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Greetings from Sierra Club Borderlands!

This week, an urgent cry for help:

“It looks like Republicans are trying to hit the Earth with an asteroid.” That’s how Bobby McEnaney, a senior public lands analyst with the Natural Resources Defense Council, describes an effort this week to hastily combine 14 public lands bills into one, dubbed the Conservation and Economic Growth Act (HR 2578), and move them through the House of Representatives (as quoted in an E&E Daily article).

Among those bills is Utah Representative Rob Bishop’s HR 1505, which waives a variety of federal protection laws along vast swathes of public land within 100 miles of U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada. HR 1505, the National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act (now "Title XIV" of the mega-bill), puts dozens of national parks, tribal lands, and protected natural areas at risk. Disguised as a border security initiative, it is, in fact, an assault on public lands and environmental health.

Tell your representative to vote NO on this overreaching mega-bill!

Important laws such as the Endangered Species Act and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act would be waived on millions of acres of public land within 100 miles of Mexico or Canada. The Coalition of National Park Service Retirees calls HR 1505 "the most direct assault on national parks ever to be advanced at any level in any Congress in U.S. history."

We knew HR 1505 might be voted on this month but did not expect it to be combined with 13 other proposals, which include provisions to allow clear-cutting of old growth forest in Alaska and off-roading in endangered sea turtle habitat.

Help us put a stop to this latest attempt to railroad HR 1505 through the House of Representatives. Tell your representative to vote NO on HR 2578, the overreaching mega-bill that includes HR 1505!

Once you have taken action, please forward the alert to friends and family and share it on Facebook and Twitter so that others can do the same.

Thank you for caring about our borderlands,
Dan Millis
Dan Millis
Borderlands Program Coordinator
(520) 620-6401

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