Public outcry killed a federal land transfer bill only about a week after it was introduced in Congress.

The bill was introduced in the U.S. House last week proposing the sale of 3.3 million acres of federal land in the West, including more than 1,700 acres in Garfield County. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, announced via social media Wednesday night that he would withdraw H.R. 621.

“The bill would have disposed of small parcels of lands (President Bill Clinton) identified as serving no public purpose but groups I support and care about fear it sends the wrong message,” Chaffetz wrote. “The bill was originally introduced several years ago. I look forward to working with you. I hear you and HR 621 dies tomorrow. #keepitpublic #tbt”

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