Senate Democrats have vowed to obstruct efforts to put approval of the Keystone jobs pipeline in legislation to be voted upon this week.
“Keystone is a program that we’re not going, that I am not going to help in any way I can,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, told reporters.
“The president feels that way,” Reid emphasized.
Upping the ante in Democrats’ efforts to kill the pipeline, seven of the eight slots given to Democrats on a conference committee to has out legislation went to Democrats who voted to kill the jobs pipeline.
The other, Montana Democrat Max Baucus, promised in writing he would not support Keystone as a member of the committee.
Democrats’ efforts to kill the pipeline come as rising unemployment and gas prices are putting millions of American families beyond their financial breaking point.
WASHINGTON – American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson released the following statement Wednesday evening upon the U.S. House’s passage of H.R. 10, The REINS Act, which requires federal regulations costing more than $100 million be approved by Congress and the President before taking effect.
“The U.S. House of Representatives has taken an important first step to restoring job growth and restoring Congress as our only legislative legislative body by passing the REINS Act.
“American Tradition Partnership has been an early and active advocate for the REINS Act, working closely with Sen. Rand Paul and urging our nationwide grassroots support network to phone, fax, e-mail and write their lawmakers in support of this critically needed reform.
“Instead of the current regime of “regulation without representation” where political activists with federal employee badges write their own rules, major federal regulations that impact Americans must go through a transparent, accountable rulemaking process.
“The question now is will senators join the House and the majority of voters who support the REINS Act? Will Max Baucus, Ben Nelson, Maria Cantwell, Claire McCaskill and others vote with job creators and their constituents, or will they side with the D.C. establishment and special interests who are choking off job growth?
“American Tradition Partnership, and our growing nationwide army of grassroots supporters, will be watching.”
ATP does not advocate the election or defeat of candidates. Supported by grassroots members, ATP is a fast-growing non-profit citizens’ group dedicated to fighting environmental extremism and promoting private property rights and responsible development and management of land, water, and natural resources.
Senate leaders met today to plan a series of votes on amendments intended to block an attempt by radicals in the EPA to impose federal carbon dioxide caps on employers, The Hill reports this morning.
The first amendment likely to be voted on? A false-front bill by Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) intended to allow endangered Gang Green senators to claim they blocked the EPA’s plan, while still allowing it to barrel ahead, in their re-election races next year.
It’s the latest attempt by Baucus to expand government and protect bureaucrats, at the expense of Montanans and citizens around the country.
Baucus’ plan is to protect the EPA’s job-killing bureaucracy in D.C., while killing jobs across the country and in Montana, by draining votes from an amendment authored by Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) that actually blocks the radical EPA scheme.
“After three decades in Washington, Max Baucus is protecting his friends in the EPA by killing jobs in Montana,” said American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson.
Call your two senators right now at 202-224-3121 Tell them to vote NO on the Baucus EPA amendment and YES on the Inhofe EPA amendment.
Also, go here or to https://secure.americantradition.org and chip in $500, $250, $100, $50, $35 or just $10? American Tradition Partnership is going all-out this week to build support for the REAL amendment to kill the EPA’s carbon dioxide caps.
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Go to www.WildernessGoneWild.com for the full story. H.R. 980 or NREPA is a 24 million acre land grab, sponsored by a New York City Congresswoman. This is complete insanity!
For Release: April 22, 2009
Contact: Jacob Leis
Phone: 888-987-8721 x3
Obama Administration revives Clinton forest road ban
Federal bureaucrats do end run around grassroots opposition to NREPA
HELENA – Access and productive use of twenty-four million acres of Northwestern federal land is at risk once again, due to a tag-team of Administration rules and the resurrection of the so-called Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA). The bill, sponsored by a New York City congresswoman would criminalize “mechanized travel” – including bicycle riding – on 24% of Idaho, 7 million acres in Montana, and 5 million acres in Wyoming.
Issue advocacy group Western Tradition Partnership has announced a massive grassroots effort to oppose these measures with calls, emails, and faxes to Senators through its website www.WildernessGoneWild.com .
“This is like Night of the Living Dead.” said Jacob Leis, Director of Membership for WTP, “NREPA and the Clinton Roadless Rule have been dead for over a decade, killed by the grassroots, but now they’re back.”
“The Obama Administration’s shameless throwback to the discredited Roadless Wilderness scheme will place our forests in danger, once again, of catastrophic destruction by fire,” said Leis, adding “We are urging the people to call on Senators Baucus and Tester to stop appeasing the eco-extremists, cut the lip service and oppose all Western land grabs.”
Only two of seventy-one original co-sponsors represent districts in the 5 affected states, which include Washington and Oregon.
Leis added, “While only a handful of radical environmentalist groups support H.R. 980 (NREPA), this radical agenda could pass due to the undue influence of East- and West-Coast liberals in Congress.”
“That is why the grassroots are outraged, and why nothing short of a promise of filibuster by Senators Baucus and Tester and other key Western Democrats will put this issue to rest.”
Many of these areas are responsibly used for timber and extractive resources, and also provide rights-of-way for the electric grid, especially for wind-generated power being generated in Montana and transported to market in California. Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming stand to lose tens or hundreds of millions in business and revenue income through lost tourism, and loss of productive value.
“With the continuing bad economic news and more Americans struggling to keep their jobs and small businesses afloat, NREPA is extremely irresponsible,” said Leis. “We estimate that hundreds of businesses and small towns will be devastated when recreationists decide to go elsewhere to enjoy the outdoors.”
For more details, please go to www.wildernessgonewild.com .
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