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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - December 5, 1982, Tokyo, JapanSunday december 5, 1982 Pacific stars and stripes California offshore Oil leases barred Washington up the House appropriations committee has voted unanimously to Block Interior Secretary James Watt from Selling Oiland Gas leases off the Central and Northern coast of ban on offshore Oil leasing before oct. 1, 1983, was written into a $7.4 billion Money Bill i which the committee warned this is not the time for the government to Retreat from support for the development of new sources of the committee took the Opportunity to attack Watt and his policies. While slashing funding for Watt s office by $3.6million, saying he should set an example in times of fiscal restraint the committee also appropriated about $800 million More than the Reagan administration requested Overall for Interior programs. Some of the extra funds were appropriated specifically for programs Watt has criticized. In another slap at Watt the committee recommended Banning the use of Park service facilities for political or social events that would result in their closing to the Public such As Watt s controversial use this year of the Lee Curtis mansion in the Arlington National cemetery for a party. Synfuel development urged while slashing $43.5 million earmarked for offshore Energy from the Bill the committee urged continued development of synthetic fuel Sand More emphasis on Energy conservation. The committee made smaller cuts in the fiscal1983 budget for Oil Gas and Mineral leasing in irreplaceable wilderness areas and in National Parkland it said were threatened by Watt s policies. In its report the committee noted Watt had indicated his intention to proceed with leasing of the California coast despite opposition from state officials and virtually the entire Californi congressional in criticizing the Interior department s leasing policies the committee said the department has raised concerns on economic management an environmental grounds. Additions by the committee included $195.1million to raise proposed funding for the National Park service to $938.6 million. More than $3million of the extra funds were provided in response to testimony by regional Park director that they needed More seasonal employees. In spite of that testimony the Secretary continues to Cut Back employees needed to do work in the Parks at the same time he lauds his efforts to improve the health and safety needs in the Parks the report said. College women get jump on men in wages _ _ _. Al of. V4-l 4-Rsx try pm of a

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