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This is an AAPL forward of a BRC Urgent Action Alert

Immediate Action Requested

Omnibus Package Revived In Senate - Vote Scheduled Today

See how to call your Senator below!!!

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

In our last update on the massive omnibus public lands bill, we cautioned our members that the package is far from dead. We wrote: "Worse, possible scenarios are being considered that will prohibit full review as well as opportunity to offer amendments."

True to form, Congress is pushing ahead with yet another vehicle for the omnibus package. This time it's H.R. 146 - "The Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Battlefield Acquisition Grant Program." This otherwise worthy bill will be amended to include the contents of the omnibus package. The Senate is expected to take the bill up at 2 p.m. eastern with the first cloture vote due as early as 5:30 p.m.

At this point it looks as if the Senate leadership will either strike a deal to limit amendments in order for the bill to move quickly, or they will just push it through without allowing any opportunity for amendments. Either way, the bill is likely to see its first cloture vote TODAY!

If the Senate passes the measure it is expected that House leadership will attempt to jam it through via one or more "closed rule" options. D.C. insiders expect House leadership to call the legislation up as a "preferential bill," which would prohibit committee review and limit amendments.

BRC is asking all of our members and supporters to call their Senators NOW. Finding their phone number is easy. Click here and enter your Zip code. Simply tell your Senator that you oppose the Omnibus Public Lands Act and you want them to vote NO on H.R. 146.

Be brief. Be polite. Do it NOW.

As always, if you have any questions or need assistance call or email.

Brian Hawthorne

Public Lands Policy Director

BlueRibbon Coalition

208-237-1008 ext 102

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I just spoke to Brian Hawthorn regarding this since I cant seem to

make heads or tails were this is at. He is still suggesting contacting

Senate and Congress reps. Its still waiting for second senate vote

with amendments then back to house when/if it passes though Senate.


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I just got off the phone with Brian Hawthorne, BRC's public lands guy.

He was working on an omnibus update when I called. He said it looks like the omnibus will through the Senate tomorrow or Thursday. That will put the bill back in the House soon, but Brian said the House Leadership was planning on suspending the normal rules in order to jam it through. That usually takes a 2/3 vote so there is still a chance to stop it. Brian asked me to ask you to call your Congressman AND your Senators.

Link to phone number lookup at BRC. http://www.sharetrails.org/rapid_response/

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I wonder if Fienstien or Boxer would actually listen to their constituents? Probably not, but I'll try.

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