Rep. Lynne Cheney (R-WY) has introduced House Joint Resolution 44 and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-KA) introduced House Joint Resolution 15 under the Congressional Review Act that would repeal recently completed planning regulations that increase transparency and provide more public input on resource management plans for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands. These regulations were the result of more than a year of public input and the resolution would repeal these regulations and prohibit the BLM or the Department of the Interior to make any changes and resubmit them in the future.
This is one of several recently finalized regulations including increasing protections against drilling in national parks and regulating coal mining companies form dumping waste into streams that have been targeted for repeal by the Congressional Review Act.
Washington State has more than 400,000 acres of BLM lands, almost entirely in eastern Washington, including inspiring landscapes like the Juniper Dunes Wilderness, Chopaka Mountain Wilderness Study Area and the Yakima River Canyon. Later this year a resource management plan will be released for public comment making this issue particularly important for our BLM lands.
Your voice is a valuable part of the process that determines the future of our public lands. We expect a House vote to happen any day! Ask your member of Congress and Senators to vote no on H. J. Res. 44 and H.J. Res. 15 today! Personal messages make an impact. Feel free to add a comment expressing why your input on public lands is important to you.
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