The House will use the Congressional Review Act to overturn the Bureau of Land Management Planning 2.0 rule on Tuesday, which was intended to improve BLM’s ability to administer public lands. In reality, this power grab centralizes control in the federal government over large swaths of land, especially out west.
The rule reduces the authority of county commissioners and of state and field officers who know their land best, giving that power to Washington bureaucrats to centrally manage resources in places they don’t even live.
This rule isn’t small-ball. It will consolidate BLM’s authority to prepare and implement resource management plans for more than 175 million acres of lands in 11 western states, according to the American Stewards of Liberty. That’s over 4,000 times the size of Washington, D.C.
According to the National Association of Counties, the BLM manages land in 477 of the nation’s 3,069 counties, sometimes controlling over 90% of a county’s land.
Who It Hurts
In Garfield Count, Colorado, over 60% of their land is owned by the federal government. When Washington applied the same type of approach as BLM’s Planning 2.0 rule for sage-grouse conservation, County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky said, it blocked $33 billion in natural gas reserves in the county from being accessed.
Why We’re Doing This
The bureaucracy is a threat to our
· and People
The House has already passed legislation to change the structure in Washington so the federal bureaucracy is subject to the people and so we stop getting the same bad results year after year. Now, we’re targeting specific harmful regulations and stripping them off the books.
What We’ve Already Done
The House has already voted to overturn five harmful regulations using the Congressional Review Act: