H.J.Res.44 – Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior

H.J.Res.44 – 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 - In the latest effort by the 115th Congress to scuttle rules adopted during the Obama Administration, by legislative fiat, the Senate repealed a new rule intended to modernize federal land management on BLM lands. Both Alaska Senators voted in favor of the repeal although BLM manages more lands in Alaska than any other state. Instead of assuring that Alaskans are guaranteed public access, transparency, and sunshine in planning on federal public lands, Alaska Senators concluded they knew best and stuck agency planning processes back in the 20th Century.

This is the fourth Congressional Review Act resolution this Congress has sent President Trump. Previously, Alaska’s Delegation has voted in favor of H.J.Res.38, which repealed the Department of Interior’s Stream Protection Rule, which prohibited the destructive and wasteful coal mining practice that removes the tops of mountains and dumps the overburden into downstream watersheds, smothering all aquatic life and destroying surface and groundwater quality. On Valentine’s Day, President Trump signed into law H.J.Res.41, a joint resolution nullifying a rule, mandated under the Dodd-Frank Walls Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, that required drilling and mining firms to disclose all payments made to governments for commercial development of oil, natural gas, or minerals.

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