Republican U.S. Senate candidate Danny Tarkanian released the following statement on Harry Reid’s vote against an amendment put forth by Senator Jim DeMint (SC) aimed at protecting access to over ten million acres of public land in nine western states, including Nevada.
“Earlier this month, it surfaced from the Department of Interior that President Obama planned to reach into the archives of Executive authority and use the controversial Antiquities Act to declare fourteen sites, with more than ten million acres in nine western states, national monuments. The land targeted by the act is all either prime ranching, mining or energy rich land, and many members of Congress, including Sen. DeMint and the Congressional Western Caucus, have denounced the President’s plan as a backdoor maneuver to block energy development where agency regulation has failed.
“Today’s amendment by Sen DeMint would have stopped the President from seizing the land. Without the amendment, the President will now be free to eliminate access to millions of acres of public land, bypassing the legislative process and effectively cutting state and local governments out of the decision making process.
“Tonight was yet another reminder of how Harry Reid has failed to put the interests of Nevada first. This land-grab tactic is another attempt on the part of President Obama, with Harry Reid’s acquiescence in the Senate, to appease left-wing environmental activists and stifle productive public land use in Nevada.
“I am disappointed that Sen. DeMint’s amendment failed. Nevadans shouldn’t have to rely on South Carolina’s Senator to protect their interests and values.”