Rep. Cheney Acknowledges ASI Support of Bill Withdrawing Planning 2.0 Rule
February 24, 2017
Earlier this month, the House of Representatives approved a resolution that would withdraw the Bureau of Land Management’s Planning 2.0 Rule. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) and 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.
“Your advocacy helped convince the House to consider this important piece of legislation,” Cheney said in a letter to ASI Past President Burton Pfliger. “No state was hurt more than Wyoming by eight years of federal overreach. I’m proud that Congress is taking quick steps to reverse these damaging rules and regulations.”
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.
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.