One year later, Rehberg still pushing his unpopular land-grab bill
One year ago tomorrow, Congressman Rehberg cosponsored his controversial H.R. 1505 -- a plan to allow Homeland Security to have "total operational authority" over the northernmost 100 miles of Montana. The proposal could allow D.C. bureaucrats to shut down prized hunting land and build roads across federal lands with no public input.
Congressman Rehberg has held no listening sessions on the bill over the last year. And he's told Montanans absolutely nothing about the bill's status once he suffered heavy criticism for his controversial plan.
Here's more on the status (or lack thereof) of Congressman Rehberg's controversial plan to give Homeland Security unprecedented power over Montana's land and freedoms:
May 4, 2011 - Congressman Rehberg becomes a co-sponsor of H.R. 1505 [GovTrack.us, accessed 5/3/12].
July 8, 2011 - Experts call Congressman Rehberg's bill "the most breathtakingly extreme legislative proposal of its kind" [Great Falls Tribune, 9/19/11] .
September 27, 2011 - Blaine County Comissioner calls Rehberg's bill "scary stuff" and "dangerous" [Bozeman Daily Chronicle, 9/27/11].
October 05, 2011 - HR 1505 leaves final committee [GovTrack.us, accessed 5/3/12].
December 14, 2011 - Tribal leaders say Congressman Rehberg's bill would be "catastrophic" for their sovereign rights [Glacier Reporter, 12/14/11].
January 14, 2012 - Conservative blogger calls H.R. 1505 Rehberg's "retirement bill" [PolyMontana, 1/14/12].
March 9, 2012 - Secretary of DHS Janet Napolitano calls the bill "unnecessary" and "bad policy" [Congressional Quarterly, 3/9/12].
March 13, 2012 - Former U.S. Senate candidate Steve Daines, a Republican, trashes Rehberg's bill, saying it gives the government "more power than needed." [Voices of Montana, 3/13/12].
April 19, 2012 - Ex-Parks Service employees call Congressman Rehberg's bill "bizarre," adding that if the bill passes, "It wouldn't be unusual if a park visitor came to a place like Glacier National Park and instead of seeing a park ranger and a friendly smile, saw a border patrol agent and all of the equipment they carry" [KPAX, 4/19/12].
May 3, 2012 - Congressman Rehberg continues his silence on his unpopular plan.