The government currently controls 640 million acres of land, 1 out of every 3 acres. Senator Coburn offered a motion to strip a provision expanding existing national parks, creating 8 new parks, designating 245,000 acres as federal wilderness, and removing another 299,000 acres from natural resource production. Conservatives should be fighting to stop the growth of federal land and to return large swaths of federal land to states and private owners, not adding to the size of the federal government. This motion was rejected on December 12, 2014 in a roll call vote of 18-82.
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Conservative position: YES
Author: CR Staff