The Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources has scheduled a markup (votes will be taken) on May 5 to consider H. Res. 1254, introduced by Representatives Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) and Rob Bishop (R-Utah). This resolution of inquiry is aimed at requiring the Secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI) to turn over to the U.S. House of Representatives specific information related to potential National Monument designations. H. Res. 1254 is in response to the unanswered letter Hastings, Bishop and 14 members of Congress sent to DOI Secretary Ken Salazar in February requesting further information related to an internal document that revealed the Administration is considering designating 13 million acres of land as National Monuments using the Antiquities Act without any public debate. This unilateral action by the Administration could potentially prohibit responsible off-highway riding in the affected areas.
In addition to the congressional letter, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) sent a letter to Salazar, dated February 18, 2010. In the letter, the AMA addressed the concerns of its members and other user groups, stating its opposition to recommend the designation of National Monument areas without any public debate. The DOI responded to the AMA’s letter, claiming the internal document was merely a “brainstorming session.” To view DOI’s response, click here.
The AMA supports H. Res. 1254 and urges its members and, all motorcycle and ATV (all-terrain vehicle) riders, to contact their Representatives on the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources and voice support for this resolution. In a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, the AMA requested the Committee to support H. Res. 1254 at the markup on May 5.
You can find contact information for your elected officials at AmericanMotorcyclist.com > Rights > Issues & Legislation, then enter your zip code in the “Find Your Officials” box. A prewritten e-mail is available for you to send your Representative immediately by following the “Take Action” option and entering your information.
Please write or call your Representative today and ask them to cosponsor and vote in favor of H. Res. 1254 at the May 5 markup.