Cliven Bundy Taunts The Feds: ‘Why Don’t They Give Me A Bill?’

September 13, 2014 10:32 a.m.

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is still trying to stir things up with the federal authorities months after the national spotlight has turned away from his corner of the world.

The Elko Daily Free Press reported on comments Bundy made at a tea party-sponsored event Thursday in Elko, Nev. Officials there are advocating for public land to be transferred from federal to state control. But Bundy said that the state and local authorities already own the land.

He invoked his unauthorized grazing of cattle on federal land as proof.

“I don’t run my cows on United States government land, I run my cows in the state of Nevada and Clark County,” Bundy said. “And besides, if the federal government says I owe, why don’t they give me a bill? And why don’t they collect that bill?”

The comments were a bit strange, considering that the standoff earlier this year at Bundy Ranch was sparked by the Bureau of Land Management trying to round up Bundy’s cattle — because he owed $1.1 million in unpaid grazing fees, as the Daily Free Press noted, and after years of court battles over the grazing.

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