According to the National Wildlife Federation, the budget resolution recently passed by the House Budget Committee is a “victory for wildlife” in that it is free of language facilitating Arctic National Wildlife Refuge drilling or the sale of federal lands to fund rural schools.

Of the latter issue, NWF president Larry Schweiger says, “America needs a permanent solution to funding rural schools that does not abandon hunters, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts who depend on access to public lands. Once these lands are sold they are lost forever.”

This development is far from a complete victory however, as both arctic drilling and the public-land sale will come up again during the House-Senate conference process.