(Host) In Washington, the first bill passed by the new Congress was introduced by the Vermont delegation.
Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Representative Peter Welch introduced a bill to name Vermont’s White Rocks National Recreation area after the late Senator Robert Stafford.
Stafford, who was 93, died just before Christmas.
The White Rocks area covers more than twenty thousand acres of the Green Mountain National Forest in Rutland and Bennington Counties.
The new designation is being called a tribute to Stafford’s efforts on the environment, especially in his drafting of the 1984 Wilderness Act.
The bill passed through the Senate last night and through the House today. It now heads to the President for his signature.