UPDATE: Federal Budget Passes House and Senate; Wolf ESA Delisting is Attached


Idaho's delegation split their vote, but the U.S. House of Representatives passed compromise legislation this afternoon, financing the federal government through the remainder of the fiscal year with $38 billion in spending cuts. The vote was 260-167 with Rep. Mike Simpson voting "yes," and Rep. Raul Labrador voting no." The bill moved over to the Senate, where it is expected to pass quickly before being sent to President Barack Obama's desk. The U.S. Senate voted 81-19 in favor of the bill, with Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch both voting "no." The measure is expected to be signed in short order by President Barack Obama.

The 2011 spending plan includes a precedent-setting rider that will lift Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in five Western states, including Idaho. It's estimated that there are approximately 1,650 gray wolves in the Intermountain West.

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter said the delisting measure "gives control back to the state, where it should have been all along."