Sample letter to Senator/Congressman to pass the Bill
I am writing to urge your strong support for President Bush's Fiscal Year 2007 budget request for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) FY 2007 budget request for the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Building and Facilities account. This new "Chinese Garden'' is to be located at the U.S. National Arboretum.
This 12 acre garden is a cooperative building project between the government of the People's Republic of China and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The garden is a gift from the Chinese government and people to the U.S. government and the American people. The Chinese government will provide the majority of the cost of constructing this garden, including all of the main structures (a total of 24 structures), rockeries, plants, furniture, art objects and draftsmen. The estimated cost of the Chinese contribution is at least $50,000,000. In addition, many of the rockeries and art objects are not commercially available at all in the United States and are truly impossible to value. The USDA budget request for FY 2007 will provide design verification, utility enhancements to the site and ground preparation.
This spectacular classic Chinese Garden will be one of the largest Chinese Gardens outside of China: a 12-acre garden on a prime location. It is to be built inside the U.S. National Arboretum (USNA) in Washington DC. It is a joint project between the governments of the United States and China. The classic Chinese Garden is a gift from the Chinese government, the People's Republic of China to the people of the United States. All the construction costs, building material and design costs will be provided by the Chinese Government, The estimated cost of the Chinese contribution is at least $50,000,000. In addition, many of the rockeries and art objects are not commercially available at all in the United States and are truly impossible to value. The United States Government has agreed to provide the funding for the basic infrastructure of building site preparation and maintenance costs.
The $8,415,000 USDA facility budget request for FY 2007 for the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Building and Facilities account. It will provide design verification, utility enhancements to the site and ground preparation.
The U.S. National Arboretum was chartered by the Congress in 1927, this newest addition "China Garden" would be the best gift that Congress could give to the American since the Arboretum Chartered Ceremony.
Once again, we urge your strong support for this extremely important for the people budget approval.
Once completed, the new "China Garden" at the Arboretum will be the best Classical Chinese Garden in the United States and the Western World. It will be a jewel for Washington, D.C. and the nation and will serve as a wonderful cultural, research and education site, as well as an impressive symbol of friendship between the United States and China for generations to come.
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9 th Grade Student ,
New World BIlingual Institute, VA