Senate votes to block Obama-era rule on federal land plans

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Posted: Mar 07, 2017 4:41 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved legislation to block an Obama-era regulation that Republicans said could deter development of federal lands and harm local economies in the West.

Senators voted 51-48 to rescind a Bureau of Land Management rule that governs planning for future uses on 245 million acres of federal lands.

The rule required federal land managers to consider climate change and other long-term effects when considering proposed development on public lands.

Republicans have made it a top priority to overturn several regulations issued in the final months of President Barack Obama's administration.

Supporters said the rule updated a planning process put in place 30 years ago and provided more opportunity for local input.

But opponents said they feared the rule would curb energy production and limit grazing.