House approves gray wolf, mining and public land bills

By Scott Streater, Michael Doyle, Hannah Northey | 05/01/2024 06:30 AM EDT

Some of the fiercest debate Tuesday focused on the Bureau of Land Management’s conservation and landscape rule.

Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.).

House Natural Resources Chair Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) speaking during a press conference Tuesday about the chamber's focus this week on issues under his purview. Francis Chung/POLITICO

The House on Tuesday passed several Republican-led natural resources bills amid sometimes fierce debate, underscoring the divide between the parties on public lands and endangered species.

The bills, which passed mostly along party lines, seek to overturn a new Bureau of Land Management rule elevating conservation as a formal use, delist the gray wolf in the lower 48 states and reverse a mining ban on sensitive federal lands in Minnesota.

The Republican-led House also approved H.R. 615, which would block the Interior and Agriculture departments from banning lead ammunition and fishing tackle on federal lands.


Some of the fiercest debate Tuesday centered on H.R. 3397, sponsored by Utah Republican Rep. John Curtis, which would require BLM to withdraw its conservation and landscape health rule that was finalized this month.