• Some in GOP Push for Conservation Causes

    SEATTLE, Wash. – Support for many environmental causes seems to run strictly along party lines, but a group of Republicans is trying to change that in Congress. They are asking House Speaker John Boehner to help push 19 bills through the House to designate new wilderness areas, conserve wetlands and fight invasive species in 14 states.

    In Washington state, the list includes expanding the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area, which has long been stalled. Jim DiPeso, spokesman for Republicans for Environmental Protection, acknowledges Congress has been swamped, but he sees no good reason to delay bills that lawmakers actually agree on.

    One of the issues we keep hearing about wilderness legislation is ‘You need to have local support.’ The Alpine Lakes wilderness bill has local support – from Republicans, from Democrats, from business, from all walks of life. So, what’s the holdup? Let’s pass it, let’s get it done. – Jim DiPeso
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