April 5, 2000
The Administration appreciates the efforts of the House Resources Committee
to address concerns raised by the Interior Department about H.R. 3671. We
believe that the combined efforts of the Committee and the Department will
result in many valuable improvements to the Federal Aid program and ensure
that the taxes paid by America's sportsmen are being used for their
The Administration, however, remains concerned that H.R. 3671 would cap the program's administrative funding below the four percent of program revenues needed to effectively staff and administer the revised program. In addition, H.R. 3671 contains provisions that would concentrate program administration in Washington rather than in the field and reduce program flexibility. If the House passes the bill, the Administration will work with the Senate to address these concerns.