Senate Passes Resolution to Roll Back BLM Rule
March 10, 2017
The Public Lands Council and the American Sheep Industry Association hailed Senate passage of the resolution to repeal the Bureau of Land Management’s Planning 2.0 Rule. Passage in the upper chamber sends the rule to the President’s desk for signature, putting this damaging rule to rest once and for all.
PLC and ASI have long expressed concerns about BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule, which would represent a wholesale shift in management focus at BLM by prioritizing “social and environmental change” above ensuring multiple use of public lands and by eliminating stakeholder and local input into the planning process.
The Obama Administration finalized the BLM Planning 2.0 Rule in December. Under the Congressional Review Act, the U.S. House and Senate have up to 60 legislative days after a new rule becomes final to approve a joint resolution of disapproval, which will fully repeal the final rule if and when the resolution becomes law.
PLC and ASI stand ready to assist BLM in the crafting of a new planning rule that streamlines the process and makes decision-making easier and more efficient, while ensuring that impacted stakeholders have the ability to be part of the process and to have their voices heard.