Congressman Lamborn Opposes Largest Land Grab in Colorado History

February 26, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  Today, the United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 803, a package of Democrat land bills that would make up the largest land grab in Colorado history. This bill would create 1.5 million acres of new wilderness, and would permanently withdraw 1.2 million acres from mineral development. This legislation also limits both recreational and commercial access to existing federal land. This legislation also increases the threat of catastrophic wildfires by restricting forest management across wide swaths of federal lands.

Congressman Lamborn issued the following statement:

“This lands package would be the largest land grab in Colorado’s history. These proposed bills work against local economies. Our forests are already suffering from poor health, beetle infestations and wildfires, and these bills would further deprive the Forest Service of much needed flexibility for forest management. If this legislation were to become law, we would certainly face hotter, more widespread, and more dangerous fires.

“Many of the communities in my district have raised significant concerns about this legislation, including the loss of motorized access and recreation, the elimination of multiple use, and the overall threat to their local economies. Engaging local stakeholders and considering their on-the-ground expertise are critical steps in making decisions about public lands management. Congress should be in the business of supporting local governments in their efforts to manage public lands, not holding them hostage to dangerous policies made thousands of miles away.

“Lastly, this bill could severely harm our military readiness and threaten our national security. Colorado is uniquely suited for high altitude training, and I am concerned that this bill could hamper our military’s ability to train and prepare. Furthermore, this legislation halts mineral development, eliminates high paying jobs, and increases American reliance on the Chinese Communist Party and Russia. We should never be forced to rely on our adversaries.”

Congressman Lamborn authored an amendment on the Democrats land bill. The amendment stated that nothing in this act shall affect the use, operation, maintenance, or removal of a transmission right of ways and related infrastructure. The Democrats rejected this amendment.

Congressman Lamborn also authored an amendment which was included in the bill. The amendment requires a study to ensure that this act would not negatively impact the readiness of the Armed Forces.

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Watch Congressman Lamborn’s floor speech on the harmful effects of the bill here.

Contact: Cassandra Sebastian (719) 520-0055