Senate Defense Bill Allows Obama to Steal Hundreds of Thousands of Acres of Land From Western States

Instead of concerning itself with our national defense, the new Senate National Defense Authorization Act provides for the federal government to steal millions of acres of land from western states like Montana.

The defense bill was passed on Friday allows for $585 billion in discretionary spending by the Pentagon as well as affording $63.7 billion in overseas contingency operations funding. But it also includes 70 different public land grabs.

The new provisions designate an additional 250,000 acres of land to be property of the federal government. This is the biggest land grab since Obama’s last land grab in 2009.

Some of the measures, though, do open areas to logging and mining, notably in Alaska.

Montana Senator Jon Tester celebrated his “yes” vote on the land grabs.

“I am proud of this historic agreement, and I am particularly proud today to be a Montanan,” Tester said. “Montana is home to sky-touching mountains and beautiful plains. It’s home to hardworking men and women and to Native Americans with deep connections to the land. But it’s the Last Best Place because we are all of these things and because we are willing to work together to preserve and strengthen them.”

One of the provisions restored mineral rights to local Indians. The Northern Cheyenne Lands Act gave mineral rights back to the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation and opens up 112 million tons of coal for mining.

This is all part of the growing number of acres stolen away by the federal governmentthe state of Utah has begun to look for ways to put a halt to Obama’s land grabs and announced plans to try and take back some of the land the federal government stole from the state.

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  • B Beaches

    Well China wanted 50 square miles right in very middle of America for “city”the other year……what happened there?Will be CHINESE HOSTILE ENEMY ARMED FORCES BASE!!Dont EVER think China is USA friend~communists and propagandist liars!!Right now trying to de-value US Dollar and take over with Chinese yuen(which stats are based on propaganda)

  • Vagabond661

    On January 3rd of 2015 at noon, when the new Congress is getting sworn in, we need to gather at our local place of government and tell the new Congress what we want, specificlly to reel in this out of control spending.

    Throw in there repealing Obamacare and dumping the non-executive order of illegal amnesty.

  • jim_m

    Remember that all oil production expansion has occurred on private lands. The only reason that new oil reserves are being opened up is because land remains private property. This is a way for the left to guarantee that any economic progress is throttled by the federal government in the future.

  • Par4Course

    Warner: First you say: “Instead of concerning itself with our national defense, the new Senate National Defense Authorization Act provides for the federal government to steal millions of acres of land from western states like Montana.” Then you continue: “The new provisions designate an additional 250,000 acres of land to be property of the federal government.”

    I’m no fan of this bill, but “250,000 acres” is not “millions of acres.” When criticizing, accuracy matters.

    • Commander_Chico

      I think other things are left out of the story, too.

      The federal government can’t just “designate” land to be its property by a law.

      • Couldn’t cover every aspect, of course, but that is also a good thing to highlight as a BAD policy.

      • jim_m

        It’s called eminent domain and yes they can. They can even do it for no other reason than they want to enrich a campaign donor, or at least so says the SCOTUS under Kelo.

        • Commander_Chico

          Eminent domain takes a court case, not a law.