Subject: WHERE WILL THIS STOP?
-Tom DeWeese, American Policy Center
Land Rights Network
American Land Rights Association
PO Box 400 - Battle Ground , WA 98604
Phone: 360-687-3087 - Fax: 360-687-2973
Web Address: www.landrights.org
Legislative Office: 507 Seward Square SE - Washington , DC 20003
Urgent Action Needed!
Senate Committee S 787 Wetlands Vote on Thursday, June 18
Urgent! Please forward this message as widely as possible. You'll see from the included articles that this is a critical e-mail.
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) is scheduled to hold a vote (mark-up) on the Clean Water Restoration Act (Wetlands) (S 787) Thursday, June 18th.
The vote is on the official schedule for June 18th. Urge a NO vote.
Congress is trying to pretend that S 787 "clarifies" the Clean Water Act and the Supreme Court cases.. It does the exact opposite. It greatly expands the power of the Corps and EPA.
We can only get the message out fast enough to affect the vote if you forward this e-mail. Send it to your entire list. You are doing a great job but you must keep it up.
This is an urgent, all out call to action on the Clean Water Restoration Act (S 787) (Wetlands).
Deluge your senators with calls, faxes and e-mails at (202) 224-3121. You can call any Senator at that number. Their faxes are listed below. Ask for the e-mail of the staffer in charge of this issue. You need to make sure they know they will be held responsible for their votes on this issue.
Do you want the Corps and EPA in your backyard?
Do you want the EPA and Corps to control your water?
Do you want the Corps and EPA to control all your watersheds that means all your land too?
That's what will happen if the Clean Water Restoration Act (CWRA) (S787) passes Congress.
Besides private property, the Clean Water Restoration Act (CWRA) (S 787) threatens businesses, agriculture, small communities, grazing, forestry, mining and many other uses on private and Federal land. It will affect many kinds of manufacturing companies and businesses.
The Real Goal of the Clean Water Restoration Act (S787) is to give Corps and EPA Control over your water and all your watersheds. That means National Land Use Controls as well as control over all your water and land. That's because all land is in a watershed.
Congress is considering expanding the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act of 1972 to include "all waters of the United States" and "all activities affecting those waters" and not limit it to "navigable waters" as is currently the law under two Supreme Court Decisions, the Rapanos and SWANCC Supreme Court Decisions of 2006 and 2001.
S 787 expands the definition of waters and gives the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Corps of Engineers (Corps) and other Federal agencies control over activities that affect waters-any land use activities.
There has been no hearing on S 787 in this Congress.
Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) tried to ram through a vote on S 787 Thursday, May 7th, but there were objections. The Committee wanted to vote May 20th and June 10th but were unable to.
That's because of your phone calls, e-mails and other contacts. You are doing a great job but you must keep it up.
Also call the National Rifle Association at (703) 267-1000 to stop their back room deal selling out farmers, ranchers and landowners. As a life member of the NRA, I want the NRA to protect our guns, not help take our land.
They did the same thing on the huge "Omnibus Federal Lands Bill" that passed including 150 separate bills with NRA help a couple of months ago. The NRA also supported CARA until American Land Rights successfully organized a rump group within the NRA to pull their support for CARA several years ago.
If you live in Montana , you should know that Senator Max Baucus is working on a backroom deal to get S 787 voted out of Committee. The people in Montana must rise up and tell him no to the Clean Water Restoration Act, S 787.
If you live in Tennessee , Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is also working on the backroom deal to pass S 787. You need to call him and give him a piece of your mind.
If you live in Ohio , you need to ask Senator Voinovich to stop trying to pass S 787.
If you live in Minnesota , understand that Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) is working in the dark of night to pass S 787 with Senators Baucus (D-MT), Alexander (R-TN) and Voinovich (R-OH).
Action Items: Here's what you can do to fight back.
1. Forward this message to your entire list if possible. This is a huge issue for rural America and every landowner.
2. Call your Senator or Senators who are on the Environment and Public Works Committee list below to insist that the Committee hold new hearings on S 787 in this Congress before any vote. When you call, ask them to vote "NO" on S 787. Ask for the staff person who handles S 787 and ask for his or her e-mail or fax.
3. You must deluge the Committee with calls requesting hearings and a no vote. Call any Senator at (202) 224-3121.
4. Send a fax to your Senator. A faxable formatted pdf Testimony Questionnaire can be printed out from American Land Rights at www.landrights.org
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5. Tape a copy of this e-mail to your refrigerator door to remind you what to follow up on this week and later.
6. You can get both a formatted Testimony Questionnaire that you can fax and an unformatted text version that you can put in e-mail. It is too late to use the US Mail. We have included the fax number for your Senator who is on the EPW Committee listed below.
7. You must also request a recorded vote on S 787 when they do vote. We must be able to give the Senators that vote for this huge land and water grab all the credit they deserve for their votes.
8. Call the National Rifle Association at (703) 267-1000. Insist that they overturn their backroom deal and come out against S 787.
9. You should call both your Senators even if they are not on the EPW Committee to ask that they request the EPW Committee to hold new hearings and that any Senators on the Committee they talk to vote no on S 787.
There must be an all out call of outrage to the Senators on the Committee opposing a vote until they hold a hearing this year on the new bill S 787. You can call any Senator at (202) 224-3121. Make sure they know you oppose S 787 and urge them to vote against it. Make sure they know you will hold them responsible.
Here is a list of the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) Members: Their phones must ring off the hook. You want new hearings held in 2009.
Call your Senators, and then call the other Senators. You can call all Senators at (202) 224-3121 or their individual offices listed below.
EPW Comm: Democrats: PH: 202-224-8832 Fax: 224-1273
Barbara Boxer, CA (Chair) Ph: 202-224-3553 Fax 224-1454
Max Baucus , MT Ph: 202-224-2651 Fax 224-9412
Thomas Carper, DE Ph: 202-224-2441 Fax 228-2190
Frank Lautenberg NJ Ph: 202-224-3224 Fax 228-4054
Benjamin Cardin, MD Ph: 202-224-4524 Fax 224-1651
Bernard Sanders, VT ( Ind ) Ph: 202-224-5141 Fax 228-0776
Amy Klobuchar, MN Ph: 202-224-3244 Fax 228-2186
Sheldon Whitehouse , RI Ph: 202-224-2921 Fax 228-6362
Tom Udall, NM Ph: 202-224-6621 Fax 228-3261
Jeff Merkley OR Ph: 202-224-3753 Fax 228-3997
Kirsten Gillibrand, NY Ph: 202-224-4451 Fax 228-0282
Arlen Specter, PA Ph: 202-222-4254 Fax 228-4254
EPW Republicans: PH: 202-224-6176 Fax: 224-5167
James Inhofe , OK (Rnk. Mem.) Ph: 202-224-4721 Fax 228-0380
George Voinovich, OH Ph: 202-224-3353 Fax 228-1382
David Vitter, LA Ph: 202-224-4623 Fax 228-5061
John Barrasso, WY Ph: 202-224-6441 Fax 224-1724
Mike Crapo , ID Ph: 202-224-6142 Fax 228-1375
Christopher Bond, MO Ph: 202-224-5721 Fax 224-8149
Lamar Alexander, TN Ph: 202-224-4944 Fax 228-3398
You must take urgent action to help stop the CWRA (S787) (Clean Water Restoration Act). This bill will have a huge impact on business, agriculture, small communities, rural America , farming, ranching and all private lands. It will overturn the Rapanos and SWANCC Supreme Court Decisions of 2006 and 2001. No one who owns private land is safe.
Your help is greatly appreciated.
For more information, please visit American Land Rights Association web site at: www.landrights.org