Controversial Land Provision Dropped

Washington D-C – House Republicans have dropped a provision in
budget legislation that would've allowed the sale of public lands
for mining.
Western senators had criticized the provision, which would've
overturned a congressional ban that prevents mineral companies from
buying public land at cheap prices if the land contains mineral
Republican Representative Jim Gibbons of Nevada is author of the
mining legislation. He revised the provision yesterday, in an
attempt to gain Western support.
The new version dropped language that would have allowed the
direct sale of some lands that no longer contained minerals.