Dem amendments to land use bill rejected by House

One amendment from Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), for example, would have put restrictions on timber exports for land granted to an Indian tribe in Alaska. But that proposal was killed in a 184-236 vote.

Another, from Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), would have authorized a fee increase from the Department of the Interior to offset the cost of administering livestock grazing programs on federal land. But that was defeated 156-268.

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) proposed the elimination of language from the bill that would allow Customs and Border Protection officials to operate on federal border lands without having to comply with various environmental laws. This section of the bill was the most contested piece of the bill during debate, and the House rejected Grijalva's amendment by a 177-247 vote.

Another Democratic amendments was withdrawn — from Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii) to exempt Hawaii from that controversial border language.

The House accepted two Republican amendments. One from Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) would reduce the number of environmental laws that border agents would be exempted from, and it was approved by voice vote. The other was a technical corrections amendment from Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.).

Language from Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.) would have allowed all-terrain vehicles access to the Superior and Chippewa National Forest, but it was never offered.

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