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From a Trout Unlimited press release:

_The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, sending the most significant collection of conservation measures to come before Congress in a quarter of a century to President Obama for his signature. The final vote in favor of the measure was 285-140.

_”What makes this measure so noteworthy,” said Chris Wood, chief operating officer for Trout Unlimited, “is that hunters and anglers were so vocal and vital in advocating for the bill’s passage. . . .

_Two weeks ago, the act was foundering–it failed by two votes to reach a two-thirds majority in the House after being presented for approval under rules suspension . . . . [But early Wednesday], the House gave the bill its final seal of approval, much to the delight of the sporting community from coast to coast.

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