Arkansans in House split 3-1 on wilderness bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Arkansans in the House of Representatives split 3-1 along party lines Wednesday when members of the chamber voted 285-140 to approve a bill setting aside more than 2 million acres in nine states as protected wilderness.

More than 1,000 miles of rivers in nearly a dozen states also would gain protections. The legislation now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Voting for the bill were 247 Democrats - including Reps. Marion Berry, Mike Ross and Vic Snyder, all D-Ark. - and 38 Republicans.

Voting no were four Democrats and 136 Republicans, including Rep. John Boozman, R-Ark.

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