What: All Issues : Environment : Wildlife/Forest/Wilderness/Land Conservation : HR 146. (Public lands bill) Motion to kill an amendment that would require an annual report on how much federal land each agency owns and the cost of maintaining it/On the motion (2009 senate Roll Call 104)
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HR 146. (Public lands bill) Motion to kill an amendment that would require an annual report on how much federal land each agency owns and the cost of maintaining it/On the motion
senate Roll Call 104     Mar 19, 2009
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

This vote was on an amendment by Tom Coburn, R-Okla., that would require an annual report on how much land each department of the federal government owns, as well as the total cost of maintaining that land.  The amendment was offered to a bill that would expand wilderness areas and national parks by more than 2 million acres.

Coburn said his amendment just makes good business sense.
“This requires 1 year of hard work and requires very little work anyway after that. So it is not an onerous task. But even if it were an onerous task, the thing we ought to be doing is getting the information with which to make good management decisions, which we continue to not want to have, so it can be an excuse so we can do what we want to do without knowing what the facts are,” Coburn said.  “Nobody would run any organization without trying to know about their assets. Yet we are going to refuse to list out and know what we own, where it is, where we are behind, what needs to get fixed, and what does not need to get fixed.”

Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said Coburn’s amendment would require a report that mandates extensive information that would be costly to produce..  Plus, Bingaman said what Coburn wants to achieve was already done by the Bush administration, which set up a Federal Real Property Council whose job is to track asset management, inventories and related items.

 The motion was adopted by a vote of 58-39.  All but one Democrat present voted for the motion.  Every Republican present but three voted against the motion.  The end result is that the motion was adopted, the amendment was killed, and the bill went forward without language that would have required a report on the amount of federal land in the government’s inventory and the cost of maintaining it.

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