Representative -- U.S. Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyo., sent a sharp letter to the White House Sunday insisting the President to use his executive powers to act and release Abandoned Mine Land (AML) money that is due to Wyoming.
During the Council of State Government West 60th annual conference in
Barrasso said recent Office of Surface Mining's (OSM) inactions have fallen far short of what Congress has instructed.
The Senator said OSM has done nothing to alleviate
"Given these concerns we request that you exercise your presidential powers and commence with the disposition of these funds in fiscal year 2008 as intended by Congress," the letter to Bush said.
"We prevail upon your experience as Governor of Texas, our shared ideals of limited government with seamless bureaucracies, and our Western values instructing that an agreement made is an agreement honored," the leaders wrote.
Speaking from the conference, Barrasso said, "On this issue,
AML funds were collected over the past 30 years from mining operations in
The federal government owes