This evening, the House Republican conference passed a rule change that would make it easier to sell off federal land to states. Current rules requiring spending offsets would be abolished. The change is part of the House rules package. It would mean that lawmakers would no longer have to find spending offsets for bills that transfer federal land to state or tribal entities.
In response, Alan Rowsome, senior government relations director for The Wilderness Society said:
“Right out of the gate, Congressional Republicans are declaring open season on federal lands. We’re not even a day into this new Congress and House Republicans are voting to give away our nation’s parks, forests and refuges disguised in a budget rulemaking procedure. This is not Theodore Roosevelt-style governing, this move paves the way for a wholesale giveaway of our American hunting, fishing and camping lands that belong to us all. Make no mistake, the giveaway is for the benefit of the drilling and mining interests that have a lock-grip on Congress and the rest of Washington.”