Wednesday, October 30, 2019

NEW: House Passes Grand Canyon "Protection" Measure; AZ Delegation Splits Along Party Lines (ARIZONA'S POLITICAL SHORTS)

3:35pm: The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act this afternoon, 236-185. Although a few Representatives crossed the aisle, Arizona's delegation voted strictly along party lines on the AZ-centric measure.

If passed, the bill would remove one million federal acres from mining for uranium and minerals, and prevent those lands from being removed from the national park.

Here is the vote: Here is the text:

Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva sponsored the measure, and said the following:
“We wouldn’t be here today without a truly historic level of dedication by people across the country, and I want to thank all the tribes, outdoor advocates, businesspeople, sportsmen and sportswomen, and everyday Americans who have poured their heart and soul into this fight. Protecting the Grand Canyon is more important than offering the mining industry more corporate welfare, and the alliance behind this bill will stand together until we preserve this international icon for our grandchildren once and for all. Some issues are powerful and popular enough to blast right through the usual Senate deadlock, and protecting the Grand Canyon is one of them.”

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