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senate Bill S. 47

The Bipartisan Public Lands & Natural Resources Package

Argument in favor

This bipartisan public lands and natural resources package reflects a balance between creating new opportunities for natural resource and community development in western states with substantial federal lands and conserving lands.

David 's Opinion
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02/10/2019
This bill needs to be amended to keep fossil fuel companies out of public lands.
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Tinee's Opinion
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02/12/2019
The Bill needs to be amended to stop public lands from being drilled, excavated, fracked etc..... Once public lands are destroyed they are gone forever. Public lands need to be protected for future generations to be able to enjoy them.
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Sandra's Opinion
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02/11/2019
I agree with David....Bill needs to be amended to stop public lands from being drilled, excavated, fracked etc.....Fossil fuels are the past. We need to understand this, if there is going to be a future.
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Argument opposed

This bill doesn’t do enough to open federal lands to the development of natural resources. Alternatively, it doesn’t sufficiently conserve public lands that may be open to recreational activities because of this bill.

I.Got.an.Idea...'s Opinion
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02/06/2019
No one should have private property rights on any public lands. We should protect public lands and we should make public lands more available for recreation to the public, as long as environmental protections are in place and enforced. No person, company or entity should have rights to minerals or natural resources beneath the ground or in the water, air or land of public lands. Just like many Conservatives say that black people do not have rights to be compensated because of their great grand parent’s slavery, the individuals or entities that claim they have rights to minerals and resources with public lands, lost those rights when their great grand parents passed away and the lands were made public. If they are claiming to be compensated for these so-called rights, then black descendants have more rights to be compensated for their family’s slavery and unjustified incarceration, hangings, murders, rapings, etc.
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Frances's Opinion
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02/04/2019
THIS BILL WILL ONLY BE USED BY THE BIG CORPORATE FOSSIL FUEL LOVING REPUBLICANS TO DECIMATE THE ENVIRONMENT--NO PUBLIC LANDS EVER SHOULD BE OPENED FOR DEVELOPMENT--WE HAVE DEVELOPED THIS PLANET TO EXTINCTION!
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Linda's Opinion
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02/03/2019
This bill does nothing to protect all wilderness areas from industry & greed. Since this is not protecting our natural resources from leases to industries, then I oppose it. And I do not support it for the same reasoning. We must do better in keeping pristine areas virgin & wild. Native American land must be protected and governed from within more than in DC. All our lands must be protected from industry & development. Keep it in the ground. We don’t need to expand extracting our natural resources for use or export. The public lands that hold these resources must be protected from pollution using chemicals, excessive drilling & mining. Our virgin wilderness areas are not meant to be leased for drilling, fracking, mining, deforestation; our wildlife habitats reserved for wildlife, not trapping & hunting, not leased for grazing lands. The very purpose is to preserve for future generations so stop raiding & leasing these areas. Ban these type leases to keep our natural lands pristine wilderness areas. Congress.gov Natural Resources Management Act This bill sets forth provisions regarding various programs, projects, activities, and studies for the management and conservation of natural resources on federal lands. Specifically, the bill addresses, among other matters -land conveyances, exchanges, acquisitions, withdrawals, and transfers; -national parks, monuments, memorials, wilderness areas, wild and scenic rivers, historic and heritage sites, and other conservation and recreation areas; -wildlife conservation; -helium extraction; -small miner waivers of claim maintenance fees; -wildland fire operations;— -the release of certain federal reversionary land interests; -boundary adjustments;— -the Denali National Park and Preserve natural gas pipeline; -fees for medical services in units of the National Park System; -funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund; -recreational activities on federal or nonfederal lands; -a national volcano early warning and monitoring system; -federal reclamation projects; and search-and recovery-missions. In addition, the bill reauthorizes the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Historic Preservation Program and the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program.
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bill Progress


  • EnactedMarch 12th, 2019
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The house Passed February 26th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 363 Yea / 62 Nay
  • The senate Passed February 12th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 92 Yea / 8 Nay
    IntroducedJanuary 8th, 2019

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    Giving the land to the states for better management or whatever language they paint it in, is code for making it easier for corporations to drill and lease and use and abuse. No thanks.
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    I am against this bill because it is a massive conglomeration of different bills with different goals and we, the public, do not have the ability to really examine the component parts to see what they actually do. The whole thing sounds innocuous in the abstract, but I suspect there are a lot of sneaky private interests that have inserted their pet projects in this omnibus. I am concerned with the real impact of changing boundaries, (which boundaries?) the option to open public lands to commercial use and private use, (to what uses?) ceding public lands to state interests, and the apparent lack of safeguards for protected species, water resources, or other environmental concerns. So no. No more open ended bills that obscure their purpose and impact. Particularly when speaking about national lands that belong to all current and future Americans, we need a level of clarity and specificity which this bill does not provide.
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    Corporations, who exist for profit, should have no access to protected lands. Giving them - even limited - access would be the opposite of protection.
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    Public lands must not be opened up to development of natural resources. The only natural resources we should be developing technology to derive energy from are renewables. There is no good reason why solar & wind farms cannot be built without legislation that would expose our lands to exploration of non-renewable natural resources. Also, we don't need public lands to build solar panels & wind turbines. We need factories throughout the country, in places that still have not fully recovered from the Great Recession, like the 15th Illinois congressional district. We have to be smart about this before it's too late & effects of climate change exacerbate the already inflamed migrant crises throughout the world. I am voting no because I don't want this to be the straw that breaks the climate camel's back.
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    Leave to the states like Texas and Oklahoma to find the Red River boundaries as well as Alaska to decide to give away land, get the Federal government out of everything!!
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    The main reason I would have to oppose this legislation oddly enough is the provision for the State of Alaska to give an allotment of land to Vietnam war Veterans. Vietnam War Veterans are elderly now and the land would be subject to flipping, eligible individuals acquiring the land merely for quick profit. WWI WWII and the other VFW’s never got one. It would supersede Alaska land homestead law currently viable and timely. That’s not my only objection however I think it is enough to raise a warning that this legislation hasn’t been vetted closely enough.
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    This is obscene, more killing of wildlife, drilling & fracking that will destroy the water with the chemicals being shoved into the ground. CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL AND OUR ELECTED PUBLIC SERVANTS DON'T GIVE A CRAP. I'M SURE YOUR DONORS ARE THRILLED
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    I’m ready for a Teddy Roosevelt type of American Spirit.
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    Senate Legislative Bill S.47 AKA the Natural Resources Management Act I’m in direct support of and recommend the passage of the Senate Legislative Bill S.47 AKA the Natural Resources Management Act which would aim to improve the management of public lands, protect treasured landscapes, increase recreational access to public lands, and protect private property rights by combining more than 100 proposals that gained bipartisan support as standalone bills in the previous or current Congress. This bipartisan public lands and natural resources package, reflects a balance between creating new opportunities for natural resource and community development in western states, with substantial federal lands and conserving lands. SneakyPete.......... 🏝⛱🌋⛺️🏕. 2*5*19..........
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    ALL PUBLIC LAND DO NOT BELONG TO THAT POS POTUS WHO THINKS HE HAS TO RIGHT TO DESTROY OUR COUNTRY-----ALL OF HIS CORRUPT DEALS HE HAS MADE WITH HIS CRONIES IN THE FOSSIL FUEL AND MINING COMPANIES SHOULD BECOME NULL AND VOID!!!!! WE THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA HAVE NOT GIVEN OUR PERMISSION TO HIM TO DESTROY OUR COUNTRY!!!!! SHOW A SPINE, PROVE THAT YOU HAVE ETHICS, MORALS, SCRUPLES, INTEGRITY ETC. AND PROVE TO US THAT YOU ARE ACTUALLY DOING YOUR JOB BY REMOVING THIS TRASH HEAP CALLED TRUMP AND HIS ADMINISTRATION!!!!!! NOT TO DO SO IS DISGUSTING AND DISGRACEFUL!
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    This sounds good but be careful to examine all the fine print .
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    Looks nice on its surface but reading deeper shows the loophole for big companies to rape these lands. Another government sell out of our environment.
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    I strongly advocate for the passage of this legislation, and its eventual signing into law. It permanently authorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund, designates more protected land and waters, is a bicameral bill, and has major bipartisan support among many other positive provisions and reasons for passage.
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    Environmental protection is the one place that does not have room for compromise, because any concessions on protections will have irrevocable long-term consequences for future generations
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    Ripping away the protections for our National Parks for industrial use is not the planning we should focus on. Destroying our rain forests and wildlife habitat will spell disaster for a livable planet on which all things are interconnected.
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    Private land is off limits. Fracking needs to be against the law.
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    Public lands need to be protected and expanded. Private profit should never be a consideration for the use of public lands. In the current political climate, this bill does not pass the smell test.
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    It’d authorize 17 land exchanges or conveyances that would transfer federally-managed lands to state, local, or private control to facilitate better land management , or corporate development. State and other will develop it and public will no longer have access to it. Bad idea! The reason the republicans are pushing this to help pay for the tax cut they gave corporations and the wealthy to help off Shoring.
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    Unfortunately, I don’t trust Murkowski even though I support this bill. It’s supposed to improve the management of public lands, protect treasured landscapes, increase recreational access to public lands, and protect private property rights by combining more than 100 proposals gained bipartisan support as standalone bills in the previous or current Congress.
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    I hope this bill bans fracking on federal land!
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