Our national parks are under threat! Unless Congress succeeds in finding other ways to reduce the deficit, a damaging across-the-board funding cut in January will harm our national parks. Closed parks, campgrounds, and visitor centers will likely result from this cut, in addition to the loss of park rangers and other critical staff!
The U.S. National Park Service costs a fraction of one percent of the federal budget and did not cause the deficit. Even cutting the entire agency's budget would do almost nothing to address our debt.
Tell Congress to work together to find a solution that protects America's best idea -- our national parks.
As a supporter of the National Parks Conservation Association, I am deeply concerned about the idea that Congress will force an across-the-board funding cut that would deeply harm our national parks and the millions of people who love to visit them.
Like so many other Americans, I am a strong supporter of national parks. They should not be forced to suffer because Congress cannot agree on a deficit reduction plan.
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An across-the-board budget "sequester" was not intended as a realistic way to reduce the deficit and it would damage a lot of things Americans care about. Our national parks are already underfunded and can't afford these cuts.
I urge you to work with your Republican and Democratic colleagues in Congress to find another way to reduce our deficit rather than the sequester scheduled for January 2013.
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