Cattlemen, Public Lands Council Hail Senate Passage of Resolution Rolling Back BLM Rule: "Strike Two for 2.0"
(March 7, 2017) – The Public Lands Council and the National Cattlemen’s Beef
Association today hailed Senate passage of the resolution to repeal the
Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) Planning 2.0 Rule. Passage in the upper
chamber takes the rule one step closer to the President’s desk and putting
this damaging rule to rest once and for all.
“This is Strike Two for 2.0. Streamlining is needed in the planning
process, but not at the expense of input from local communities and
permittees or elimination of economic analysis requirements,” said Dave
Eliason, PLC president and Utah rancher. “The final rule also shifts away
from BLM’s mission to protect multiple uses of public lands, and it
disregards both local input and economic analysis. We look forward to the
President quickly delivering the third strike by signing this resolution so
that BLM may begin a new, inclusive process.”
“Senator Lisa Murkowski and Congressman Liz Cheney deserve a great deal of
credit for successfully moving this resolution through Congress, and NCBA and
PLC are proud to have worked closely with them throughout the legislative
process,” said Craig Uden, NCBA president.
NCBA and PLC have long expressed concerns about BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule,
which would represent a wholesale shift in management focus at BLM by
prioritizing “social and environmental change” over ensuring multiple use of
public lands, and by eliminating stakeholder and local input into the
The Obama Administration finalized the BLM Planning 2.0 Rule in December.
Under the Congressional Review Act, the U.S. House and Senate have up to 60
legislative days after a new rule becomes final to approve a joint resolution
of disapproval, which will fully repeal the final rule if and when the resolution
PLC and NCBA stand ready to assist the BLM in the crafting of a new planning
rule that streamlines the process and makes decision-making easier and more
efficient, while ensuring that impacted stakeholders have the ability to be
part of the process and to have their voices heard.