Senator Lee had several amendments he wanted to present. One would have required state approval of any lands acquired with these federal funds. Another would require the federal agency acquiring lands with these funds to first dispose of lands of equal or greater value within the state. Another would have required an annual report to Congress on costs of acquisition, maintenance and administration of any lands acquired by these funds. However, the Republican leadership denied him the opportunity to offer these amendments.
This column originally appeared in the July issues of The New Mexico Stockman and The Livestock Market Digest.