FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 2, 2017
DENVER—Late last night Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz announced on Instagram that he will withdraw HR 621, the Disposal of Excess Federal Lands Act of 2017. This had been the fifth time Congressman Chaffetz introduced the bill, which required the Interior Department to sell off 3.3 million acres of American public lands.
The Center for Western Priorities issued the following statement from deputy director Greg Zimmerman welcoming Congressman Chaffetz’ decision:
“In the early days of the new Congress, elected officials have shown a perverse willingness to attack America’s air, water, and public lands. Built over a century ago by President Theodore Roosevelt, public lands form the backbone of the Rocky Mountain West, our economy, and our way of life.
“In withdrawing this shortsighted piece of legislation, Congressman Chaffetz has acted in the interest of citizens living across the West. Westerners support keeping public lands in public hands, and it’s time for Congress to drop future attempts to sell them off.”