April 29, 2008(Key vote)
Title: Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that extends federal immigration laws to the Northern Mariana Islands, grants the Northern Mariana Islands a delegate in the U.S. House, contains water projects around the United States, designates a wilderness protection area in the state of Washington, and creates heritage areas.
Establishes a 106,000 acre wilderness preservation known as the "Wild Sky Wilderness" in the state of Washington (Sec. 101).
Applies United States immigration laws and immigration-related labor laws to the Northern Mariana Islands (Sec. 702).
Establishes a commission to study the possible creation of a National Museum of the American Latino (Sec. 333).
Creates the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area in Illinois (Sec. 443).
Creates the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area in New York (Sec. 423).
Provides the Northern Mariana Islands with a non-voting delegate in the United States House of Representatives (Sec. 711).
Increases the powers of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission, which is charged with establishing a permanent memorial for Former President Eisenhower (Sec. 332).
Expands the Minidoka Internment National Monument in Idaho to include the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Memorial site in Baingridge, Washington (Sec. 313).
NOTE: THIS VOTE WAS TAKEN UNDER A SUSPENSION OF THE RULES TO CUT OFF DEBATE EARLY AND VOTE TO PASS THE BILL, THEREBY REQUIRING A TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY FOR PASSAGE.