For Immediate Release

Action Marks Culmination of Work by Numerous Western Organizations

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Joint Resolution 44 (H. J. Res. 44), a bill introduced by Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY), that will repeal the Bureau of Land Management’s Planning 2.0 rule under the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The resolution, which passed 234-186, marked the culmination of efforts by a wide range of organizations and leaders from Wyoming and across the west, including Governor Matt Mead.

“The action taken today in the U.S. House effectively reverses the Obama Administration’s misguided and failed attempt to undermine the rights of state and local governments to manage resources and land use inside their own districts.” Congressman Cheney said.

Members of the U.S. House and Senate received letters supporting Planning 2.0’s nullification from a wide range of organizations. Nearly all of the lands under BLM’s control are located across 12 western states, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced companion legislation to block implementation of Planning 2.0 in the U.S. Senate.

“I was proud to introduce this legislation and work with my colleagues to secure its passage in the House today. Repealing BLM 2.0 will help ensure the voices of Wyoming citizens and our local elected leaders are heard. I look forward to continuing to work to repeal regulations that stand in the way of economic growth and job creation. In Wyoming, we know that citizens in our local communities and our elected officials are the best stewards of our land and resources. Repeal of BLM 2.0 will help restore authority where it belongs – to our states and local communities,” Cheney concluded.

On Background

The Congressional Review Act (CRA) is an oversight tool that Congress may use to overturn a rule issued by a federal agency. When Congress passes a law, it grants rulemaking authority to federal agencies to implement provisions in the law.

Congressional Review Act (CRA) Text Relating to BLM Planning 2.0: “Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior relating to Bureau of Land Management regulations that establish the procedures used to prepare, revise, or amend land use plans pursuant to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976.”

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Congress disapproves the rule submitted by the Bureau of Land Management of the Department of the Interior relating to ‘‘Resource Management Planning’’ (published at 81 Fed. Reg. 89580 (December 12, 2016), and such rule shall have no force or effect.

Members of the U.S. House and Senate received support for Planning 2.0’s nullification from a wide range of organizations, including: Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts, Wyoming County Commissioners Association, Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation, Wyoming Stock Growers Association, the Wyoming Wool Growers Association, Petroleum Association of Wyoming, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, the Alaska Farm Bureau, Inc., Alaska Municipal League, American Exploration & Mining Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, American’s for Prosperity, American Sheep Industry Association, Arizona Association of Counties, Arizona County Supervisors Association, Arizona Farm Bureau Federation, Association of Oregon Counties, Attorney General of Colorado, California Farm Bureau Federation, Colorado Farm Bureau, Duchesne County Commission, Eureka County, Nevada, Forty mile Mining District, Idaho Farm Bureau Federation, Independent Petroleum Association of America, Montana Association of Counties, Montana Electric Cooperatives’ Association, Montana Farm Bureau Federation, Montana Petroleum Association, National Association of Conservation Districts, National Association of Counties, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Mining Association, Nevada Association of Conservation Districts, Nevada Association of Counties, Nevada Farm Bureau Federation, New Mexico Farm And Livestock Bureau, Oregon Association of Conservation Districts, Oregon Farm Bureau, Public Lands Council, Rural County Representatives of California, Utah Association of Conservation Districts, Utah Association of Counties, Utah Farm Bureau Federation, Washington Farm Bureau, Western Energy Alliance,  Western Interstate Region of NACo, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, the Yavapai Cattle Growers’ Association, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors.

Press Contact: Amy Edmonds-