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“ONE IN 3 ACRES IN THE UNITED STATES IS OWNED BY THE FED­ERAL GOVERN­MENT AND I DEFY YOU TO FIND ANY­THING IN THE CONSTITUTION THAT JUSTIFIES THAT.”

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This is a com­mon claim—that it is un­con­sti­tu­tional for the fed­eral govern­ment to man­age land be­yond the District of Columbia or mil­i­tary bases. How­ever, a sub­com­mit­tee (7 Repub­li­cans, 3 Democrats, and 1 In­de­pen­dent) of the Con­fer­ence of Western At­tor­neys Gen­eral com­pleted a two-year anal­y­sis of this ar­gu­ment and de­ter­mined that it was un­founded. Also, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the fed­eral govern­ment has a right to own pub­lic land, go­ing all the way back to 1840, United States v. Gra­tiot. Lastly, Bishop over­states the ex­tent of fed­eral land hold­ings na­tion­wide, which is closer to 28 per­cent.

rul­ing: FALSE

REP. ROB BISHOP (R-UTAH) IN A STUMP SPEECH, OCTOBER 2011

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