Washington • Rep. Rob Bishop pushed through language in an emergency spending bill for Hurricane Sandy relief that precludes the government from buying any more property, a move environmentalists say could undermine access to national park sites.
Bishop's amendment, which passed the House late Tuesday on a near party-line vote of 223-198, is aimed at ensuring the National Park Service doesn't try to add land to its inventory instead of using funds to repair Sandy-damaged parks.
After the amendment passed, Bishop, along with fellow Utah GOP Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Chris Stewart, voted against the overall Sandy relief bill. Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, backed it.