Omnibus Package Revived In Senate - Vote Scheduled Todayposted Mar 19, 2009
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Subject: Omnibus Package Revived In Senate - Vote Scheduled Today
This is an AAPL forward of a BRC Urgent Action Alert
Immediate Action Requested
Omnibus Package Revived In Senate - Vote Scheduled Today
See how to call your Senator below!!!
Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
In our last update on the massive omnibus public lands bill, wecautioned our members that the package is far from dead. We wrote:"Worse, possible scenarios are being considered that will prohibit fullreview as well as opportunity to offer amendments."
True to form, Congress is pushing ahead with yet another vehicle for theomnibus package. This time it's H.R. 146 - "The Revolutionary War andWar of 1812 Battlefield Acquisition Grant Program." This otherwiseworthy bill will be amended to include the contents of the omnibuspackage. The Senate is expected to take the bill up at 2 p.m. easternwith the first cloture vote due as early as 5:30 p.m.
At this point it looks as if the Senate leadership will either strike adeal to limit amendments in order for the bill to move quickly, or theywill just push it through without allowing any opportunity foramendments. Either way, the bill is likely to see its first cloture voteTODAY!
If the Senate passes the measure it is expected that House leadershipwill attempt to jam it through via one or more "closed rule" options.D.C. insiders expect House leadership to call the legislation up as a"preferential bill," which would prohibit committee review and limitamendments.
BRC is asking all of our members and supporters to call their SenatorsNOW. Finding their phone number is easy. Click here and enter your Zipcode. Simply tell your Senator that you oppose the Omnibus Public LandsAct and you want them to vote NO on H.R. 146.
Be brief. Be polite. Do it NOW.
As always, if you have any questions or need assistance call or email.
Public Lands Policy Director
208-237-1008 ext 102