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The Congressional Review Act is a powerful Congressional resolution of disapproval to overturn last minute regulations from the previous Administration under an expedited legislative process. Passage of the CRA ensures that no substantially similar rule can be issued in the future. Click the links below to learn more about the Committee's CRAs.

Stream Protection Rule

On December 19, 2016, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) released its final Stream Protection Rule. The rule rewrites over 400 regulations threatening one-third of the nation’s coal mining workforce. During the rulemaking process, OSM shut out cooperating agencies – the states responsible for enforcing federal mining regulations. They also ignored existing regulatory success at the federal and state level. Overturning this rule will protect American jobs and provide certainty to the state regulatory bodies tasked with enforcing existing federal mining regulations. Read more » 

Venting and Flaring Rule

Methane emissions from oil and natural gas have significantly declined in recent decades without duplicative federal regulation and at a time when oil and gas production in the U.S. has surged.  The rule, if implemented, will undercut this progress through duplicative regulatory burdens resulting in lost royalties, massive compliance costs and corresponding job losses. Read more » 

Planning 2.0 Rule

Planning 2.0 changes the Bureau of Land Management's resource management planning process, and introduces significant uncertainty by creating ambiguous standards and expanding agency discretion. The rule will complicate effective resource planning while reducing opportunities for meaningful state and local governmental input. It significantly shifts resource management decisions from cooperative local communities to bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.  Read more » 

H.J. Res. 69

A joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act introduced by Rep. Don Young (R-AK) to overturn an August 5, 2016 final rule by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). The rule takes authority away from the State of Alaska to manage fish and wildlife for both non-subsistence and subsistence uses on federal wildlife refuges in Alaska.  Read more » 

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