Over 90% of California’s Eighth Congressional District is federal land. I’ve consistently opposed efforts to restrict public access to public land, and I’ve fought to turn over more unneeded federal land to our cities and counties. All public land should have reasonable protections in place for hunting, mining, off-roading and other uses.
- Introduced H.R. 3668 to protect Off-Highway Vehicleactivity and mining in the California Desert.
- Led the successful fight to include language in H.R. 3304, the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, to save off-roading in Johnson Valley.
- Introduced H.R. 4313, the Historic Routes Preservation Act, which would create a process for counties to claim existing rights of way on federal land, preventing the closure of public roads rural areas.
- Introduced H.R. 3176, the Protecting our National Parks Act of 2015, which would make it a crime to vandalize national parks.