Get on the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009
On a positive note for sound environmental legislation, the US Senate voted 73-21 to pass a massive wilderness bill! Yahoo! Twenty-one senators voted no, all republicans including John McCain. Ouch-
The following republicans voted yea; Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker of Tennessee, Christopher Bond of Missouri, Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, Orrin Hatch of Utah, Mel Martinez of Florida, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Richard Lugar of Indiana, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker of Mississippi, John Barrasso and Michael Enzi of Wyoming , Michael Crapo and Jim Rirsch of Idaho, and George Voinovich of Ohio. Wow- the entire delegation from Wyoming, Idaho Tennessee, and Mississippi- not exactly environmentally friendly delegations mind you voted yea!
Now back to McCain- Why the no vote? On January 6th senator McCain introduced 3 environmental friendly bills:
Arizona National Scenic Trail Bill – Cosponsored by Senator Jon Kyl, Senator McCain introduced the Arizona National Scenic Trail Bill to designate the Arizona Trail a National Scenic Trail. Approximately 807 miles long, the trail begins at the Coronado National Memorial on the United States-Mexico border and extends to the Arizona Strip bordering Utah.
Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River Act – Cosponsored by Senator Jon Kyl, Senator McCain introduced the Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River Act designating segments of Fossil Creek, a tributary to the Verde River in the State of Arizona, as a Wild and Scenic River.
Walnut Canyon Study Act – Cosponsored by Senator Jon Kyl, the bill would provide for a study and report on how to best manage public lands surrounding the Walnut Canyon Monument to ensure adequate protection of the canyon’s cultural and natural resources.
So, Senator McCain- why the no vote?
Now let's get this bill onto President-elect Obama's desk so he can sign at least one bill that I'm in favor of in his first 100 days!
(photo- Heather hiking on Mount Hood's Cooper Spur. Oregon Wilderness will expand greatly under this bill)