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Shutdown’s End Yields Opportunity for Conservation Bill Vote

Jan. 29, 2019, 10:28 PM

A government shutdown that is over for now, at least, has opened a window of opportunity for backers of a popular public lands and conservation package.

Those backers are floating a strategy of quick Senate passage of the package by not letting floor debate drag on, with the House taking up a Senate-passed bill.

“My guess is that this comes up pretty soon,” Sen. John Thune (S.D.), the chamber’s second-ranking Republican, told Bloomberg Environment. “You know, we’ve got a lot of our members interested, and a lot of Democrats interested, in a package.”

Nearly two years of congressional ...

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