Home > newsroom > Page
Democrats Use Heavy-Handed Tactics to Pass Massive Lands Bill


WASHINGTON, D.C., March 25, 2009 - House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement today following passage of the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act:

“After using every legislative trick in their procedural playbook, Democrat leaders finally managed today to pass a $10 billion, 1200-page bill without fair and open Congressional review.  The appalling lack of transparency in this process is even more troubling because this bill increases unchecked federal spending, denies disabled individuals’ true access to wilderness areas, weakens our border security, and prohibits American-made energy production and new jobs on federal lands. Democrat Leaders also failed to use this legislation to restore Americans’ Second Amendment rights on federal park lands that were struck down last week by a federal judge.

House members proposed bipartisan amendments to address each of these issues – but Democrats blocked their consideration.  The passage of this bill is another disappointing display of heavy-handed Democrat tactics that rely on secret, backroom bill writings that are then jammed through without any opportunity for alternatives or improvement.”

# # #

Print version of this document


Contact: Emily Lawrimore or Jill Strait (202) 226-2311

Latest News

Bishop Statement on the Appointment of Brian Steed as Director of the Bureau of Land Management

Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in reaction to the appointment of Brian Steed as Acting Director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM): “Brian Steed has the expertise to hel...... Read more

Financial Controls Over Federal Assistance Dominates Hearing on Hurricane Recovery in U.S. Territories

Today, the Full Committee held an oversight hearing on “The Need for Transparent Financial Accountability in Territories' Disaster Recovery Efforts." The panel reviewed the financial needs of both Pue...... Read more

Committee Passes Bipartisan SECURE American Energy Act

Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 4239, the “Strengthening the Economy with Critical Untapped Resources to Expand American Energy Act” or “SECURE American Energy Act.” The bi...... Read more

View All News

Calendar

No upcoming scheduled events

View All Events