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house Bill H.R. 823

Should 200k Acres of Federal Land in Colorado be Withdrawn From Mining Uses?

Argument in favor

Colorado’s public lands are integral to the state’s identity, economy, and commitment to sustainability. This bill would protect these important resources and ensure that they aren’t overrun by mining, mineral, and geothermal leasing interests.

burrkitty's Opinion
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10/31/2019
I am all for protecting our public lands from devastation by extraction.
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thedocta's Opinion
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10/31/2019
We need to protect as much land as possible from mining and deforestation entities.
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Jeffrey's Opinion
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10/31/2019
Keep federal land away from developers. This is the people’s land.
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Argument opposed

This bill is too extreme, and would overly restrict motorized recreation use of public lands. By taking so much land away from mining and mineral uses, this bill would also hurt Colorado’s economy. Finally, this bill isn’t supported by Colorado residents themselves — so it shouldn’t be enacted over locals’ wishes.

Kathryn's Opinion
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10/31/2019
You can’t pave paradise. Leave Mother Nature alone!
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BradHolt's Opinion
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10/31/2019
We need to protect our land, not suck it dry.
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Allison 's Opinion
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11/01/2019
Raping the land given us as stewards by the Creator of the universe for capitalistic endeavors is poor stewardship. You are scaring our planet and it’s magnificent beauty. “God always forgives, we men forgive sometimes, but nature never forgives. If you give her a slap, she will give you one.” “Our common home is being pillaged, laid waste and harmed with impunity. Cowardice in defending it is a grave sin.” ~Pope Francis We have it on loan for future generations. “Only when the last tree has died,? the last river been poisoned,? and the last fish been caught? will we realize we cannot eat money.” ~ Native American Proverb Please discontinue your efforts to harm the environment for profit and focus on creating new jobs in the renewable energy sector. Kind regards, Allison St. Claire
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed October 31st, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 227 Yea / 182 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedJanuary 28th, 2019

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Bill Activity

  • IntroReferral
    Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
  • Floor
    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
  • Floor
    On passage Passed by recorded vote: 227 - 182 (Roll no. 609).
  • Floor
    On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 199 - 210 (Roll no. 608).
  • Floor
    The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
  • Floor
    Floor summary: DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Tipton motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to require that nothing in the bill restricts any low-level overflight of military aircraft, flight testing or the establishment of a new special air space over any land areas covered by the bill.
  • Floor
    Mr. Tipton moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Natural Resources.
  • Floor
    The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
  • Floor
    The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 823.
  • Floor
    UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on agreeing to amendments to H.R. 823 which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
  • Floor
    The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
  • Floor
    Considered as unfinished business.
  • Floor
    Mr. Tipton moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Natural Resources. (text: CR H8701)
  • Floor
    Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H8698-8703)
  • Floor
    Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 656. (consideration: CR H8645-8665; text: CR H8652-8660)
  • Floor
    Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 823 as unfinished business.
  • Floor
    On motion that the committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.
  • Floor
    Mr. Neguse moved that the committee rise.
  • Floor
    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Crow amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment, and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Tipton demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings until a time to be announced.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 656, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Crow amendment No. 6.
  • Floor
    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Tipton amendment No. 5, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment, and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Tipton demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings until a time to be announced.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 656, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Tipton amendment No. 5.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 656, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Tipton amendment No. 4.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 656, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Tipton amendment No. 3.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 656, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Brown (MD) amendment No. 2.
  • Floor
    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Curtis amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment, and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Curtis demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings until a time to be announced.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 656, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Curtis amendment No. 1.
  • Floor
    GENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 823.
  • Floor
    The Speaker designated the Honorable Stephanie N. Murphy to act as Chairwoman of the Committee.
  • Floor
    House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 656 and Rule XVIII.
  • Floor
    Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 823, H.R. 1373 and H.R. 2181. The resolution provides for one hour of general debate for H.R. 823, H.R. 1373 and H.R. 2181. The resolution provides for proceedings during the period from November 1, 2019 through November 11, 2019.
  • Floor
    Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 656.
  • Floor
    Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 656 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 823, H.R. 1373 and H.R. 2181 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order.
  • Floor
    Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 656 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 823, H.R. 1373 and H.R. 2181. The resolution provides for one hour of general debate for H.R. 823, H.R. 1373 and H.R. 2181. The resolution provides for proceedings during the period from November 1, 2019 through November 11, 2019.
  • Calendars
    Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 179.
  • Committee
    Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources. H. Rept. 116-226.
  • Committee
    Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 23 - 15.
  • Committee
    Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
  • Committee
    Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Discharged.
  • Committee
    Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Discharged.
  • Committee
    Subcommittee Hearings Held.
  • Committee
    Referred to the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources.
  • Committee
    Referred to the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands.
  • IntroReferral
    Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed October 31st, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 227 Yea / 182 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedJanuary 28th, 2019

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    I am all for protecting our public lands from devastation by extraction.
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    You can’t pave paradise. Leave Mother Nature alone!
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    We need to protect as much land as possible from mining and deforestation entities.
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    Keep federal land away from developers. This is the people’s land.
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    I’m all for protecting as much of our lands as possible. Once we use their resources up, we’ve destroyed the land & there’s no going back. Protection now is the key!
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    Now more than ever, conservation is paramount. Greedy industrialists are actively ruining the planet with no thought for the people who inhabit it. We need to protect and care for this land so that it can last for generations to come as a great nation and not a plundered husk.
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    As a farmer, my dad told me, “once you destroy the land, you lose it forever.” Let’s work toward sustainable energy. Every little bit helps.
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    For some reason I don’t understand our government has given mining corporations Carte Blanche to destroy our eco systems and destroy our land with toxic craters!! That is horrifyingly wrong!! But our country in Appalachia, for example , has created a dismal economy full of sick people and opioid addiction!! Oklahoma is riddled with sink holes, daily tremors resulting from fracking!! Our government must represent our needs not just the pockets of billionaires!! We need laws that protect our lands from mining and fracking as well as hold the corporations that do so. Responsible for restoration and damages to affected communities!!
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    It seems to me that the people who made comments on the "Nay" side left comments that show they signed up wrong; except for the guy who said it should be up to the states. They seem to believe we should be protecting land that was given to our people to be used as parks meant to forever be left untouched.
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    We are in a critical moment for ensuring the earth will be a good home for our children and grandchildren. If we can learn to recycle, reuse, and restore rather than continually destroying our birthright, we can save it. If not, the future is bleak.
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    Since 45 had sunken take land away from Bear claw and a few other parks by all means YES! these should be put back and provide them for families for generations to come it we don’t destroy our climate first!!
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    We must protect our land from drilling and mining.
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    Colorado is already deeply damaged from irresponsible mining and fracking. Protecting these lands is a great step towards halting the senseless corporate greed and pollution that has poisoned our state.
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    This should be a state issue.
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    All federal land, parks must be protected from drilling / mining.
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    We need more protection of our public lands, not less.
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    Protect and defend WeThe People’s public lands! STOP PRIVATE development by CORPORATIONS who ARE NOT PEOPLE! Wrong for Montana Rep Gianforte to vote Nay! Get him out of Montana House of Rep! Vote Kathleen Williams 2020! She respects our Public Lands and the people’s right to keep this land PUBLIC and not exploit by private industry!
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    Why would federal lands be mined in the first place? Are we literally trying to ruin each and every parcel of land we have?
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    The land belongs to the people. Let’s work on sustainable energy sources.
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    We need to protect our land, not suck it dry.
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