Key Conservative Concerns
*Blocks millions of acres from new oil and gas leasing, logging, mining, and all other business activity in these areas.
*Eliminates 1.2 million acres from mineral leasing and energy exploration in Wyoming alone – withdrawing 331 million barrels of recoverable oil and 8.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas from domestic energy supply.
*Designates more than 2 million acres of land as wilderness areas;
permanently eliminating human access for energy exploration or recreational opportunities.
*Eliminates a proposed terminal site for importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Massachusetts by designating a river that runs through a city as “wild and scenic”.
*Authorizes $5.5 billion of new discretionary spending and $915 million of direct spending.
*Codifies the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) within the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) creates a duplicative agency without a clear mission or structure.
*Contains over 80 new wilderness designations or additions to federal lands. Undermines the Second Amendment by potentially restricting hunting opportunities on BLM land.
*Eliminates the ability of local government to tax itself – costing taxpayers around $7 billion per year.
*Makes collecting fossils an illegal activity, subjecting thousands of hobbyists to 5 years in federal jail.
*$3.5 million to the city of St. Augustine, FL for a birthday party,
*$200,000 for a tropical botanical garden in Hawaii
*$250,000 to study the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton in the U.S. Virgin Islands
*$37 million for a park in New Jersey that is not even supported by the National Park Service.