In perhaps just the most recent example of legislative might, U.S. Rep. Don Young of Alaska is determined to kick the National Park Service out of the water at Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.
The Republican, outraged that park rangers handcuffed a 70-year-old last fall when he failed to meet their requests to answer a few questions and show them his boat registration papers, Congressman Young attached a rider to the Interior funding bill last week that "(F)orbids the National Park Service from enforcing regulations activities on waters in Alaska’s Yukon-Charley National Preserve."
If you read news accounts of what transpired, it seems as if misunderstandings and over-reactions on both sides precipitated the confrontation. While a bench trial in the matter has yet to return a verdict on who was in the wrong, Congressman Young has made up his mind.
“I am very pleased that my colleagues (on the House Appropriations Committee) were able to see the glaring overreach by the Park Service in Yukon-Charley. The inclusion of my request (to forbid NPS enforcement on the Yukon River) is important to preserving the freedoms of Alaskans, and to protecting ANILCA," the Republican said in a prepared statement.
Another "highlight" of the Interior funding bill cited by Congressman Young is a provision to block "judicial review from any effort to delist gray wolves in Wyoming and the Great Lakes states."