May 04, 2017

It’s Time for the Senate to Deliver on Methane Rule Repeal

Post by Freedom Partners

Under President Obama, federal regulatory burden exploded with some of the most costly and overreaching government mandates in history. But thanks to early efforts by the Trump administration and Congress, many of the most damaging barriers to growth and opportunity are being torn down. In his first 100 days, President Trump signed more than a dozen resolutions permanently repealing Obama-era regulations under the Congressional Review Act (CRA).

Now, time is running out on the opportunity to shut the door on yet another Obama-era overreach.

The House voted in early February on a CRA resolution to overturn the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rule regulating methane emissions from oil and gas developments on federal lands. Since then, the Senate has been shy of the votes needed to send the repeal to the President’s desk.

The CRA allows a simple majority of both chambers to repeal any regulation within 60 legislative days of its final reporting to Congress. This means the Senate likely has until next week to act on the methane rule before time expires.

The truth is that the BLM mandate, which was added to the Federal Register late last year, imposes crushing costs on U.S. businesses, threatens the economy and job growth, and makes energy more expensive in exchange for nearly no discernible environmental benefit.

President Trump pledged before taking office that “[w]e will lift the restrictions on American energy, and allow this wealth to pour into our communities. It’s all upside: more jobs, more revenues, more wealth, higher wages, and lower energy prices.”

Congress shouldn’t miss this opportunity to help deliver promised regulatory relief.