The new year is certainly getting off to a good start, with Rep. Mike Simpson reintroducing his bill to protect some of central Idaho's special wild places, and with our newest member of Congress, Democrat Walt Minnick, joining him as a cosponsor. Congratulations you two on working together. Not only is the CIEDRA measure good for Idaho and the result of years of collaboration and hard work, it is a solid, sensible and truly bipartisan bill.
In these times of uncertainty—on everything from our jobs, health care and the ongoing wars—it's heartening that a Republican and Democrat are working together to ensure that some of the most spectacular public lands in our state will stay just as they are. I hope this year finally brings passage of the bill, to assure protection of this wilderness, its wildlife and its precious solitude, which it so deserves.
I will continue to encourage Idaho's representatives to improve as well as add portions of the North Fork of the Big Wood River to this bill. This will truly make it one that we can be proud of. I encourage others to do the same.