US House Unanimous in Protecting Wilderness

US House Unanimous in Protecting Wilderness

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cliffgazingIn a rare uncontensious round of voting, the US House unanimously approved a group of bills Monday that would protect wide swaths of wilderness in the west and ban some drilling there. Wilderness designations would forbid commercial building and motor vehicles on the land…

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The unity among politicians, rare in the usually bickering legislative body, was created, says the Associated Press, by compromise that was negotiated over years among groups as diverse as "business owners and ranchers, local governments and recreation advocates, conservationists and Indian tribes". The bills now head to the Senate.

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