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Simpson, Labrador Split Budget Vote

Also: Senate passes cuts 81-19, both Idaho senators vote no/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise

The House has passed a compromise budget plan to cut $37.8 billion in spending for 2010-11 — with Idaho's Republicans divided on the idea. Second District Rep. and House Appropriations Commiittee member Mike Simpson voted for the bill, which passed 260-167. First District Rep. Raul Labrador voted no. The plan contains two add-ons sought by Simpson: language to remove Idaho and Montana wolves from the endangered species list, and language banning the Bureau of Land Management from spending money on a "wild lands" policy that, according to critics, could open the door to additional federal wilderness/Kevin Richert, Statesman. More here.

Question: Are you happy with the compromise federal budget for 2010-11?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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