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Corrected: Sen. Wyden & Reid Moving 2013 Omnibus Fed Lands Bill

-----See Below For Updated list of Key Senators To Contact With fax numbers and e-mail addresses. Save this list.

Alert-Alert-Alert-Senators Wyden and Reid are planning a sneak strategy to overcome your opposition to the Omnibus Federal Lands Bill.

They are planning to put together several smaller Omnibus bills combining 5 or 10 bills each time that would ordinarily go into a full-blown Omnibus Federal Lands bill. They likely will not use the word Omnibus but will try to trick you and your Senators using other names to pass a series of smaller bills containing a few bills each.

You need to discuss this strategy with your Senators and the key Senators listed below and make sure they are aware of this strategy and are prepared to head it off.

-----Urgent Action Required. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Harry Reid (D-NV) Join To Lead Omnibus Federal Lands Bill Effort. Read about it in the Public Lands News excerpt below.

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Conservation legislation at the top of Wyden's list

Despite the failure of the last Congress to act on dozens if not hundreds of conservation bills, new Senate Energy Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) intends to tackle the backlog first thing this year.

"To that end, one of Sen. Wyden's first priorities will be to pass the dozens of lands bills left over from last Congress," said Wyden's press assistant Samantha Offerdahl. "As you may know, Sen. Wyden introduced several wilderness bills that didn't move last year, including proposals to protect thousands of acres of wilderness land near Devil's Staircase, Cathedral Rock, Horse Heaven and Wild Rogue in Oregon."

As usual the obstacle last year was the Senate's filibuster rule. Faced with the press of other business, such as Hurricane Sandy relief, Senate leaders did not choose to offer either an omnibus wildlife bill, an omnibus lands bill or a combination of the two on the floor.

Wyden intends to meet that Senate impasse head on. "Generally, Sen. Wyden has said that he would like to restore the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to something resembling the success of the committee in the past," said Offerdahl. "That means routinely passing public lands bills important to the nation, and moving through the gridlock that halted the progress of public lands bills many members of the Senate introduced in previous years."

House members have already begun reintroducing park and rec bills this month for the 113th Congress, with a handful of minor measures in the hopper. For instance Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) introduced a bill (HR 250) January 15 that would require Congressional approval of any national monument designated by a President. Senators will begin introducing their bills January 22.

Last year the Senate Energy Committee, under former chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), did not get around to going public with an omnibus lands bill that was expected to include 100 or so individual bills, although it reportedly assembled a measure. Those individual bills would have designated new national parks, designated wild and scenic rivers, designated wilderness areas, authorized land exchanges and much more.

A wildlife bill composed of 19 individual measures promoted by sportsmen effectively expired on the Senate floor Nov. 26, 2012, when Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) demanded a procedural vote on the budget impacts of the bill (S 3525). Sixty votes were needed to keep the bill alive, but only 50 senators voted for it.

Some of the items in the wildlife bill were also candidates for the omnibus lands bill, if not the whole measure.

All the conservation legislation will have to start over in this 113th Congress; however, the odds will be slightly more favorable because Wyden intends to move aggressively on them. In addition Democrats who tend to support omnibus land bills and omnibus wildlife bills made modest gains in the November 6 elections.

The Senate Energy Committee had been taking the lead in assembling an omnibus bill but Senate Democratic leaders did not give clearance for floor consideration. For its part the House Natural Resources Committee moved more than 100 land bills through the House floor, only to see them die in the Senate.

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Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) want to move quickly before the opposition (meaning you) gets organized. Your Senators are critical to stopping this giant Omnibus Federal Lands Bill.

You can't let them get away with these back room dark of night tactics they've used before.

-----To create a giant Omnibus Federal Lands Bill, they go to each Senator to ask what bills he or she want to get passed. They give most Senators one or two bills and sometimes more.

-----They are then combined into one huge Omnibus Federal Lands Bill.

-----Each Senator then simply looks the other way on the overall bill and does not object to bills he or she would ordinarily be opposed to. This process hurts you and gets a lot of bad legislation passed.

-----Here is their process. First Obama or the Interior Secretary designate a program like Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt did with the National Landscape Conservation (NLCS) the 1990s.

-----Then a later Congress comes along and turns that Executive Order or Secretarial Order into law, often using the Omnibus Federal Lands Bill of that year. This assembly line gradually undermines and takes away your rights and liberty as well as your private property and the use of Federal lands. This process must be stopped.

You can stop the Omnibus Federal Lands Bill.

-----Don't think that because you have called once or twice that you are done. You must keep up the pressure.

Action Items:

-----1. Please forward this urgent message to at least 10 other people. Your whole list if possible.

-----2. Tape a copy of this e-mail to your refrigerator door so you can remember what you need to do to defeat the Omnibus Federal Lands bill.

-----3. Call both your Senators at (202) 224-3121. That's the Capitol Switchboard. Ask for your Senator by name. When the office answers, ask for the person who handles Federal Lands or Natural Resources.

Ask for a commitment from your Senator to oppose any Omnibus Federal Lands Bill. Remind the staff that Wyden, Reid and others my try to pass bills a few at a time to sneak them by you. Each bill must be considered individually on its own merits and not combined into a Legislative Stew that now one reads and few have any idea what's inside.

-----4. Call your Congressman also. He or she must vote on the Omnibus Federal Lands Bill so get a commitment from his or her staff to oppose any Omnibus Federal Lands or Omnibus Environment Bill. You may call any Congressman at (202) 225-3121. Follow the same instructions as above for the Senators.

-----Your Senator can stop this bill. All he or she must do is promise the Leadership that he or she will object or filibuster the bill. That will make the bill controversial. You must make the bill controversial.

Key Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee - Republicans - All Senators can be reached at (202) 224-3121. Note: When sending e-mail to these staff members below, they have an underscore between their first and last name. There is no underline in the e-mail address, just the underscore.

ALEXANDER, LAMAR (TN), Staff: -- fax: 202-228-3398

BARRASSO JOHN (WY), Brian Clifford, -- fax: -202-224-1724

COBURN, TOM (OK), Staff: fax: 202-224-6008

COLLINS, SUSAN (ME), Staff: -- fax: 202-224-2693

CORKER, BOB (TN), Staff: fax: 202-228-0566

CRAPO, MICHAEL (ID), Staff: fax: 202-228-1375

ENZI, MICHAEL (WY), Staff: --  fax: 202-228-0359

FLAKE, JEFF (AZ), Staff: -- fax: 202-228-0515

GRAHAM, LINDSEY (SC), Staff: -- fax: 202-224-3808

HATCH, ORRIN (UT), Staff: fax: 202-224-6331

HELLER, DEAN (NV), Staff: -- fax: 202-224-6244

HOEVEN, JOHN (ND), Staff: fax: 202-224-7999

INHOFE, JAMES (OK), Staff: -- fax: 202-228-0380

LEE, MIKE (UT), Staff: -- fax: 202-228-1168

MCCAIN, JOHN (AZ), Staff: -- fax: 202-228-2862

MURKOWSKI, LISA (AK), Staff: fax: 202-224-5301

PORTMAN, ROB (OH), Staff: fax: 202-224-9558

RISCH, JAMES (ID), Staff: fax: 202-224-2753

SCOTT, TIM (SC), Staff: -- fax: 202-228-1048

THUNE, JOHN (SD), Staff: -- fax: 202-228-5429

VITTER, DAVID (LA), Staff: -- fax: 202-228-5061


Here's a reminder list of some of the land grab threats the Obama Administration, Senator Harry Reid and other members of Congress have planned for you.

-----New Endangered Species Act Land Grab based on habitat for the Sage Grouse that could take over millions of acres of like the Spotted Owl -----New National Monuments; -----New National Blueways program (More in later e-mail.) -----National Wild Lands land grab; -----New Wilderness study areas; -----Treasured Landscapes Initiative; -----America's Great Outdoors Campaign; -----New BLM Land Use Planning/Wilderness expansion; and -----Expansion of the use of Eminent domain and Condemnation.

-----Be aware that Reid snuck through the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) early in 2009 with an Omnibus Federal Lands bill after you had defeated it in late 2008. When the new Congress came in after the 2008 election, bam, they stuck it to you.

-----ALRA is working to head that off in 2013. The NLCS put a National Park like overlay over all BLM managed Monuments, Wild and Scenic Rivers and other special areas like Steens Mountain. The Omnibus Federal Lands Bill gives Obama the opportunity to put into law some of the land grabs he is creating by Executive Order.

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