The Star Tribune reports that Congress passes long-stalled bill to expand wilderness protection in 9 states:
The legislation, which opponents, mostly Republicans, called a "land grab" that would block energy development on vast swaths of federal land, is on its way to President Barack Obama for his likely signature.
The House passed the bill, 285-140, Wednesday, the final step in a long legislative road that began last year.
Among the Minnesota delegation, Democrats Keith Ellison, Betty McCollum, James Oberstar and Tim Walz and Republican Erik Paulsen backed the bill. Republican Michele Bachmann and Democrat Collin Peterson voted against it. . . .
Read the whole thing in the Strib.
Photo: Scene from the Jefferson National Forest via Greenpeace.