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National Parks

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Have you been fortunate enough to visit a National Park? Some Republican members of Congress want to sell off federal land, including that of National Parks to the highest bidder. A rule has been implemented in Congress making that easier for them to do so. While the initial backlash against the plan has caused congresspersons to back off the initiative, the rule stands. Call your representatives today and demand continued protection National Parks, nature preserves and wildlife habitats alike. 

Background

A quick rundown on Congressional procedure: we are currently in the 115th Congress. The new members of this 115th Congress were elected on November 8, 2016. The 115th Congress convened on January 3, 2017, (and will conclude on January 3, 2019). The during this session, 115th Congress had to adopt previous Congressional Rules and vote on any changes (the Federal Land rule is on page 35 in this document). 

There is approximately 640 million acres of federally-owned land. While National Parks have an increased level of protection compared to other federally-owned lands, there are resource-rich lands surrounding these areas, as well as federally-owned nature preserves and wildlife refuges.  For example, Arizona Republicans would like to open the mineral-rich land surrounding the Colorado River for mining purposes, while conservationists and environmental groups oppose this effort.


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