By Rebecca Terrell | The New American 

South Dakota Republican Governor Kristi Noem testifies Thursday on Capitol Hill, defending her state against what Western congressmen call a federal land grab.

Wyoming’s Republican Governor Mark Gordon joins her to throw support behind House Resolution 3397, a measure introduced in May by Republican congressmen from Western states and referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

The bill aims to stop the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from implementing a proposed rule that would expand its power without Congressional authority.


Western Caucus chairman Dan Newhouse of Washington pointed out that “locking up lands with preservation designations” often has detrimental effects. Idaho Republican Russ Fulcher agreed, saying the new rule works against the goal of managing areas where fire risks are high. Both Newhouse and Fulcher have cosponsored HR 3397.

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