Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Taunton River Wild and Scenic River Bill Passes

The July 16, 2008 House of Representatives Calendar states:

H.R. 415 - To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the Taunton River in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers (Rep. Frank – Natural Resources) (Subject to a Rule [H.Res. 1339])

The Taunton River, properly named Cotuhticut (Titicut) in the Wampanoag Indian language, is a 600 square mile watershed that occupies most of southeastern Massachusetts. It starts at the largest natural lakes in Massachusetts: Assawompsett, Nanapocksha, Apponequet and Wampettoquettoquash (Quittacus for short) and empties into Montaup (Mount Hope Bay) in Rhode Island. It is the home of Massasoit, who saved the pilgrims from starving at the first Thanksgiving.

My brother Tim has a nice photo essay on this.

House Republicans oppose the bill, because it might, perhaps, in even a small way, benefit melanin-enchanced citizens.

UPDATE: The bill was passed by the House on Wednesday, July 16, 2007 by vote of 242 - 175 (Roll no. 507).

All of the opposing votes were Republicans.

What a bunch of pathetic losers.

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