Oregon lawmakers want to partner with President Obama to short-circuit GOP opposition to creating new wilderness areas
Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio is leading a Democratic Party charge to convince President Barack Obama to use his powers of the Executive branch to designate new wilderness areas even if Republicans continue to bottle up wildland preservation bills in Congress.
DeFazio, who is the ranking Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, along with Rep. Raul Grijalva, led over 100 House Democrats recently in a new drive to convince the Obama administration to designate several new or expanded national monuments around the country. Other Oregon Representatives Suzanne Bonamici and Earl Blumenauer, both D-Oregon, were among those joining DeFazio.
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