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house Bill H.R. 2130

Does the BLM Need to Give Up Its Claim to Some Lands Along the Red River?

Argument in favor

These lands along the Red River are not public domain, and the BLM hasn’t surveyed the area to exert its control. The families who have lived in the area for generations shouldn’t have to worry about the BLM claiming to own their land.

operaman's Opinion
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12/09/2015
Yes. Much of BLM land grabs ends up as a land grab without improvements, charges exorbitant least costs or simply blocks public use. This sliver of land shouldn't be a big deal. But the BLM, being Federal bullied has to tackle a state and affect local ranchers. I believe this problem end with the EPA and their definition of waterways. In reality, the BLM doesn't care except to push citizens around.
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AndrewGVN's Opinion
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12/10/2015
The government shouldn't be interested in taking control of this land, as many people have private property on this land, and it would be foolish to have their land claimed by the government. Many people have deeds to this area of land, and their deeds shouldn't be simply ignored by the government, they need their land.
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GrumpyMSgt's Opinion
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12/09/2015
The BLM land grabs are simply a tool to help the EPA. In some cases, taking land that ranchers have used for generations. No need to spend 2 million dollars steamrolling over your constituents.
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Argument opposed

BLM and the Dept. of the Interior have every right to claim these areas for the public domain, and shouldn’t have to utilize court-approved survey methods to examine federal lands.

Gary's Opinion
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12/10/2015
That was sneaky. But the fact the someone issued deeds to federal land doesn't make them valid.
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J. scott's Opinion
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12/20/2015
These lands belong to the people and should not be sold off to corporations.
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Marvin's Opinion
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12/17/2015
No. That would mean trading them to entities who would defile the land.
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What is House Bill H.R. 2130?

This bill would require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) within the Dept. of the Interior (DOI) to disclaim any rights, titles, or interests in certain lands along the Red River between Texas and Oklahoma south of the South Bank boundary line.

It establishes a process by which BLM would no longer exercise authority over about 30,000 acres of federal land in the affected areas. BLM would also be required to commission a survey of a 116-mile section of the Red River.

Impact

Property owners in the disputed areas of the Red River, the BLM, and the DOI.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2130

$2.00 Million
The CBO estimates that implementing this legislation would cost $2 million over the 2016-2020 period.

More Information

In-Depth: Since 2013, there have been questions about the ownership of about 30,000 acres of land along the Red River after the BLM claimed to own land that some private individuals had deeds for. Sponsoring Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) introduced this legislation to clarify and ultimately settle the dispute between property owners along the Red River and the BLM:

“Private landowners deserve absolute clarity from the Bureau of Land Management and a fair resolution to this issue. Until that happens, we will not let up in our efforts to assure landowners that their private property rights along the Red River will be protected.”

The Obama administration has threatened to veto this legislation.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user diannlroy.com)

AKA

Red River Private Property Protection Act

Official Title

To provide legal certainty to property owners along the Red River in Texas, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • The house Passed December 9th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 253 Yea / 177 Nay
      house Committees
      National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedApril 30th, 2015

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    The government shouldn't be interested in taking control of this land, as many people have private property on this land, and it would be foolish to have their land claimed by the government. Many people have deeds to this area of land, and their deeds shouldn't be simply ignored by the government, they need their land.
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    Yes. Much of BLM land grabs ends up as a land grab without improvements, charges exorbitant least costs or simply blocks public use. This sliver of land shouldn't be a big deal. But the BLM, being Federal bullied has to tackle a state and affect local ranchers. I believe this problem end with the EPA and their definition of waterways. In reality, the BLM doesn't care except to push citizens around.
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    The BLM land grabs are simply a tool to help the EPA. In some cases, taking land that ranchers have used for generations. No need to spend 2 million dollars steamrolling over your constituents.
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    Being a fourth generation Texan myself, I can wholeheartedly appreciate and endorse Countable member Thomas' comment: "The land in question is in Texas therefore it is Texas land not Washington D.C. land. We don't want any federal alphabet agency down here taking things from people. There is no constitutional foundation for all of these federal land grabs, just the greed of the federal government. The history of Texas should make it clear that we don't put up with abuse for too long. We still remember the Alamo."
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    The families have owned the land for generations. If the government wants to own it, they should attempt to purchase it. Exerting claims over the land sounds like confiscation.
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    That was sneaky. But the fact the someone issued deeds to federal land doesn't make them valid.
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    The rivers should be claimed by the people and for the people not BLM... BLM has been a dirty and underhanded organization for years and it needs to stop
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    No. That would mean trading them to entities who would defile the land.
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    the land belongs to those who have been paying property taxes on it for years and years.
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    The BLM needs to give up its claims to ALL land within the United States! Return it to "We The People"
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    The land in question is in Texas therefore it is Texas land not Washington D.C. land. We don't want any federal alphabet agency down here taking things from people. There is no constitutional foundation for all of these federal land grabs, just the greed of the federal government. The history of Texas should make it clear that we don't put up with abuse for too long. We still remember the Alamo.
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    Public land should be managed on as local as a level as possible.
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    We need to resolve the issue. If they have valid proof of ownership, then it should be honored. Prove or disprove. By the way, what is with the 2 million dollar cost?
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    BLM should not have authority to "take" land from families because they make an arbitrary decision to do so. This is a slippery slope. "First they came for my neighbors land and I did nothing..."
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    Absolutely. The Feds have clearly violated private property rights and used chicanery to achieve their goals of exclusive land use, no matter who the true owner of the land is.
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    These lands belong to the people and should not be sold off to corporations.
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    The title of this is a bit misleading. If you read the details it calls for resolving ownership of the disputed land. Which I am in favor of.
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    Why does the gov own so much land? Really?
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    Yes
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    BLM is a worthwhile agency and they are directed by the enabling legislation to manage and protect certain lands and waters within the USA. If the people want to change the laws and regs they are directed to contact their federal legislators so they can clear up any misunderstandings of the public or the BLM.
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