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At some point soon, the House will take up passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, passed itself by the Senate last week. The Senate vote was the major hurdle, the bill is expected to be approved by the House. Though, they might be tempted to make changes. Pork will maybe be stuffed into the casing somewhere. Riders, threatening the President’s signature could be attached. Congress would do well to re-read Wallace Stegner’s 1969 letter to that same body, arguing not for the use of Wilderness, but the idea of it. His words, set to beautiful visuals, as in this short, would seem to stir the souls of anyone in the halls of Congress.

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