Obama Signs Omnibus Lands Bill with Nod to Colorado, Bennet

Publication: The Colorado Independent

Author: David O. Williams


03/30/2009 - Politicians and environmentalists alike were quick to sing the praises of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, which President Obama signed into law Monday afternoon.

On MSNBC, Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter told anchor Contessa Brewer that Obama was going to great lengths to highlight the law’s importance to Colorado because the White House can’t allow Colorado’s other Senate seat, the one held by Democrat Michael Bennet, to be lost in 2010. Bennet was appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter to fill the seat of Ken Salazar, whom Obama made interior secretary.

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The Pew Environmental Group, which has closely tracked the omnibus bill as it bounced out of the Senate, narrowly lost a first House vote, then returned in a streamlined form that allowed for a simple majority vote, praised the speed with which the new Congress and Obama worked on the bill.

But Pew officials were quick to point out that huge swaths of roadless areas of federal lands (including 4.4 million acres in Colorado) remain at risk of development, urging the Obama administration to push for a return to the 2001 Clinton administration roadless rule.

Read the full article Obama Signs Omnibus Lands Bill with Nod to Colorado, Bennet on the Montreal Gazette's Web site.

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