In this message I've listed the links for the reauthorization legislation for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the committee's that the bills will have to go through. Then, the Public Land News just released the following article stating what most of us already knew, Wyden is behind the land grabs occuring in the state......Rob T.
Senators Wyden and Reid Planning 2013 Omnibus Federal Lands Bill
Please read this excerpt from Public Lands News (Jan. 18, 2013):
Conservation legislation at the top of Wyden’s list
Despite the failure of the last Congress to act on dozens if not hundreds of conservation bills, new Senate Energy Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) intends to tackle the backlog first thing this year.
“To that end, one of Sen. Wyden’s first priorities will be to pass the dozens of lands bills left over from last Congress,” said Wyden’s press assistant Samantha Offerdahl. “As you may know, Sen. Wyden introduced several wilderness bills that didn’t move last year, including proposals to protect thousands of acres of wilderness land near Devil’s Staircase, Cathedral Rock, Horse Heaven and Wild Rogue in Oregon.”
As usual the obstacle last year was the Senate’s filibuster rule.Faced with the press of other business, such as Hurricane Sandy
relief, Senate leaders did not choose to offer either an omnibus wildlife bill, an omnibus lands bill or a combination of the two on the floor.
Wyden intends to meet that Senate impasse head on. “Generally, Sen. Wyden has said that he would like to restore the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to something resembling the success of the committee in the past,” said Offerdahl.
“That means routinely passing public lands bills important to the nation, and moving through the gridlock that halted the progress of public lands bills many members of the Senate introduced in previous years.”
House members have already begun reintroducing park and rec bills this month for the 113th Congress, with a handful of minor measures in the hopper. For instance Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) introduced a bill (HR 250) January 15 that would
require Congressional approval of any national monument designated by a President. Senators will begin introducing their bills January 22.
Last year the Senate Energy Committee, under former chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), did not get around to going public with an omnibus lands bill that was expected to include 100 or so individual bills, although it reportedly assembled a measure. Those individual bills would have designated new national parks, designated wild and scenic rivers, designated wilderness areas, authorized land exchanges and much more.
A wildlife bill composed of 19 individual measures promoted by sportsmen effectively expired on the Senate floor Nov. 26,
2012, when Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) demanded a procedural vote on the budget impacts of the bill (S 3525). Sixty votes were needed to keep the bill alive, but only 50 senators voted for it.
Some of the items in the wildlife bill were also candidates for the omnibus lands bill, if not the whole measure.
All the conservation legislation will have to start over in this 113th Congress; however, the odds will be slightly more favorable because Wyden intends to move aggressively on them. In addition Democrats who tend to support omnibus land bills and omnibus wildlife bills made modest gains in the November 6 elections.
The Senate Energy Committee had been taking the lead in assembling an omnibus bill but Senate Democratic leaders did not give clearance for floor consideration. For its part the House Natural Resources Committee moved more than 100 land bills through the House floor, only to see them die in the Senate.
End of Public Lands News article excerpt.
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