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    This page contains bills sponsored by incumbent Senators who are running for re-election in 2008, plus House incumbents running for Senate in 2008. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on. These bills are selected as the "signature issue" that each legislator focused on.

01-H1689 on May 2, 2001

Signature Legislation: establishing a grassland reserve program to conserve grassland
Source: Grassland Reserve Act (H.R.1689)
Establishes a grassland reserve program for land that is or has historically been natural grass or shrubland and has significant potential for animal or plant restoration. Sets forth provisions respecting landowner easement payments and permitted and prohibited practices.
    Congress finds the following:
  1. Vast grassland once provided critical habitat for complex plant and animal communities throughout much of North America.
  2. Today, grassland areas have been largely converted to other uses, threatening and eliminating plant and animal communities unique to North America.
  3. A significant portion of the remaining grassland is on working ranches.
  4. Ranchers have an economic interest in preserving the remaining grassland as forage for their livestock.
  5. Many ranchers are also concerned about losing the open spaces and 'big sky' central to the ranching way of life.
  6. Apart from the loss of grassland, ranches themselves have steadily disappeared through the years and are likely to disappear at a faster rate in the immediate decade as a generation of ranchers reach retirement age.
  7. Ranch land provides important open-space buffers for animal and plant habitat.
  8. Ranching forms the economic backbone for much of the rural area of the western United States.
  9. Currently, there are no Federal programs that conserve grassland, ranch land, or other land with comparable high resource value, other than wetland, on a national scale.
  10. A grassland reserve program would provide important economic assistance to ranchers and other agricultural producers who may be struggling financially and who may voluntarily decide that participating in the program would be to their advantage.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 8. Question 8: Human needs over animal rights Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Environment
  • Headline: Establish a grassland reserve program to conserve grassland (Score: -1)
  • Headline 2: Establish a grassland reserve program to conserve grassland (Score: -1)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 8.
  • Headline: Establish a grassland reserve program to conserve grassland (Answer: C)
  • Headline 2: Establish a grassland reserve program to conserve grassland (Answer: C)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 8 on Environment: Which of the following statements comes closest to your personal view?
    • A: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity
    • B: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity, but should be somewhat protected
    • C: Natural resources should be mostly protected, but also exist for the benefit of humanity
    • D: Natural resources exist on their own and should be completely protected
    • E: Unsure


  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 01-H1689

Neil Abercrombie s2oHawaii Democrat (Resigned 2010) 
Rick Boucher s2oVirginia Democrat (until 2010) 
Bob Clement s2oTennessee Democrat 
Gary Condit s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Diana DeGette s2oColorado Democrat 
Cal Dooley s2oCalifornia Democrat (Until 2004) 
Earl Hilliard s2oAlabama Democrat 
Ronnie Shows s2oMississippi Democrat 
Bennie Thompson s2oMississippi Democrat 
Mike Thompson s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Mark Udall s2oCO Democratic Sr Senator; previously Representative 



Republicans participating in 01-H1689

Nathan Deal s2oGA Republican Governor 
Scott McInnis s2oColorado Republican (Until 2004) 
Butch Otter s2oID Republican Governor 
Charles Pickering s2oMississippi Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Pete Sessions s2oTexas Republican 
Mike Simpson s2oIdaho Republican 
Roger Wicker s2oMississippi Republican (Senate 2008) 



Independents participating in 01-H1689

Bob Schaffer s1iCO Former GOP Senate Challenger (2008) 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 11
Republicans: 7
Independents: 1


















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