Vol. 1, Issue 1: March 5, 2009
In This Issue
Senate Work Has Begun
It is hard to believe I have been your U.S. Senator now for over 50 days. It has been an incredibly busy time with a number of important issues to handle. I appreciate the confidence you have shown by entrusting me with this responsibility, and I will work hard to keep your trust.
Again, Vicki and I thank you for this opportunity to serve you and the citizens of the great state of Idaho.
First Senate Vote Protects Lands, Livelihoods
I cast my first vote as a U.S. Senator on Sunday, January 11 on S. 22. The bill was a collection of public land issues Congress had been working on for the past few years, including land use legislation for the Owyhee Canyonlands and other areas of Owyhee County.
Stimulus Package Activity
The so-called stimulus package is now law, despite my opposition. The 1,071 pages of legislation, pictured at left, came with a price tag of nearly $800 billion and more than $1 trillion with interest figured in.
I have co-sponsored several bills that I believe are important. One that I think is critical to pass is S. 298, the Financial Markets Commission Act.
Wolf Delisting Work Ahead
Idaho’s attempt to have the gray wolf removed from the Endangered Species Act and managed by the state has been halted once again. Despite the filing of federal rules in December by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that would allow the states of Idaho and Montana to manage the wolf populations within their borders, the President halted the implementation of all rules pending a review by the new Administration. That is certainly within his purview to do, but a long delay is not in the best interest of the state.
Roadless Rule Hits Speedbump
In 2006 when I served as your 31st governor, I worked to resolve a serious issue involving the designation of 9.3 million acres of Idaho as roadless. Without any input from the state and local citizens in 2001 the Clinton administration placed a large chunk of Idaho off limits to multiple use.