What: All Issues : Environment : Wildlife/Forest/Wilderness/Land Conservation : H.R. 2691. Fiscal 2004 Interior Appropriations/Vote to Defeat an Administration-Backed Provision Designed to Reverse the Scheduled Phase-Out of Recreational Snowmobiles in National Parks. (2003 house Roll Call 385)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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H.R. 2691. Fiscal 2004 Interior Appropriations/Vote to Defeat an Administration-Backed Provision Designed to Reverse the Scheduled Phase-Out of Recreational Snowmobiles in National Parks.
house Roll Call 385     Jul 17, 2003
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After ten years of study, the National Park Service issued an environmental impact statement in 2000 which recommended the phase-out of recreational snowmobilies in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. The Park Service's report identified recreational snowmobiles as a major cause of environmental degradation in the National Parks. The Bush Administration, unhappy with the report's conclusions, required the Park Service to conduct a second study into the impact of recreational snowmobiles in the two National Parks. The second report by the Park Service reached the same conclusion; that snowmobiles had caused environmental damage in the two National Parks. In response, the administration and Republican lawmakers inserted a provision into the 2004 Interior appropriations bill which would ignore the reports by the National Park Service and allow snowmobiles continued access to the National Parks. During debate on the Interior appropriation bill, Representative Holt (D-NJ) introduced an amendment which would have deleted the administration's snowmobile provision and thereby maintained the scheduled phase-out of snowmobiles. Progressives endorsed Holt's proposal as a way to safeguard the National Parks from air pollution, noise pollution, and other environmentally-damaging consequences of snowmobile traffic on pristine federal lands. On a tie vote of 210-210, the Holt amendment was defeated and, despite recommendations by the National Park Service to the contrary, continued snowmobile use in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks was allowed (legislation which results in a tie vote is defeated).

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