R.I.P. Bill HR 621 – January 24 2017 – February 2 2017

On January 24, a bill was introduced to the House Committee of Natural Resources that set a blazing fire underneath many outdoorsmen and women in the country. The bill aimed to dispose of 3 million acres of public land, selling it to the first big oil and natural gas company to open their wallet wide enough. On February 2, the bill will be put to rest by its sponsor himself, Jason Chaffetz, a US Congressman from Utah.

Chaffetz’s decision came after thousands of comments blew up his notifications on Facebook and Instagram. Users were flooding his inbox with hashtags like #keepitpublic and #publiclandowner urging him to reconsider his position on the bill.

Well, the voices of thousands of hunters, anglers and other sportsmen were far too overwhelming to be ignored. Some late-night newsfeed scrolling would reveal Jason’s latest Instagram post, which stated:

“I am withdrawing HR 621. I’m a proud gun owner, hunter and love our public lands. The bill would have disposed of small parcels of lands Pres. Clinton identified as serving no public purpose but groups I support and care about fear it sends the wrong message. The bill was originally introduced several years ago. I look forward to working with you. I hear you and HR 621 dies tomorrow. #keepitpublic #tbt” 

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  • Wavetamer

    If he was so opposed to it, why did he support it in the first place?

  • Steve Ridling

    He says “small parcels” It was 3 million acres! Then tries to throw Clinton under the bus. I hope the hunters in his state remember this come election time.

  • M S

    We populists put the current people in power, but now they need to realize that we aren’t hillbilly suckers , and it isn’t going to be “business as usual”

  • roger matters

    The bill aimed to dispose of 3 million acres of public land, selling it to the first big oil and natural gas company to open their wallet wide enough. On February 2, the bill will be put to rest by its sponsor himself, Jason Chaffetz, a US Congressman from Utah………… it says he sponsored it yet he blames hillary . hope the red party voters wake up . the red party elite will destroy this country’s resources for any company or country that opens their wallets wide enough . in my state they were having china come in to consider buying land to frack . i live in pa . we have a lot of forest here .can you imagine having your water supply polluted by another country ? the red party is bad news .

  • Steven Puckett

    He did what he was supposed to do as a politician ,listen to the people and do the will of the people. thats how it is supposed to work. move along people nothing more to see here. pay attention and hold these people accountable.

  • Cookie Vranish

    It turned out great!

  • Mike Meyers

    Food for thought!

    Its time we have third party audit ability (reporting to the voters and paid through tax deductions) regarding politicians, from the federal to possibly, the local levels of government.