Today, Senate majority leader Harry Reid has broken his silence on Nevadan cattle rancher Cliven Bundy, whose family was confronted with armed federal agents sent by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) who attempted to confiscate his cattle, citing unpaid "grazing fees."
Clark County Sheriff Douglas Gillespie "helped negotiate a deal between the rancher and BLM" on Friday, as reported by local news outlet, St. George News. The negotiations came as protesters poured into the area on behalf of Bundy, 67, who has been fighting an uphill battle with environmental groups and BLM for decades.
A local news source, KRNV-DT Reno, reported that Harry Reid said that the so-called "cattle battle" is "not over."
Harry Reid was quoted as sayin,
"Well, it's not over. We can't have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it. So it's not over."
It seems there is more to this story than "cattle fees."
As syndicated radio host Dana Loesch writes,
“A tortoise isn’t the reason why BLM is harassing a 67 year-old rancher. They want his land.”
Back in 2012, Vin Suprynowicz of the Review Journal weaves a tale of environmentalists and the federal government run amok, pushing ranchers out of the area by pressuring them with increasingly burdensome regulations and imposing crippling and escalating fees. Many of the ranchers gave up eventually, with one exception: Cliven Bundy.