America's Red Rock Wilderness Act (ARWA) continues to gain supporters in Congress, after being reintroduced in April by its champions, Representative Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) and Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL). In addition to our champions, the bill now has 138 cosponsors in the House and a record 18 in the Senate. Are your Senators and Representative among them?
Among the new cosponsors of the landmark legislation are eleven freshmen representatives, including Representatives Gerald McNerney (CA-11), Ed Perlmutter (CO-07), Joe Courtney (CT-02), Chris Murphy (CT-05), Hank Johnson (GA-04), Mazie Hirono (HI-02), JohnYarmuth (KY-03), Keith Ellison (MN-05), John Hall (NY-19), Betty Sutton (OH-13), and Steve Cohen (TN-09). These new members deserve special thanks for making protection of Utah's spectacular wilderness a priority at the very beginning of their Congressional careers.
Another new cosponsor is incumbent Republican Ray LaHood (IL-18).
In the Senate, new cosponsors include returning incumbents Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Tom Harkin (D-IA), as well as freshman Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). They too deserve our thanks.