Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday argued the battle between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the federal government is “not over.”
“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,” Reid told KRNV-TV.
On Saturday, the Bureau of Land Management released roughly 400 head of cattle it had seized from Bundy in Clark County, Nev., a short time after prematurely putting a stop to the roundup, citing concerns for public safety.
The news may not come as a surprise to the hundreds of states’ rights protesters, some of them armed militia members, who are supporting Bundy in the case. KRNV-TV reports that many of them already expect federal agents to return in greater numbers later this week.
Though federal officials urged protesters to stay calm and vacate the area, many of the protesters reportedly remained at the site.
The battle between Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management has turned into a national debate over states’ rights and federal land-use policy. Bundy explained to Glenn Beck on his radio show Monday why he refuses to recognize federal authority on land he insists belongs to Nevada.
Watch Reid’s interview and KRNV-TV’s full report via the Washington Free Beacon below:
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