And So I Go: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Vote to sell government owned land passed House.

Posted on: June 18, 2010

The federal government owned 30% of the total territory of the United States.  See this: http://strangemaps.wordpress.com/2008/06/17/291-federal-lands-in-the-us/

Throw in what land is owned by the states and you come closer to  40% of the land is owned and controlled by the government.  This becomes a problem when cities and counties wish to expand to accommodate their population growth; especially in the West.  It is an even more egregious problem when the government leases minerals rights to corporations at prices so low that the public is actually being robbed of its wealth. (“or are leased to the private sector for commercial exploitation (e.g. forestry, mining, agriculture). They are managed by different administrations, such as the Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the US Department of Defense, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Bureau of Reclamation or the Tennessee Valley Authority.”)  I believe ” for private exploitation” says it all.  And being managed by so many different agencies within the government makes getting a handle on this problem harder.    I think this bill may bring some of these problems and criminality out in the open.  Can you imagine a city wanting to purchase desert land for expansion and that same land having a rich vein of gold under it and some company wanting to lease the land at the same time?  I personally would like to see this.  BB

From Eric Cantor, Republican House Whip,  “You Cut” newsletter:

YouCut Vote NowYou are making history.

Since we started the YouCut project, House Republicans have taken the policies that you have selected and offered over $100 billion in spending cuts on the House floor for up-or-down votes by your Representatives.

Just yesterday, we voted on the proposal championed by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) to sell excess federal government property, which would generate over $15 billion in savings. Click here to see where your Representative stood on this important vote.

With every YouCut vote you cast, you are helping to challenge Washington’s culture of spending. Together, we are changing the debate from ways the government can spend more of your money into a debate over different ways to reduce spending. Let me share with you two examples of how you are changing Washington.

After this week’s YouCut proposal was unveiled to save $15 billion by selling excess federal property, President Obama announced his own version that would save $3 billion. (It isn’t $15 billion, but at least it is a step in the right direction!)

The Majority recently called all of their committee chairmen together and told them they had to start finding ways to save money. A Capitol Hill newspaper cited YouCut as prompting the request!

This is only the beginning. There is much more to do. America must reject the road of unsustainable debt; the stakes have never been higher.

Click here to cast your vote on which item should be brought up for a vote next week.

Regards,

Eric Cantor
House Republican Whip

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