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D.C. can't solve local salmon problems

by U.S. Senator Slade Gorton (Wash-R)
Seattle Times Opinion / Editorials, August 4, 1998

NO one can tell whoppers like the Clinton Administration.

The latest came in an article by the administration's top official on environmental matters, Kathleen McGinty ("Science, not politics, should guide salmon restoration," Seattle Times op-ed page, July 29).

In attacking my (U.S. Senator Slade Groton) legislation that requires her administration, and future administrations, to seek the approval of Congress before they unilaterally decide to remove, breach or alter dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers, McGinty told several whoppers that one would normally dismiss if the issue weren't so important.

As I have said on many occasions over the years and quite recently, I stand willing to work with the Clinton administration to solve these difficult issues.

To date, the administration has not offered any response to my proposal than to attack it in the newspapers. I have just sent another letter to the White House asking for their concrete ideas for protecting our regional hydroelectric system from those who want to destroy it. My hope is that we can soon work together to settle what appear to be our shared goals on these difficult salmon issue:

Those have always been the principles that have guided me on this issue, and they will continue to be in the coming years. But to make real progress toward accomplishing those goals, the administration needs to do more than negotiate in the newspapers - it's time for them to come to the table and have real conversations
Slade Gorton - Republican Slade Gorton is Washington state's senior senator
D.C. can't solve local salmon problems
Seattle Times, Opinion / Editorials - August 4, 1998

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