House committee questions Bureau of Land Management rule over public lands use

There were big questions on Capitol Hill at a House oversight hearing over a proposed rule from the Bureau of Land Management. Republicans say the Agency’s plan improperly circumvents Congressional authority, but the Ranking Member of the Natural Resources Committee expressed concern that no one from BLM was invited to the hearing.

The BLM says the rule does not qualify as a “major rule” under the Congressional Review Act and it is not intended to preclude other uses.