House Passes Highway Bill, No LWCF, Conference Committee
The House passed its version of the Highway bill on
Wednesday, April 18th without the LWCF (Land and Water Conservation Fund)
Thanks to all who made calls and sent e-mails and faxes.
Now the battle is on in House-Senate Conference Committee
between the Senate Highway bill that DOES have the LWCF and the House version
of the Highway bill with NO LWCF land acquisition.
You must call your Congressman and both Senators
immediately to urge them to oppose any LWCF Fund add on in the Highway Bill in
the House-Senate Conference Committee.
Massive increase in land acquisition at stake.
Rural America In Peril
Action by you now is critical.
Urgent Action Required
-----All property owners must take immediate action.
If the LWCF Land Acquisition Amendment is included in the
final Highway Bill it means a huge increase in land acquisition funding for the
Park Service, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land
The LWCF threatens inholders, landowners, ranchers, farmers,
miners, forestry advocates and many others. It also means a threat to
off-highway vehicle users. Access will be cut off to Federal lands.
It also threatens and undermines local communities with
the loss of tax base as the LWCF converts millions of acres of private land
into government ownership.
The LWCF threatens Rural America.
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-----Here’s what the environmental groups said while
jumping up and down with glee about the Senate LWCF Amendment your Senators
*-----From Energy and Environment Newsletter:* "The
result is an amendment that supporters now say would provide perhaps the
largest-ever federal boost to conservation and environmental efforts in the
----- "This could be the biggest infusion of
conservation dollars in history," said Joshua Saks, legislative director
for the *National Wildlife Federation.* "This would be a remarkable
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-----In summary, the Senate doubled the money they take
from taxpayers for the Land and Water Conservation fund to buy land by adding
$700 million for each of the next two years on a guaranteed basis (no need to
for Congress to appropriate).
There is no Congressional appropriations process for this
money in the LWCF fund and little or no oversight in spite of our country
facing a huge debt and deficit.
Stop The LWCF Highway Bill Land Grab, Go To www.landrights.org <http://www.landrights.org/> for more details.
*Action Items: (The LWCF is a huge issue that threatens
*-----*1*. *Please forward this message to at least 10
Your whole list if possible.
-----2. *Deluge your Congressman with calls, faxes and
e-mails from now until May 15th.* Call at least once a week. Call any
Congressman at (202) 225-3121. You must make his or her phone come off the
Ask him or her to oppose any LWCF funds in the Highway
Bill Conference Committee between the House and Senate versions of the bill. No
land acquisition funds should be included in the Highway Bill.
The House-Senate Conference Committee will take place
That’s why your calls, faxes and e-mails now are so
critical. The greens are deluging Congress with calls. You must do the same.
-----3. Your Senator will get a chance to vote on the
House-Senate Conference Committee report. If your Senator voted for the LWCF,
tell his staff he can help make amends by sending a letter to the Conference
Committee opposing the LWCF funding. Ask for a copy of the letter. Call any
Senator at (202) 224-3121. Ask for the staff persons e-mail address. Fire off a
short one-page letter.
Your Senator can still place roadblocks in front of the
LWCF funding even if he or she was foolish enough to vote for it. You need to
make him or her want to stop the bill. That will only happen if you place
enough pressure. Numbers count. Your calls and e-mails count.
Look below at the list of Senators that voted for the
LWCF Amendment to the Highway Bill.
-----4. Deluge the Speaker of the House John Boehner at
(202) 225-0600 or the Capital Switchboard at (202) 225-3121. Urge him to oppose
any LWCF funds in the Highway Bill Conference Committee. .
E-mail Boehner at: -- firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>
-----5. Call, fax and e-mail the offices of other House
Rep. Eric Cantor House, Majority Leader (202) 225-4000
Fax: (202) 226-1115. E-mails: firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, House Majority Whip (202) 225-0197
Fax: (202) 225-0781 E-mails: firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>
Urge them to oppose LWCF in the Highway bill Conference
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*-----What’s wrong with the LWCF (Land and Water
Conservation Fund) portion of the Highway Bill (we were calling it the
-----A. *It doubles funding for the LWCF adding $700
million for each of the next two years.* The greens will use this bump in
funding to set a precedent for future years funding. So this is more than a
fight over two years funding. You also must block the trust fund part. Any
money must go through the appropriations process.
-----B. Extends the LWCF until 2022 from the present law
-----C. *It funds a CARA like Land Acquisition Trust Fund
that will be a threat to all private property owners and Rural America for many
-----D. *None of this money will be used to create jobs.*
-----E. *None of this money will be used to reduce the
-----F. The LWCF money will be a dagger in heart of the
-----G. A fully funded LWCF is an all out attack on Rural
-----H. A fully funded LWCF is an attack on local
-----I. Inholders and landowners are in grave danger.
-----J. LWCF land acquisition will lead to a massive
expansion of Federal lands thereby reducing your access and use. The green
groups will work to get the new Federal lands into Wilderness status.
You do not want the Park Service, Forest Service, Fish
and Wildlife Service and BLM to get these billions of dollars to buy millions
of acres of private land and convert it to government ownership.
The land acquisition funding in the Senate Highway Bill
threatens all private property owners, ranchers, farmers, miners, forestry and
other users of both private as well as Federal land.
The LWCF is a constant attack on Rural America. It is the
attempt by the greens to drive rural people out of their homes and into the
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-----Some people ask, why do the greens do this.
-----An American Land Rights member from Ohio described
the motivation of the greens the best when she said:
-----"The Preservationists are like a new religion, a new
paganism, that worships trees and sacrifices people.”
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The environmental groups are putting on a full court
press in Congress to pass the LWCF funding so they can drive you off the land.
They want to have Congress spend billions of dollars to
buy private land and turn it into government ownership.
-----Urgent Action By You Now Is Required. Stop the
attack on Rural America.
Look here at the Senators who voted for the LWCF
Amendment to the Highway Bill.
Amendment (Nelson (FL) (Restore Act including LWCF) Amdt.
*Number: *Senate Vote #32 in 2012
*Date: *Mar 8, 2012 3:24PM
*Result: *Amendment Agreed to *Amendment: *to S. 1813:
*VOTE DETAILS (A Yea vote means they voted for the LWCF)*
Yea AL Sessions, Jefferson
Yea AL Shelby, Richard
Yea AK Begich, Mark
Yea AK Murkowski, Lisa
Nay AZ Kyl, Jon
Nay AZ McCain, John
Yea AR Boozman, John
Yea AR Pryor, Mark
Yea CA Boxer, Barbara
Yea CA Feinstein, Dianne
Yea CO Bennet, Michael
Yea CO Udall, Mark
Yea CT Blumenthal, Richard
Yea CT Lieberman, Joseph
Yea DE Carper, Thomas
Yea DE Coons, Chris
Yea FL Nelson, Bill
Nay FL Rubio, Marco
Yea GA Chambliss, Saxby
Yea GA Isakson, John
Yea HI Akaka, Daniel
Yea HI Inouye, Daniel
Yea ID Crapo, Michael
Nay ID Risch, James
Yea IL Durbin, Richard
Not Voting IL Kirk, Mark
Nay IN Coats, Daniel
Nay IN Lugar, Richard
Nay IA Grassley, Charles
Yea IA Harkin, Thomas
Yea KS Moran, Jerry
Yea KS Roberts, Pat
Nay KY McConnell, Mitch
Nay KY Paul, Rand
Yea LA Landrieu, Mary
Yea LA Vitter, David
Yea ME Collins, Susan
Yea ME Snowe, Olympia
Yea MD Cardin, Benjamin
Yea MD Mikulski, Barbara
Yea MA Brown, Scott
Yea MA Kerry, John
Yea MI Levin, Carl
Yea MI Stabenow, Debbie Ann
Yea MN Franken, Al
Yea MN Klobuchar, Amy
Yea MS Cochran, Thad
Yea MS Wicker, Roger
Yea MO Blunt, Roy
Yea MO McCaskill, Claire
Yea MT Baucus, Max
Yea MT Tester, Jon
Nay NE Johanns, Mike
Yea NE Nelson, Ben
Nay NV Heller, Dean
Yea NV Reid, Harry
Yea NH Ayotte, Kelly
Yea NH Shaheen, Jeanne
Yea NJ Lautenberg, Frank
Yea NJ Menendez, Robert
Yea NM Bingaman, Jeff
Yea NM Udall, Tom
Yea NY Gillibrand, Kirsten
Yea NY Schumer, Charles
Nay NC Burr, Richard
Yea NC Hagan, Kay
Yea ND Conrad, Kent
Yea ND Hoeven, John
Yea OH Brown, Sherrod
Yea OH Portman, Robert
Nay OK Coburn, Thomas
Yea OK Inhofe, James
Yea OR Merkley, Jeff
Yea OR Wyden, Ron
Yea PA Casey, Robert
Nay PA Toomey, Patrick
Yea RI Reed, John
Yea RI Whitehouse, Sheldon
Nay SC DeMint, Jim
Nay SC Graham, Lindsey
Yea SD Johnson, Tim
Not Voting SD Thune, John
Yea TN Alexander, Lamar
Nay TN Corker, Bob
Yea TX Cornyn, John
Yea TX Hutchison, Kay
Nay UT Hatch, Orrin
Nay UT Lee, Mike
Yea VT Leahy, Patrick
Yea VT Sanders, Bernard
Yea VA Warner, Mark
Yea VA Webb, Jim
Yea WA Cantwell, Maria
Yea WA Murray, Patty
Yea WV Manchin, Joe
Yea WV Rockefeller, John
Nay WI Johnson, Ron
Yea WI Kohl, Herbert
Nay WY Barrasso, John
Nay WY Enzi, Michael