Sullivan Comments on House Passage of Resolution to Reverse Harmful U.S. Fish and Wildlife Management Rule
Final rule undermines and restricts
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of H.J. Res. 69, a joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to overturn an August 2016 final rule issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that significantly undermines public participation and restricts the state’s ability to manage fish and wildlife on federal refuge lands in Alaska.
“This unlawful and unprecedented Fish and Wildlife rule stands out as a prime example of why having the Congressional Review Act is so important,” said Senator Sullivan. “Specifically, the rule undercuts meaningful public participation in refuge management decisions, utterly disregards the legal protections and rights given to the state in the Alaska Statehood Act and ANILCA, and upends the cooperative relationship that has existed between federal agencies and the state for years. I applaud Congressman Don Young’s work to pass this resolution with overwhelming support in the House, and I look forward to working with Senator Murkowski and my Senate colleagues to invalidate this overreaching rule and restore the sovereignty of Alaska in managing fish and wildlife on our lands.”
The Congressional Review Act gives Congress the ability to disapprove of new federal regulations issued by an administration through an expedited legislative process that requires a simple majority in both the House and Senate, and the President’s signature.