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Omnibus s.22 Land Grab Defeated in House

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Update on Omnibus Public Lands Legislation

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

Greg Mumm called early this morning with an update on the Omnibus Public Lands bill. I thought I'd pass it along to our Action Alert subscribers. Greg said there is a lot of uncertainty about where this massive bill goes next. Greg wanted me to caution BRC's members: the omnibus package is far from dead and the Wilderness lobby is working hard to jam it through without the normal congressional review process.

An article by Noelle Straub and Eric Bontrager from E&E news (http://www.eenews.net) quoted West Virginia Congressman Nick Rahall as saying he knew the vote was close, but that "a lot of groups came out of the woodwork" in the final days leading up to the vote. The article also quoted Utah Congressman Rob Bishop as saying it was a mistake for the Senate to pass such a large package. "If they have to lump these bills together, they could easily pass it by removing any bills members object to, which would truly make it a noncontroversial bill," Bishop was reported as saying.

In order to be passed, normal House rules would have to be suspended, which require a two-thirds majority vote. The final vote was 282 to 144, one vote short of the 2/3 margin.

Straub and Bontrager reported that an amendment to ensure no public lands were closed to hunting and fishing, offered by Pennsylvania Congressman Jason Altmire, was a key factor in the vote. The story also speculated on possible scenarios where the bill may still pass under "closed rules."

It is clear that the legislation contained in the omnibus package is not dead. Worse, possible scenarios are being considered that will prohibit full review as well as opportunity to offer amendments.

BRC will keep our members posted and let you know the next development in this bizarre chapter in public land politics.

Brian Hawthorne

Public Lands Policy Director

BlueRibbon Coalition

208-237-1008 ext 102

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This bill shows that now, more than ever, we as off-road enthusiasts, must become more active in the national fight for our right to enjoy our public lands in an inclusive way. This country has voted-in a very "green" president who was put in office with support from the Sierra Club and others. I hope and pray that he is as reasonable as he says he is, and will consider the impact to families and children who use our public land for recreation and family bonding, before making sweeping legislation locking us out.

Recent actions including the red-sticker program in California, the Omnibus Land Bill, and the national mini-bike sales ban, are literal "shots over the bow" to test if we will respond to an all out attack.

All of us must become more active, me included, if we are to continue to enjoy this great land of ours with the freedoms we have had thus far! Don't give up, there is something you can do. Get informed first. Spend fifteen minutes online and research some of these actions. Believe it or not, these "green" organizations are more fearful of us than they let on. There are creative solutions to fighting back. But, unless we work in unity it will be for not.

This forum should be at the top of the forum list, not the very bottom!

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March 11 House Vote, not passed, bill is dead.

Thank God for small favors.


Here's another article on the defeat:


NOT DEAD.:) REVOTE ON MONDAY MARCH 16TH. Get those emails and calls going again. Its now called HR. 146.



Email I just got from the AMA:

Omnibus Public Lands Bill to be Voted on Monday, March 16!

Call your Senators NOW!

The American Motorcyclist Association urges everyone to contact their Senators to vote "No" on H.R. 146, the Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Battlefield Acquisition Grant Program. This bill was formerly known as S. 22, the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, which would prohibit all motorized vehicle access including motorcycles and ATVs on over 2 million acres of public lands. As you may know, S. 22 was defeated just days ago on March 11 in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Now, following defeat of the bill, the U.S. Senate leadership is expected to employ a little used parliamentary procedure that allows them to overcome the outcome of the House vote on S. 22.

The U.S. House of Representatives preserved your access to vital public lands when S. 22 fell two votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass on March 11th. The successful defeat of the bill was only accomplished after thousands of concerned individuals, like you, contacted their Representatives to tell them to oppose the legislation. However, the Senate Leadership wants to try and un-do that success by bringing the bill back as a 1,300 page amendment to an unrelated bill for a vote as early as Monday.

With such a short time frame for action, the best way to tell your Senators to vote "No" on H.R. 146 is to call. Click here to get the phone number for your Senators. Enter your zip code in the "Find Your Officials" box and click on the name of your Senators.

If you would prefer to contact your Senators with e-mail, you may contact your Senators by clicking here. We have pre-written a letter for your use.

Immediate action is critical to help keep 2.1 million acres of public land open to motorized recreation. Please call your Senators and tell everyone you can to do the same.

Next week, every Senator must know to vote "No" on H.R. 146!

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This is just the beginning with this :) group of legislators. And everyone is SO happy :banghead:

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