Bill comes back from the dead

  Undaunted by a defeat in the House, Utah Rep. Jim Hansen advanced a park-closing bill by hooking it to other legislation. On Sept. 19, the House voted 231-180 against creating an independent park commission that would recommend parks for elimination. Ten hours later, Hansen tacked the bill on as a rider to the House Budget Reconciliation Package.

"Not even Jesus came back from the dead so quickly," said Tom Adams with the National Parks and Conservation Association. Adams says its inclusion as part of the important budget bill makes House debate or a veto by President Clinton less likely.

Allen Freemyer, a staff member on Hansen's subcommittee, defended the move: "I don't think the vote truly represents the feeling of the entire House."

" Warren Cornwall
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