11/29/2012 - ''There's nothing that invigorates Washington quite like a presidential election. But with record sums spent this year, much on negative ads, many in the press have questioned if returning members of Congress will be able to bridge today's partisan divide.
It is worth noting that we have been here before. Fortunately, there is a long tradition of members putting aside their partisan differences to find areas of compromise, even after the most heated of political seasons. America’s public lands have often provided that catalyst.
In 1964, for example, a year of remarkable tumult, there were bitterly fought struggles over civil rights measures. Yet that September, after a poisonous summer, the Wilderness Protection Act passed by nearly unanimous vote.
Designed to 'secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource,' the Wilderness Act was a product of impressive bipartisan cooperation — a multi-year effort championed by Sen. Hubert Humphrey (D-Min.) and Rep. John Saylor (R-Pa.). With its enactment the United States became the first nation in the world to create a system to define and designate wilderness areas by law.''
Read the full article, Protecting National Treasures Should be Bipartisan Affair, on The Hill's website.