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WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and several Republican colleagues today introduced a Congressional Review Act resolution to overturn the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) recent Fluid Mineral Leases and Leasing Process. This new rule would significantly raise royalties, rates, minimum bids, costs and bonding requirements for oil and gas producers on federal lands making it virtually impossible for small energy producers to continue to operate.

“The Biden administration continues to do everything it can to make American energy more expensive and less efficient, and Idahoans are left paying the price,” said Risch. “We must repeal this misguided rule and focus on creating more opportunities for American producers of oil and gas in order to bring down costs and reduce reliance on foreign governments.”

“Domestic energy production is vital to our nation’s prosperity and security. It is unfathomable that the Biden Administration would willingly suppress energy production and hamper small producers knowing it means fewer jobs and higher prices for the American people,” said Crapo.

“Joe Biden set out on an anti-American energy war path on Day One, and ever since Montana’s small oil and gas producers have been a target. This new BLM rule will drive producers out of business, raise costs for Montana families and force the U.S. to run to our adversaries to meet our energy needs. It must be reversed,” said Daines.

Senators Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Ala.) joined Risch, Crapo, and Daines in introducing this resolution.