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Congressman Rob Bishop

Representing the 1st District of Utah

Bishop Maintains Provision to Protect Training Range

December 19, 2007
Press Release
Congressman Rob Bishop has announced that the US House has blocked efforts to get rid of an existing statute which protects the Utah Test and Training Range. The current provision, commonly referred to as the Hansen Moratorium, protects the land around the range from development, including the potential storage of high level nuclear waste nearby on the Goshute Reservation.

Under a recently-passed Senate version of the annual Defense Authorization Bill, the statute was scheduled to sunset, or in other words be rescinded, within six years. But Congressman Bishop, whose district includes the training range, fought to have that sunset provision removed in the final version of the legislation passed last night by the full House of Representatives.

"The range needs to be protected," Congressman Bishop said, "and it needs to be protected long term. While preserving the Hansen moratorium protection for six more years was good, it wasn't good enough, so I'm glad we were successful in defeating that proposed sunset."

Bishop was aided in his work to preserve the range protections by Utah's two other Congressmen, Chris Cannon and Jim Matheson, who have come together in the past to defend Utah's military interests. Mr. Bishop added, "I appreciate Representative Cannon and Representative Matheson both helping out in this effort, at just the right times and with just the right approach."

The House and Senate had recently passed differing versions of the Defense Authorization Bill, which grants billions in budget authority for the Department of Defense, as well as sets policies, programs and funding levels for the nation's military. But it was only this week that the final version reconciling the differences came up for a final vote.

Congressman Bishop, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, previously announced that the bill also includes tens of millions of dollars in funding authorizations for military-related projects in Utah, many at Hill Air Force Base.

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