Speech on floor of Congress
Federal Bureaucrats' Rule-Making
Says Gibbons, Is Strangling the West
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|Runaway rule-making by bureaucrats managing federal land agencies is beginning to strangle America's Western states, Nevada congressman Jim Gibbons told the U.S. House of Representatives this week|
| Unconstitutional usurpation of
Congress's legislative powers by Department of Interior
Secretary Bruce Babbitt and others has produced an
increasingly monstrous bureaucratic dictatorship under
which Westerners are struggling, said Nevada's Second
District representative in the Wednesday speech.
The usurpation, asserted Gibbons, has become "so powerful and hurtful that it cripples the economy, puts a stranglehold on businesses and farms, destroys livelihoods and families, and yet seems unstoppable."
In the speech -- published Thursday in the Congressional Record under the title, "BLM Bullies" -- Gibbons said federal agencies operating in the western states are effectively depriving citizens in those states of their liberty.
"Americans are no longer free," he said. "They are chained to the dictatorship of bureaucratic monsters. It is time for Congress to stand up for its constitutional rights and the protection of the American people."
"This is exactly what I and the Subcommittee on National Parks and Public Lands intend to do tomorrow when we bring the BLM and the Department of the Interior
before our committee
and the American people."
police powers without
having proper authority or training. The agents are
turning into bullies with little respect for public
safety or property."
-- Steve Miller
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