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Alaska Lands Bills Whip Advisory

Alaska Lands Bills Whip Advisory/tiles/non-collection/l/lfp_024imgtile1.xml
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Alaska Lands Bills Whip Advisory/tiles/non-collection/l/lfp_024imgtile2.xml
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In 1978, land use restrictions in Alaska were set to end, potentially opening up the wilderness to industrial use and development. The 95th Congress attempted to draft and pass a bill to conserve Alaskan lands. The legislation was debated, amended, and passed by the House, but failed to pass in the Senate. To preserve the wilderness as part of the National Park system without legislation, President Jimmy Carter designated more than 55 million acres as national monuments. Congress continued to debate Alaska land legislation, and ultimately passed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act in 1980. Between 1978 and 1980, numerous Alaska bills were introduced. Created by the office of the Majority Whip, a Whip Advisory summarizes floor action and potential amendments to current legislation as a reference for Members. This 1978 House record is Majority Whip John Brademas's advisory for one version of the Alaska Lands Bill, H.R. 12625.

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