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Stop the Federal Government's Land Grab

Aug 4, 2014
Straight Talk with Sam

Most people know that when you have dug yourself into a hole, the first thing you do is stop digging.  Unfortunately, this kind of common sense has escaped many in Washington.  Currently, the federal government owns over a quarter of all land in the United States. This is far more land than it is able to maintain; the National Park Service alone has a maintenance backlog over $12 billion.

Despite this staggering maintenance backlog, the federal government continues to dig a deeper hole.  Over the years, we have seen federal agencies buy up more and more private property, often times using it for wasteful, pet projects, like those we’ve seen along the Missouri River for so many years. 

This is why I introduced the No More Land Act.  This bill prevents the federal government from acquiring any more land, changes its focus to reducing the maintenance backlog for land it has already acquired, and brings accountability to the agencies responsible.  By structurally changing the priorities of these agencies from acquiring more land to maintaining the land it already holds, they can focus efforts on clearing the backlog, rather than continuing to purchase private land at an alarming rate. 

This is just another in a long list of instances where we see a federal government that has grown too big and is trying to do too much.  My bill goes a long way in setting new priorities for these federal agencies and stopping the blatant power grab we have seen from them for too long now.



Sam Graves

Sam Graves