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Rehberg bill could have far-reaching consequences


I am writing in regard to a very controversial bill co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg of Montana. It is the "National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act — HR 1505 — which would give the Department of Homeland Security far-reaching and unchecked authority over our public lands under the guise of national security.

DHS has not asked for this legislation. In fact both DHS and the U.S. Border Patrol have publicly stated this type of unrestrained authority over public lands is unnecessary for DHS to accomplish its goals.

Due to its far-reaching and intrusive scope — within 100...


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