WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today made the following statement on the passage of the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 (S. 2739).
“The Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 contains a number of important water infrastructure measures, including a provision I have long worked to enact that augments drinking water supplies in the Central Oklahoma Master Conservatory District.
“However, the federal government already owns 653 million acres of land, which account for 28.8% of the land in the United States. These holdings require billions of dollars each year to maintain. Provisions in this bill authorize unknown sums of federal taxpayer dollars to study, acquire, and subsequently maintain additions to federal holdings. I am also concerned that the bill expands National Heritage Areas (NHA). As a strong advocate for private property rights, I believe the NHA designation should receive oversight to ensure that property rights are not negatively impacted.”