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Senator Lee is in Utah during the Senate Recess Work Period meeting with a number of constituents and groups.
From the Senator’s Desk
“Today, Senator Mike Lee applauded the decision by Secretary of the Interior Salazar to not designate any lands as “Wild Lands” in accordance with the 2011 Continuing Resolution. Senator Lee also indicated he stands ready to work with the Utah state legislature and other state and local officials to evaluate current wilderness study areas.
“Secretary Salazar has rightly recognized that Congress, and not the Department of the Interior, has the authority to designate wilderness areas; he has also recognized the importance of working with federal, state and local representatives in managing federal land,” said Senator Lee, who sits on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. “With nearly 70 percent of Utah lands under federal control, it is critical that we have a say early in the process to protect the rights of Utahns and all Americans to access and use federal lands…”
Today’s news was welcomed by Senator Lee as an acknowledgment that the Interior Department cannot and should not act unilaterally to impose a highly restrictive land use policy.
“The ‘wild lands’ policy that was abandoned by the Secretary today would have harmed the Utah economy, prevented job growth, blocked domestic energy development, and resulted in less revenue for our state,” Lee added. “I appreciate that the Secretary has shifted his position and we can now work together with state and local officials to determine the future designation of our current wilderness study areas.”
“[White House press Secretary Jay] Carney said Obama plans to listen to their concerns but will also underscore their duty to the nation by citing a letter that President Ronald Reagan sent to Capitol Hill demanding a debt limit increase in 1983. ‘The risks, the costs, the disruptions and the incalculable damage lead me to but one conclusion: The Senate must pass this legislation before the Congress adjourns,’ the letter says. Carney added: ‘We agree with Ronald Reagan and many others that we cannot default.’” - House rejects proposal to raise debt ceiling, The Washington Post 6/1/2011
Everyone is in agreement we should not default on our debt obligations. However, the President disagrees that we should do anything to fix the problem. He wants a “clean” debt ceiling vote, meaning the President wants to push Americans further into debt without addressing the reasons why we have so much debt in the first place. That is the very definition of being fiscally irresponsible.
Around the Water Cooler
Gas Prices: “Our problem is a president who would rather buy foreign oil than produce it here in America and is willing to subsidize those purchases as well, even if it means shipping American jobs overseas.”
Debt Limit: House overwhelmingly rejects “clean” debt limit
Public Land: Obama ditches idea for "Wild Lands"
A Look Ahead
A report out today says just 38,000 jobs were created in May, significantly below the 175,000 that economists predicted. While the Administration is focused on scaring seniors and raising taxes on America’s energy producers, the economy continues to flounder. As the Work Period comes to a close and the Senate goes back in to session next week, Senate Republicans will look to highlight the President’s unimpressive record on creating jobs.