Another day, another good Congressional Review Act bill aimed at dismantling bad Obama regulations.
Today, we’re tackling the Fish and Wildlife Service rule that undermines Alaska’s management of the federal lands within its state. Alaska is home to some of the most abundant and diverse wildlife in the world. Sportsmen come from all over to hunt the game. However, more than 60 percent of Alaska is owned by the federal government. That creates a tricky situation when it comes to the state managing its land. Congress has made it clear in numerous laws: Delegation by the federal government to the state governments—which know the land and its people best—is the proper approach.
However, this regulation, which the House is repealing today, overruled Alaska’s right to sustainably manage its own fish and wildlife resources and made it it more difficult for Americans to hunt, fish, and enjoy the unparalleled outdoor experiences that Alaska provides. Dozens of state, local, and national wildlife and sportsmen groups objected to this rule while it was being developed. But the Obama administration pushed it through at the last minute anyway.
What’s more, the repercussions wouldn’t end with Alaska. This regulation would create a harmful precedent for the federal government to seize more control in other states, which threatens the flourishing of America’s hunting and fishing.
That’s not acceptable for Speaker Ryan, who is an avid hunter, and it’s not acceptable for many Americans across the country.
This is another Obama-era regulation that upends the balance of federalism and hurts an American pastime. That’s why the House will vote to repeal it today, continuing to keep our promise to provide relief to people threatened by harmful regulations.