Frelinghuysen Lauds Passage of Highlands Conservation Act by Senate Committee
Washington, DC - Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11), the author of the federal Highlands Conservation Act, H.R. 1964, today issued the following statement lauding the passage of his legislation by the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
With the Senate Committee s approval, we ve taken another step toward protecting quality drinking water, recreational land and open space in the Highlands region of New Jersey. Now, I urge the Senate to follow the House s lead and pass The Highlands Conservation Act.
Our responsibility at the federal level is to serve as a helping hand - one that works to secure more critical funding for open space purchases from willing sellers, while continuing to respect and compliment greater state, county, local and private efforts already in place to protect the four-state Highlands region. The Highlands Conservation Act embodies these goals.
I m grateful for the steadfast support and hard work of Senator Jon Corzine, Senator Pete Domenici, the Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senator Larry Craig, the Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Forests and Public Land Management and Senate Republican Conference Chairman Rick Santorum. Their commitment to this legislation is to be commended.