No Money for Land Conservation

I wrote back in March that Republicans were unhappy with the administration's "wild lands" policy, which lets the Department of the Interior use public lands for conservation. The policy doesn't put public lands out of commission permanently but provides the option to keep the land wild, instead of developing it for uses like recreation or mining.

According to the fact sheet the House Appropriations Committee put out this morning, Republicans have found a way to squelch this idea. The new budget bill, the release says, "includes a limitation on the use of funds to implement the Bureau of Management's 'Wild Lands' policy." It just goes to show that, since Republicans now have the power of the purse in Congress, they can do more than just complain about their dislikes.