Stauber Votes Against Democrats’ Partisan Federal Land Grab Package

February 26, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Pete Stauber (MN-08) voted against the passage of H.R. 803, a massive federal lands package that permanently locks up millions of acres needed for mineral development and increases federal control over rural communities, lands, and waters.

Of this legislation, Congressman Stauber stated:

“As a Member of the House Natural Resources Committee, I believe we can serve as good stewards of our federal lands and still responsibly develop the resources upon which we all rely. Unfortunately, my Democrat colleagues hold the misguided belief that responsible stewardship means locking up federal lands for good. I find it especially troubling that House Democrats never held one hearing or markup on this lands package, choosing to leave the most impacted Members and their constituents out of this process altogether. Local, rural communities deserve to have their voices heard on this issue.

“By locking up thousands of acres of federal lands, this partisan package will limit access to outdoor recreation, kill high-wage energy jobs, set back American energy independence, and make us more reliant on hostile nations for critical minerals. I strongly oppose this legislation because rather than enforcing onerous restrictions that discourage multiple use, we should be empowering local governments in their efforts to responsibly manage public lands and develop the resources we need to build a brighter future.”

Under normal circumstances, H.R. 803 would have come before the House Natural Resources Committee for hearings and a markup. However, House Democrats bypassed this procedure and sent this legislation straight to the House Committee on Rules.

Republicans, including Congressman Stauber, still proposed more than 50 amendments to improve this partisan legislation.

Although Congressman Stauber had three amendments made in order to restore local control of lands, House Democrats still blocked votes on amendments ensuring that the bill would not lead to an increase in imports of metals mined with child labor. Democrats also blocked an amendment that would have created a fund for workers displaced by President Biden’s energy bans.