EARTHblog » Aaron Mintzes
September 30, 2013
Last Thursday, the House of Representatives at the last minute unexpectedly scrapped a scheduled floor vote on HR 687, the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act. This bill privatizes protected public lands, enjoyed by campers, hikers, and climbers, sacred to the Apache people and turns them over to foreign mining corporations.
This is the 12th time Congress has considered this bill. Each time a new version appears, the opposition grows. Native American tribes, local communities, and environmental groups have demonstrated near universal opposition. The fastest growing source of opposition comes from Republican members of the House whose districts serve Native American communities. Many conservative Democrats too have expressed strong reservations.
September 20, 2013
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed HR 761, the poorly titled National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013. Every member of the House Majority voted for it joined by fourteen House Democrats.