Military use of island shelved – for now

December 25, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Hunter made the concession after a meeting of House and Senate negotiators on the defense bill on which Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner, R-Va., and top Democrat Carl Levin, D-Mich., told him the Santa Rosa idea would run into procedural objections under Senate rules that could stall the entire bill. “What this language does is subject this bill to a point of order in the Senate and the whole bill goes down,” Levin said. After the meeting, Hunter agreed to drop the language, House and Senate officials said. Hunter’s spokesman had no immediate comment. Santa Rosa Island is the second-largest of the five islands that make up Channel Islands National Park. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee abandoned a plan to give the military recreational use of 53,000-acre Santa Rosa Island after senators warned him Friday that the provision could trip up a major defense bill. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., instead agreed to a deal offered by House Democrats to pursue the idea as stand-alone legislation after Congress reconvenes next year. His agreement cleared a final glitch for House and Senate negotiators putting the finishing touches on a defense policy bill lawmakers want to use to ban cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of terrorism detainees in U.S. custody. Hunter wanted to turn Santa Rosa Island, 40 miles off the coast of Santa Barbara County, into a recreation destination for disabled veterans and others. His proposal would have allowed hunting of nonnative elk and deer on the island to continue indefinitely, even though a court-ordered settlement calls for it to end in 2011. Environmentalist say the animals are harming the island’s natural environment and native species, and also were concerned Hunter’s plan would have amounted to putting the island under military control and keeping the public out. last_img

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