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Red_Chili
03-15-2009, 07:50 AM
Omnibus Public Lands Bill is still alive and to be voted on Monday March 16!
Thursday 12 March was a sad day for Americans who enjoy traveling the great outdoors and for international observers of the US law making process.
One of the biggest land use Bills, the once named Omnibus Bill, now tacked onto H.R. 146, has been engineered in Congress to allow minimal discussion despite its complexity and huge implications to 4x4 recreation, energy resources etc..
It is vital that you call or email your Senators and representatives immediately, to demand that they vote NO to the passage of H.R. 146 in its present form. The House votes on Monday afternoon.
To find your Officials, the AMA have a useful system on www.amadirectlink.com/legisltn/rapidresponse.asp (http://www.benchmarkemail.com/c/l?iLNXk11LHkNEVzSxCvTY3Gw9RtbghsczviSpECcifY6929ztPv5Ef0d33Q0GmfSr)
The irony is that H.R. 146 is the Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Battlefield Protection Act Bill, to recognise those sites in US history where citizens died for their beliefs.
http://rpc.senate.gov/public/_files/hotline0.html (http://www.benchmarkemail.com/c/l?OWU5ljK2iTmY4hypadY8uPEr7W%252Ft%252FTGWe1dsM%252FgEw0mYmqoh%252Byl1JZdMRIEsFg%252BF)
http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h146/show (http://www.benchmarkemail.com/c/l?PQUgrIwBKWX5W6lgxqWBszVBpHfYAMQTKyQsjKvA8JFK2kGTN9wEPBJBf%252BXlOWc4)
http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-...6&position=all (http://www.benchmarkemail.com/c/l?HWw6261jLWmxXjZEwLsjFFjPAor%252FPCLdYRtCTHjgQ%252BSSGFCjF4xFUAXtBiuX0pXT)

Red_Chili
03-16-2009, 09:11 AM
BRC Urgent Action Alert
Immediate Action Requested

Omnibus Package Revived In Senate - Vote Scheduled Today

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 (http://www.sharetrails.org/rapid_response/) 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

Red_Chili
03-18-2009, 08:18 AM
Senate set to send Omnibus to House
Calls to Congressional Offices Increasing
BRC urges: Keep Pressure On - But Shift Calls to House of Representatives

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Dear BRC Action Alert Subscribers,

Latest news on omnibus lands bill:

Although the official vote in the Senate has not yet taken place, we must be honest and say that the bill is likely to pass either tomorrow or Thursday.

This sends the bill back to the House, and the leadership there is expected to suspend normal rules in order to jam it through without debate or chance of amendments. As we noted in the previous action alert, D.C. insiders expect House leadership to call the legislation up as a "preferential bill," which would prohibit committee review and limit amendments.

For more information on the Omnibus Land Bill, see our previous alerts here (http://www.sharetrails.org/alerts/).
(http://www.sharetrails.org/alerts/)

Important info:
I need to mention that the number of calls on this omnibus bill have increased over the last few weeks. This is really rare for long running marathon bills like this one.

Your calls are making a difference and many of the legislators you are calling are starting to question why, in a time of financial crisis, is it so important to jam through a $10 - $12 billion land bill.

Another question that should be asked is, "Why is there no opportunity for an amendment?"

I'll take this opportunity to mention a few Congressmen asking the tough questions, including Utah's Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz, California's Devin Nunes, Florida's Alcee Hastings, Montana's Denny Rehberg and Oklahoma's Mary Fallin, just to name a few.

Honorable mention goes to Wyoming's Cynthia Lummis, who penned a very well reasoned letter as to why she could not vote for the omnibus bill. I encourage all BRC Action Alert Subscribers to take a minute to read what she said. http://lummis.house.gov/2009/03/lummis-votes-no-on-big-spending-lands-package.shtml (http://lummis.house.gov/2009/03/lummis-votes-no-on-big-spending-lands-package.shtml)

What you need to do:
BRC is asking all of our members and supporters to call their Senators AND their Representatives NOW. Finding their phone number is easy. Just enter your zip code on BRC's Rapid Response Center webpage at http://www.sharetrails.org/rapid_response/.

For Maximum Effectiveness:
Call both Senators and your Congressperson. Three quick phone calls. Simply tell them that you oppose the Omnibus Public Lands Act of 2009. Tell them you oppose putting public lands bills into these "all or nothing" omnibus packages.

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

Red_Chili
03-18-2009, 08:28 AM
Folks, this does not take long. Just make three calls and tell them you don't want our public lands managed without an opportunity for debate, the issues are just too important. Don't jam it through.