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Senate votes to proceed with sneaky lands bill

March 17th, 2009 · No Comments · Politics of Riding

senate-vote-on-lands-bill-smallYesterday the U.S. Senate voted to proceed with a back-door, sneak attack to lock up more than 2.1 million acres of Public Lands making it illegal for responsible Americans to use them. The vote was 73 Yeas, 21 Nays.

The vote was actually a vote on cloture – a way to see if the Senate is ready to vote on a bill. The bill is H.R. 146: Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Battlefield Protection Act and “other purposes.” The other purpose being to serve as a carrier for a 1,300-page amendment that is the Omnibus Lands Bill — a measure that was defeated in the house last week — to deprive responsible Americans of access to 2 million acres of public land.

Given the huge margin of victory for the eco-nazi-Democrats and their Republican-In-Name-Only colleagues, this bill could pass easily. And responsible Americans will be deprived of hundreds of individual areas, comprising 2 million more acres of public lands, without so much as a minute’s discussion or debate on whether the individual parcels need that designation.

Pay attention to how your Senators voted. 15 Republicans voted for this motion, and could vote in favor of the bill. Four Republicans, including my own Saxby Chambliss, did not vote.

We need 15 Republicans to stand up like men (forget about Olympia Snow, who ought to be disowned by the party) and vote against taking away our right as Americans to use American public land. Had they voted Nay on this motion the bill would have been stalled and likely died. But they didn’t. And it didn’t. GovTrack has a full voting record on the motion for cloture.

It is still possible that this bill will not pass, if at least 15 Republicans vote Nay on the actual bill. This vote will show how your Senators feel about you, your right to ride, and your right to responsible use of public lands. Pay attention. And then let your Senator know you won’t forget their vote when your turn comes at the polls.

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