This time just over half the Republicans voted for it too-

Senate Passes Lands Bill One More Time. By Kate Phillips. New York Times.

The article indicates that this time the House will not reach for the procedural ease of the suspension of the rules procedure. They will consider the bill, I think, under “regular order” and a closed rule (no amendments allowed). This requires only a simple majority to pass. It does takes more time because of the debate allowed.

The NRA is trying to stir up a phoney gun rights issue on the bill, and Democrats don’t want that “poison pill” allowed as an amendment.

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Road Through Alaskan Refuge Wins Senate Backing. Provision, Opposed by Environmentalists, Is Part of Broad Bipartisan Lands Measure. By Juliet Eilperin
Washington Post Staff Writer.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

One Response to Senate Passes Lands Bill One More Time

  1. avatar Brian Ertz says:

    The Omnibus Public Lands Bill got passed via a procedural move that tacked it as an ammendment to the “Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Battlefield Protection Act”.

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

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