HOUSE RESOURCES COMMITTEE MARKUP
JULY 25, 2001

THE CARA LAND GRAB WAS PASSED OUT OF THE HOUSE RESOURCES COMMITTEE ON A VOTE OF 29 TO 12 -- All Democrats voted YES; Republicans tied 12 YES and 12 NO with 4 absent from their battle stations when the time came to stand up and vote.

BE CAREFUL:  DON'T BE DECEIVED.  LOOK AT HOW HANSEN, JONES, CANNON, TANCREDO, HEFLEY, MCINNIS AND REHBERG VOTED FOR PROPERTY RIGHTS AMENDMENTS (THAT ALL FAILED) THEN THEY VOTED FOR THE WHOLE ROTTEN CARA PACKAGE ANYWAY WITHOUT ANY OF THESE CRITICAL AMENDMENTS THAT WOULD PROTECT YOU.

These are the amendments offered by advocates of free enterprise, landowners, and private property rights were defeated (After Congressional Greensheets and other sources).

Vote 1 - Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Calif.) to protect a landowner's "full use and enjoyment" of property targeted for acquisition or abutting land acquired under CARA, defeated by a vote of 22-17.

Vote 2 - Pombo to delete funding for federal land acquisition and put the money into urban parks (for a total of $475 million) and recovery activities for endangered species (up $100 million to $150 million), defeated by a vote of 25-16.

Vote 3 - Early in the markup, the committee voted 20-17 to adopt an amendment offered by Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) to bar the use of CARA funds "to initiate, make motions in, settle, implement a settlement of, or otherwise carry out any lawsuits." Bill supporters argued the amendment would prevent use of the money to purchase habitat as part of a settlement of a suit over endangered species. But several hours later, ranking Democrat Nick Rahall (W.Va.), who changed his vote to favor the amendment when it became apparent it would pass, moved to reconsider the vote (only a member who voted on the prevailing side may move to reconsider). A Thornberry motion to table reconsideration was defeated 17-20; Rahall's motion to reconsider was approved 20-18, and the amendment was finally rejected by voice vote.  Votes shown here are a composite of members who made their position known for or against the amendment.  Some may have voted in favor in the beginning but if they were missing from the final, critical tabling votes they are colored red (as an anti property rights vote).  Because of this combined vote the final numbers here may differ from those reported elsewhere.  

Vote 4 - Thornberry to bar the use of condemnation to acquire any land with CARA funds, defeated by a vote of 21-16. 

Vote 5 - Rep. John Peterson (R-Pa.) to allow the use of CARA funds for restoration and maintenance of lands, defeated by a vote of 18-13. 

Vote 6 - Reps. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) and Greg Walden (R-Ore.) to require states to approve federal purchases if the United States already owns half or more of the land in that state, defeated by a vote of 15-15 (amendments fail on a tie vote).

Vote 7 - Rep. Butch Otter (R-Idaho) to protect rights of way across lands purchased under the bill, defeated by a vote of 19-15.

Vote 8 - Rep. Barbara Cubin (R-Wyo.) to shorten the authorization period of the bill from 2015 to 2006, defeated by voice vote.

Vote 9 - Cubin, to require that federal acquisitions of 100 or more acres be balanced by disposal of an equal value of property, defeated by voice vote.1 - Cubin amendment - no net gain in federal lands

Vote 10 - Final passage of CARA (NO is the private property rights vote). 

 [blank or NV] = not voting (absent).                 [printing tips for this chart]

Vote#:

NAME

1-protect abutting land owners  2-transfer $$ to urban parks 3-no $$ for lawsuits  4-no condem -nation 5-allow use for restor- ation 6-state concur- rence if >50% 7-protect ROW's 10-CARA Final Passage

PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS VOTE

Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
Jim Hansen (R-UT)  N  Y  N  N Y Y Y
Don Young (R-AK)      N  N   N N Y
W.J. Tauzin (R-LA) N N N N N N N Y
Jim Saxton (R-NJ)    N  N   N  
Elton Gallegly (R-CA)    Y    N       Y
John Duncan (R-TN)   Y   Y   Y    
Joel Hefley (R-CO) Y N N   Y Y Y Y
Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD) N   N N N N   Y
Ken Calvert (R-CA)                
Scott McInnis (R-CO) Y Y   Y Y     Y
Richard Pombo (R-CA) Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
Barbara Cubin (R-WY) Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
George Radanovich (R-CA)                
Walter Jones (R-NC) Y Y Y Y   Y Y Y
Mac Thornberry (R-TX) Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
Chris Cannon (R-UT) Y Y   Y Y     Y
John Peterson (R-PA) Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
Bob Schaffer (R-CO)      N        Y N
James Gibbons (R-NV) Y Y  Y Y   Y Y N
Mark Souder (R-IN) N N Y N N   N Y
Greg Walden (R-OR) Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
Mike Simpson (R-ID)               N
Thomas Tancredo (R-CO) Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
JD Hayworth (R-AZ) Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
Butch Otter (R-ID) Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
Tom Osborne (R-NE) Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
Jeff Flake (R-AZ) Y Y   Y       N
Dennis Rehberg (R-MT) Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Sub-Total Republicans 17Y
3N
8NV
16Y
6N
6NV
14Y
5N
8NV
16Y
7N
5NV
13Y
5N
10NV
15Y
3N
10NV
15Y
4N
9NV
12Y
12N

4NV
Democrats: Those there always block voted together AGAINST property rights [except*] George Miller, (D-CA), Nick J. Rahall II, (D-WV), Bruce F. Vento, (D-MN), Dale E. Kildee, (D-MI), Peter A. Defazio, (D-OR), Eni F.H. Faleomavaega, (D-AS), Neil Abercrombie, (D-HI), Solomon P. Ortiz, (D-TX), Owen B. Pickett, (D-VA), Frank Pallone, Jr., (D-NJ), Calvin M. Dooley, (D-CA), Carlos A. Romero-Barcel—, (D-P.R.), Robert A. Underwood, (D-Guam), Patrick J. Kennedy, (D-RI), Adam Smith, (D-WA), Chris John, (D-LA), Donna Christian-Christensen, (D-V.I.), Ron Kind, (D-WI), Jay Inslee, (D-WA), Grace F. Napolitano, (D-CA), Tom Udall, (D-NM), Mark Udall, (D-CO), Joseph Crowley, (D-NY), Rush Holt (D-NJ)
Sub-Total Democrats
19N
5NV

20N
4NV
1Y
20N
3NV

14N
10NV

13N
11NV

14N
12NV

15N
9NV

17Y
7NV
TOTAL 17Y
22N
13NV
16Y
26N
10NV
20Y
17N
15NV
16Y
21N
15NV
13Y
18N
21NV
15Y
15N
22NV
15Y
19N
18NV
29Y
12N
11NV

* In all the 10 votes on this markup, Ortiz (D-TX) was the only democrat to show even a shred of independence.  He voted for property rights only on the Thornberry amendment (Vote 3):  But he opposed all other property rights amendments and in the end voted YES on CARA itself.   

In the final vote count, 13 Republicans supported HR-701, 12 opposed it. Three took a walk. Double check to make sure your Member gets all the credit he or she deserves.

MORE:

*** We have some HEROES working for us!!! ***

Here are some HEROES who fought the CARA ╬Condemnation and Relocation Act.' Their contact information is below - be sure and THANK them for fighting Big Brother - they lead the fight for US by offering amendments to protect public access and private land and fight against the land grabbers:

Representative Richard Pombo of California - new Chairman of the Western Caucus!
Representative Butch Otter of Idaho
Representative Jeff Flake of Arizona
Representative Bob Schaffer of Colorado
Representative Mac Thornberry of Texas
Representative John Peterson of Pennsylvania

HOW DID THIS HAPPEN???

How and why did CARA happen? Why does it have so much support, including from people who until just a few years ago were supporters of access to public lands and private property rights? Why did they sell out?

Here is the answer: MONEY. MONEY. MONEY.

In total, CARA spends $46 Billion dollars over fifteen years for a variety of scams, from land acquisition to grant money for enviro groups and the United Nations to road construction in Louisiana to police officers in Alaska.

Oh yes, it is being sponsored by congressmen from - what a surprise - Louisiana and Alaska! The average state gets $11 per person, per year from CARA. Louisiana gets $73 per person, and Alaska stuffs its face with $267 per person!

That is why CARA sponsors Congressmen Billy ╬Slick Willy' Tauzin from Louisiana and Don Young from Alaska are selling out your constitutional rights - for a fat pile of cold, hard cash to spread around to their political cronies in Louisiana and Alaska. $100 million for Alaska, and a whopping $300 million for Louisiana.

And why has new Resources Committee Chairman Jim Hansen sold out and supported the land grab? Same answer: MONEY. MONEY. MONEY. He sold out for $62 million dollars in road improvements for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, which will take place in and near his congressional district in Utah. Don Young and Billy Tauzin cut a deal and paid him off with your tax dollars, and Jim Hansen said "see ya later, I got mine." Yes sir, that is Mr. Profiles in Courage - Jim Hansen.

And then there are weasels like Representative Scott McInnis of Colorado. McInnis talks a big game about property rights when he is with constituents, like when he gave a speech in front of a western Colorado rancher at a CARA hearing a few weeks ago. The rest of the story is this - McInnis promised to fight condemnation, while at the same time he has co-sponsored CARA - which has over one billion dollars per year to condemn land!!! Here is the reason - McInnis wants to run for statewide office in Colorado, so he is pandering to liberals in Denver that he doesn't even represent!!!

 

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