Rehberg Doubles Down on Unpopular 1505 Land Grab Bill
Exactly one year after sponsoring his unpopular Montana land-grab bill, Congressman Dennis Rehberg this morning went on rightwing talk radio to double down on his support for the controversial legislation.
Rehberg's bill, called H.R. 1505, allows one federal government agency total control over lands within 100 miles of Montana's northern border, allowing unelected bureaucrats the authority to close public access to hunting and fishing.
Rehberg threw his support behind H.R. 1505 without holding any public listening sessions. The outcry against the bill has mounted from across the political spectrum since Rehberg sponsored the bill on May 4, 2011.
"Congressman Rehberg's land-grab bill is a top-down, anti-hunting attack on the freedoms Montanans cherish," said Ted Dick, Executive Director of the Montana Democratic Party. "Congressman Rehberg still supports this controversial big government proposal because he refused to listen to Montanans."
Congressman Rehberg this morning repeated his false talking points in defense of his unpopular H.R. 1505:
Rehberg Rhetoric: H.R. 1505 resolves a "food fight" between federal agencies, like Homeland Security, Interior, etc.
REALITY: Janet Napolitano, the head of Homeland Security--the agency this bill is supposed to help--has called Congressman Rehberg's bill "unnecessary" and "bad policy."
Rehberg Rhetoric: "Liberal" special interest groups oppose H.R. 1505.
REALITY: Conservative bloggers have called Congressman Rehberg's plan his "retirement bill" and a "giant land grab for the police state."
Contrary to Congressman Rehberg's spin, Montanans oppose H.R. 1505 exactly because it gives too much power to one federal agency, which is the stated intent of his plan to give Homeland Security the ability to set up "forward operating bases" on Montana's lands.
Rehberg also sparked controversy across Montana after regulating American freedoms by passing the Patriot Act and REAL ID.