Federal Legislative Update

The second session of the 115th Congress convened on January 3, 2018. ARRA will keep you posted as legislation of interest is introduced in the 115th Congress.

The Republicans have a 239-193 majority (3 vacancies) in the House and a 51-49 majority in the Senate. The Senate number includes two members who are independents, but align with the Democrats.

The following bills are currently pending:

H.R. 3990 – National Monument Creation and Protection Act (National Monument CAP Act)

STATUS: Reported out of House Cmte. Awaiting vote in full House.

Rep. Bishop (R-UT) – Reduces the size of future National Monument designations and create a formal process for reductions of existing monuments. This legislation limits the size of new monument designations to 85,000 acres, ensures designations between 640 acres-10,000 acres are reviewed under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and requires approval of all local and state governments impacted by a National Monument for any designation between 10,000-85,000 acres. Additionally, H.R. 3990 clarifies the authority of the President to reduce the size of National Monuments, requiring reductions greater than 85,000 acres in size to be approved by the impacted counties, state legislatures, and governors, and to have undergone NEPA analysis..

S. 33– Improved National Monument Designation Process Act

STATUS: In Senate Cmte.

Sen. Murkowski (R-AK) – Requires the President to obtain Congressional approval, as well as approval of respective state legislature, and the application of NEPA processes before moving forward with a National Monument designation.

Please contact your Senator and urge his or her support for S. 33!


The following was enacted this session:

H.J. Res. 44 – Joint resolution of Congress disapproving the BLM “Planning 2.0” Rule

STATUS: Nullified BLM Planning Rule

Rep. Cheney (R-WY) – Joint resolution of Congress disapproving the BLM “Planning 2.0” Rule under authority granted by Congressional Review Act. Effectively vacates the rule. The Rule governs BLM resource management plan development and revision.



Latest News

Urge Your Senators to Confirm New CPSC Chair and Commissioner
March 6, 2018

ARRA members are being asked to contact their Senators and urge the prompt confirmation of Buerkle and Baiocco.

Support Legislation to Improve Access to Outdoor Recreation Opportunities
February 13, 2018

ARRA members in Wyoming are asked to urge Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) to support H.R. 3400, the “Recreation Not Red-Tape Act” (RNR Act).

Restore Dedicated Funding to the OHV Trail Safety Fund
January 31, 2018

ARRA members in New Mexico are being asked to urge their State Senator to restore dedicated funding to the Trail Safety Fund.