Knoxville (AP) -- Senator Lamar Alexander says everyone should be able to support the Bush administration's call for a major funding increase for the National Parks.
The $200 million increase proposed next year would be the first installment in a ten-year run-up to the National Parks' 100th anniversary in 2016.
Speaking to park advocates Thursday in Knoxville, Alexander said that politics aside "this is a train to get on" and described it as the kind of support for the parks he only had dreamed of.
The Tennessee Senator spoke to a forum sponsored by the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association that is looking at projects geared to the centennial and the 75th anniversary of the Great Smokies Park next year.
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