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March 07, 2017

Inhofe Statement on CRA Overturning BLM's Planning Rule

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) committee, today voted in favor of H.J Res 44, a Congressional Review Act (CRA) Resolution of Disapproval to overturn the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) “Planning 2.0” rule. In 2016, BLM upended years of well-established procedures that guide the management of federal lands by implementing the Planning 2.0 rule that rewrites how BLM prepares, revises and amends federal land use plans.

 "The BLM’s new planning rule directly contradicts federal law by prioritizing conservation over other uses including agriculture, natural resource production and recreation, threatening our energy producers and ranchers by creating unnecessary delays and increased costs,” Inhofe said. “The rule also shifts the planning process from BLM field offices to unelected bureaucrats in Washington D.C. and further violates federal law by reducing collaboration requirements with state and local governments, who have a vested interest in certifying management plans work for those they represent. This CRA has overwhelming support from state and local governments and stakeholders and I am pleased that Congress is able to stop such a burdensome and costly rule.”

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