Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-2) today released the following statement regarding passage of H.R. 4039, the Yerington Land Conveyance and Sustainable Development Act, as title IX of H.R. 2578, the Conservation and Economic Growth Act -- a larger jobs and public lands package.
Amodei: "After a busy day yesterday, which included passage of the Yerington lands bill, I want to express my sincere gratitude to Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-4) and Public Lands Subcommittee Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-1) for their help in moving this legislation out of the House of Representatives in 120 days from its introduction.
"I was surprised by the focus of some colleagues on other parts of the jobs and lands package in which the Yerington bill was passed. I can assure you, any opportunity I have to work with the 16 Democrats from across the nation who supported the measures on issues of primary interest to Nevada, such as grazing improvements, border security, fuel mitigation for Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest, and marksmanship training support for recreational shooting, is one I will continue to embrace without qualifications.
"Having sat on the jurisdictional committee that passed the bills in this package, the allegation of 'strong opposition in Nevada' is a statement whose foundation is unknown to me.
"I look forward to well-deserved support and leadership in moving the Yerington bill forward in the U.S. Senate. As the junior member of the House Republican Conference, I am sure the Senate Majority Leader will have no problem advancing Senator Heller's Yerington legislation in much less than 120 days."