Advocacy Alert: Jan. 29, 2010

Contact Congress: Zoos and Aquariums Must Be Included In Jobs Bill!

Harmful Attempt to Exclude Zoos and Aquariums Included in House-passed Jobs Bill!

Language contained in the recently-passed House version of the “Jobs for Main Street Act” (H.R. 2847, Sec. 1702) prevents zoos and aquariums from accessing any funds for job creation.

The House-passed legislation currently states:

"Sec.1702. All funds provided under this title shall be subject to the requirements of section 1604 of division A of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5).”

As you may recall, Section 1604 of the enacted ARRA language included this language:

"None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available in this Act may be used by any State or local government, or any private entity, for any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, or swimming pool."

AAM is working with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to try to stop this provision from being included in any new job-creation bill.

“It is unfair that zoos and aquariums continue to be punished, especially when jobs are at stake,” said AZA President & CEO Jim Maddy, “All across America, zoos and aquariums are ready to put people to work, building education centers and habitats for some of the most threatened and endangered animals on the planet.”

AAM President Ford W. Bell added, “The entire museum field needs to come together to make the case to Congress that zoos and aquariums play a vital role in serving their communities and their local economies. I urge everyone to write to Congress today and both AAM and AZA have made it easy to do so.”

Please visit either the Contact Congress page of AAM’s advocacy website or AZA’s website www.aza.org to send an urgent email to Congress today.