Over 58 percent of Montana citizens oppose new wilderness designation yet Senator Tester has inserted his S268, wilderness bill, into an Interior appropriations bill.
S268 is illegal and violates several federal laws and the 5th and 10th Amendments to our U.S. Constitution. S 268 violates the 1964 Wilderness Act by not identifying and inventorying all private in-holdings and precious mineral reserves prior to wilderness designation.
Senator Tester has repeatedly refused to complete these inventories.
S 268 will put our national security at risk by locking away our reserves of precious minerals vital to our national defense. In the dark of night, after the Senate adjourned for fall recess, Senator Tester inserted S 268 into an Interior Department appropriations bill.
This appropriations bill will also increase grazing fees on public lands and increase funding for EPA inspections of private property and companies.
The Senator’s actions of pushing this bill are not about what is good for Montana but only a payback to his environmental friends who contributed heavily to his campaign. And for all those ads that Senator Tester is running claiming this bill was a collaborative effort and widely supported consider this fact. S 268 was written behind closed doors by Trout Unlimited and the National Wildlife Federation, both of which want nothing more than to remove people from the land and take control of your private property.
These are the people Senator Tester is listening to. If you care about Montana and the future of our children and grandchildren, call as many Representatives and Senators in Washington D.C. today and beg them to remove S 268 from the Interior appropriations bill. Call the D.C. switchboard at 202-224-3121. They will connect you to any of the House or Senate members. Please do it today!