House Passes Resolution of Disapproval of BLM Planning 2.0 Rule
February 10, 2017
On Tuesday, the House of Representatives voted 234-186 to approve a resolution that would withdraw the Bureau of Land Management Planning 2.0 rule that was issued in December by the Obama administration. The action occurred under the Congressional Review Act, a rarely used statute that allows Congress an expedited review of regulations issued by the administration as final within 60 Congressional session days. Action under the CRA further prohibits an agency from reissuing a significantly similar regulation in the future.
The BLM Planning 2.0 rule vastly changes the way BLM develops resource management plans across millions of acres of federal land and moves decision-making authority away from impacted states and to Washington, D.C. The rule also limits public and stakeholder engagement in planning, resulting in greater uncertainty for BLM permittees.
The measure must now be considered in the Senate and signed by the President before taking effect. In December, the American Sheep Industry Association asked the Trump Administration and the U.S. Congress to withdraw the rule and now urges the Senate to pass HJ Res 44 and withdraw the BLM Planning 2.0 rule.