Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) released the following statement on the House of Representative's passage of a bill to preserve the Green Mountain Lookout in the Glacier Peak Wilderness near Darrington, Washington. The bill, which passed the U.S. Senate on Thursday, now heads to President Obama's desk for signature.
"We are now one step closer to keeping Green Mountain Lookout where it belongs for future generations to enjoy," Cantwell said. "This bill will save a treasured local landmark that has stood atop Green Mountain for 80 years. I appreciate the work of the residents of Darrington, along with my colleagues in the Washington state delegation to secure bipartisan passage of this important bill."
U.S. Representatives Rick Larsen (D-WA-02) and Suzan DelBene (D-WA-01) introduced the Green Mountain Lookout bill (H.R. 908) in the House on February 28, 2013. On the same day, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Cantwell introduced companion legislation in the Senate.
On Thursday, April 3, Cantwell and Murray secured expedited, unanimous Senate passage of the bill.
Previously, Cantwell led the effort to pass the bill in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee. With Cantwell's support, the ENR Committee voted in support of the bill on December 19.