Your Right to Private Property is Being Threatened by Congress

The Conservation and Reinvestment Act (CARA) is a Billion Dollar a Year Land Grab of American Citizen’s Soil

July 9, 1999

Both the House and the Senate of the U.S. Congress have proposed companion bills, HR 701 and S 25, that will give the Fed’s and their green allies over $1 billion annually to “buy” private property and put it in federal hands. Federal agencies, along with thugs like the Nature Conservancy, will be able to use the funds to pressure unwilling property owners to sell their land. The bill fits perfectly into the Clinton Administration’s “Urban Sprawl” land grab.

This bill is the most anti-private property and landowner legislation proposed in years!

CARA is expected to move out of the House and Senate committees this month. We must exert pressure on House and Senate leadership and our own Congressmen so that this bill dies.

Among the numerous reasons we should oppose CARA are that no private property will be safe with these funds available, hundreds of small communities in existing Federal areas will be wiped off the map, Green groups will seek to designate hundreds of areas of private land as new government reservations, billions of dollars of private land will be taken off the tax rolls, forcing up local taxes.

Environmental groups and big government proponents are salivating at this opportunity to acquire private property for their self-serving, detrimental agenda. The Greens recently sent an army of workers to Capitol Hill to pressure our representatives into supporting this attack on our constitutional liberties. We must counter their efforts!!!


1. Call House and Senate Leadership and demand that they block a floor vote on the Conservation and Reinvestment Act!

House: HR 701

Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) (202) 225-0600
Majority Leader Richard Armey (R-TX) (202) 225-4000

Senate: S 25

Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) (202) 224-3135

2. Call your Congressmen, both of your Senators and your Representative and urge them to vote AGAINST this bill. Capitol Hill Senate Switchboard (202) 224-3121. Capitol Hill House Switchboard (202) 225-3121.


Tom DeWeese
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Tom DeWeese is President of the American Policy Center and National Grassroots Coordinator for CFACT (Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow) working to help local activists organize into Freedom Pods ( He is also the author of three books, including Now Tell Me I Was Wrong, ERASE, and Sustainable: the WAR on Free Enterprise, Private Property, and Individuals.