1980 Scorecard Vote
S. 2009. The vote is on the Symms amendment to reduce the wilderness area set aside in the bill from 2.2 million acres to 1.8 million acres, and reduce from 178 to 125 miles in the Salmon River designated as wild and scenic and therefore protected. The Symms amendment would have cut the heart out of the River of No Return Wilderness, which includes most of the Salmon River drainage basin. It also would have set a damaging precedent by blocking further wilderness consideration for all other road-less areas in Idaho and releasing them for development. This was the first test of such "wilderness release" language on the House floor. Rejected 179-214. April 16, 1980. NO is the correct vote.