[_private/logo.htm] [_private/navbar.htm] Massive Omnibus Parks Bill Being Planned by Congress
In 1996 your "friends" in Congress at the last minute snuck through a whole bunch of heritage areas and other parks legislation in what they called an "Omnibus Parks bill." No matter where you live in the US you could be threatened in the next few weeks by a new "Omnibus Parks bill" which will include Congressional "pork" for dozens of congressional districts.
Dont be misled by the term "Omnibus Parks Bill." Beside new heritage areas, the bill can include new wildlife refuges, Wild and Scenic rivers, parks, national recreation areas and all kinds of other "park barrel" legislation. The idea is to give many congressmen something to take home for the voters in their district in one bill. Because your congressman gets a bill he wants, he votes for dozens of other bills that he would never otherwise support. A lot of bad legislation gets passed this way. The new bill, which has no number yet, will cost well over $200 million.
Here are just four of many examples of Congressional pork in the new "Omnibus Parks bill":
HR 1995 threatens you, no matter where you live in the US. Why? Because other Congressmen will watch to see if Woolseys park expansion tactic works. If she wins by signing up hundred of co-sponsors it will set a trend. Every Congressman will run around and sign up all the Congressmen who do not live in the area as co-sponsors to force the bill onto the floor of the House or Senate for a vote. It is easy to vote for something that doesnt directly affect you. Its a "free" environmental vote.
To make matters worse, some Republicans are signing on because they think it is just a no risk vote to make them look good to the greens. If we let them get away with this, your land will always be at risk. Youll never be safe.
If small local landowner groups are going to protect themselves, they are going to have to band together to support each other. If you sit by and allow an "Omnibus Parks bill" to sneak by Congress in the dead of night, bills like "Woolseys Farmland Condemnation Act" or more heritage areas, youll always be in danger. Maybe not this year, but you could be in the next "Omnibus Parks bill." This is the fourth straight election year that Congress has tried to use the "Omnibus Parks bill" tactic to pass local legislation that would not pass on its own.
Its the old concept of dont tax you, dont tax me, tax the man behind the tree. Under the "Omnibus Parks bill" and the "Woolsey Farmland Condemnation Act," you and I each lose some of our property rights. This process used to be blamed on Phil Burton and the Democrats. Now the Republicans are up to their eyebrows in it. It has got to stop. Otherwise local people will never have a chance to influence legislation affecting their local area.
LEADERSHIP PUSHING OMNIBUS PARKS BILL
LOTS OF OTHER BILLS COULD BE ADDED IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT
The Omnibus Parks bill is being pushed by Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) and a number of people in the House leadership. In 1996 they pushed the Omnibus Parks bill over the objection of Resources Chairman Don Young (R-AK) and others. Bills such as the Northern Forest Stewardship Act, Park Fee Demo project, American Discovery Trails, Utah land Exchange, and lots of park additions could be included.
HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP!!