What: All Issues : Environment : Wildlife/Forest/Wilderness/Land Conservation : (H.R. 1) On an amendment that would have eliminated $35 million in funding for the purchase of new land by the federal government. This amendment was offered to legislation funding the federal government (such legislation is known as a “continuing resolution, or “CR”) through September 2011, and cutting $61 billion in federal funding for many government programs. (2011 house Roll Call 61)
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(H.R. 1) On an amendment that would have eliminated $35 million in funding for the purchase of new land by the federal government. This amendment was offered to legislation funding the federal government (such legislation is known as a “continuing resolution, or “CR”) through September 2011, and cutting $61 billion in federal funding for many government programs.
house Roll Call 61     Feb 16, 2011
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

This was a vote on an amendment by Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) that would have eliminated $35 million in funding for the purchase of new land by the federal government. (The amendment would have cut all funding available for this program for the remainder of 2011.) This amendment was offered to legislation funding the federal government (such legislation is known as a “continuing resolution, or “CR”) through September 2011, and cutting $61 billion in federal funding for many government programs.

Lummis urged support for her amendment: “My amendment…would strike the remaining funding for this 6 months in this year totaling $35 million from the budgets of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the BLM [Bureau of Land Management] and the Forest Service for the purpose of buying new federal land. There are many alternatives to buying land with cash that would allow them to continue using Yankee ingenuity, and those include land exchanges.”

Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) opposed the amendment: “…This amendment represents a complete elimination of a bipartisan program that has existed for 45 years…. It will hurt willing seller landowners by preventing agencies from finishing out commitments that are already in place….many landowners, ranging from elderly widowers and family trusts to ranchers and forest owners, have pressing financial needs that now depend on completion of these ongoing land and water conservation projects.”

The House rejected this amendment by a vote of 213-216. Voting “yea” were 207 Republicans and 6 Democrats. 184 Democrats and 32 Republicans voted “nay.” As a result, the House rejected an amendment that would have eliminated $35 million in funding for the purchase of new land by the federal government.

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