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An America drowning in red ink is the land of the free no more
Topic - Dan Benishek
The U.S. House approved a bill Tuesday designating more than 32,000 acres of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as a federal wilderness, the final legislative hurdle for a proposal that has been debated locally for more than a decade.
Holland Sentinel. Feb. 9.
A bill that would designate 32,000 acres of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as wilderness is moving closer to congressional approval.
As Veterans Day arrives, members of Congress have plenty of proposals on how to honor them — including one Iowa Democrat, Rep. Bruce L. Braley, who has written a bill granting many veterans in the private sector the day off.
House Republicans said Wednesday that the Veterans Affairs Department may not be ready to handle hundreds of thousands of veterans who may sign up for health benefits next year to meet the new individual mandate under President Obama's health-care law.
Liberal and environmental groups that have been dramatically outspent in the 2012 election cycle are nevertheless wielding outsized influence by focusing their campaign cash on down-ballot races that typically see comparatively low levels of spending.
Shortly after Rep. Dan Benishek arrived in Washington, staffers raised a banner that proclaimed to visitors in his Capitol Hill suite: "If you are here to ask for more money, you're in the wrong office!"
Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Iron River, noted that the House Committee on Natural Resources recently approved a draft of legislation that would designate about 32,500 acres of the 111-square-mile park as wilderness area.
"Northern Michigan is very fortunate to be home to this extraordinary stretch of shoreline," Benishek said. "This bill strikes a common sense, balanced approach between conservation and recreation that nearly all Michiganders will support. I am hopeful that we can get this bill passed and delivered to the president's desk so that future generations will also be able to enjoy the natural wonder that is Sleeping Bear Dunes."