Last week the House of representatives failed to pass S. 22 the Omnibus public lands management act of 2009. 2/3 majority was required and the measure failed by 2 votes, the bill was supported by over 200 Democrats and 30 Republicans in the house. Jeff Bingaman D-NM reintroduced the bill, which would protect 2 million acres of wilderness, including new wilderness in Joshua Tree, Zion(and enlargement of the park), and Washington County Utah, as well as Wild and Scenic river designation for Fossil Creek here in AZ.
This time the bill will only need a majority vote to pass the house and it is expected to pass easily. It easily passed in the senate thursday with bipartisan support by a 77-20 margin.
"Who are you guys??!!" -Farnsworth