What: All Issues : Environment : Noise Pollution : H.R. 2691. Fiscal 2004 Interior Appropriations/Vote on Final Passage of an Interior Department Spending Bill Which Allowed Commercial Interests Such as Logging and Mining Greater Access to Federal Lands. (2003 house Roll Call 389)
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H.R. 2691. Fiscal 2004 Interior Appropriations/Vote on Final Passage of an Interior Department Spending Bill Which Allowed Commercial Interests Such as Logging and Mining Greater Access to Federal Lands.
house Roll Call 389     Jul 17, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

The subject of this vote was final passage of a $19.6 billion appropriations bill to fund the Interior Department and related agencies in 2004. Progressives voted against the measure based on several objections they had with the bill. First, the amount of funding contained in the bill was less then the Interior Department's appropriation in 2003. Given the importance of the Interior Department in protecting and managing public lands, Progressives argued, the Interior appropriation should be augmented, not reduced, from the previous year's level. Second, Progressives voiced opposition to administration-supported language in the bill which would increase the access of recreational snowmobiles to national parks (see Roll Call Vote #385). Recreational snowmobiles, Progressives noted, have been a leading cause of environmental damage in national parks. Third, Progressives objected to provisions in the legislation which would grant commercial interests such as logging and mining companies greater access to federally-managed lands (see Roll Call Votes 386 and 388). In the view of Progressives, commercial activities threaten to corrupt the natural beauty of wilderness areas. Despite opposition from Progressives, the Interior appropriations bill was adopted on a 268-152 vote.

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