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ACOG HAS A GOOD YEAR IN CONGRESS
Published October 17, 1994
"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).