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  • ACOG HAS A GOOD YEAR IN CONGRESS

         "The Olympics, at least, had a good year in Congress" as
    ACOG and GA's congressional delegation members lobbied
    succesfuuly for over $40M in appropriations to federal agencies
    for Olympic-related projects.  ACOG Communications Dir Scott Mall
    called 1994 a "critical" year to secure the advance allocations.
    Approved projects:  $15.8M to the Dept. of Transportation to
    "showcase" 2,000 new buses at the Games; $14.4M to the Defense
    Dept. for military security efforts, including high-tech
    surveillance and Olympic Village protection;  $4.1M for the
    Forest Service to finish TN's Cherokee National Forest whitewater
    venue; $500,000 to plant trees in Atlanta for a fourth year,
    through the Agriculture Dept;  $2.8M for U.S. Park Service to
    finish improvements to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National
    Historical Site in time for the Games;  almost $2.5M to Savannah,
    GA which will host the Olympic yachting events. Congress also
    supported an information equipment grant to "urge" the Commerce
    Dept. to use U.S. telecommunications at the Games.  Legislation
    was passed to lift customs duties on necessary equipment imported
    for the Games and to limit the number of commemorative coins
    issued in '95 to one for the Paralympics, "clearing the field"
    for Olympic coins(Mike Christensen, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 10/15).
    

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