So the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 is not totally dead! I was not fully aware of the situation yesterday, so sorry for my downer of a post. Below you can see a break down of yesterdays votes (from here): 282 Aye (248 Democrat, 34 Republican); 144 Nay (141 Republican, 3 Democrats).
"John J. Duncan Jr. (Tenn.), who also is on the Natural Resources Committee, said in a floor speech that while the bill fell short of passage, members nevertheless voted overwhelmingly in favor of it. "All this really means is that it will now be taken up under regular order, where it should have been in the first place and which requires only a majority vote. Thus, there is no question this bill will pass the next time it's taken up," he said. [link]"
What I was told today is that they bill is now in some sort of "discussion phase." [Sorry I can not describe it in better detail. The way these things work does not make much since to me and after talking about it more, the process seems pretty convoluted to me.] And with the vote showing that there really is interest in this bill, hopefully there will be many positive discussions to come. It was also suggested to me that this is the time to contact your representatives - and often! We really need to let them know what we think of this bill and that it is important to us. So please take the time to pester your representative about this and when I have more information I will be sure to pass it along! ;)
Till then, check out Fossils and Other Living Things which talks about yesterdays events towards the top of the post (also check out the column on the right).
© ReBecca K. Hunt-Foster