This week, legislation to improve stability and efficiency in the federal lands grazing permit process was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives as part of an omnibus package of lands bills. The bipartisan, 232 to 188, vote signals the strong, broad-based support for the Grazing Improvement Act (H.R. 4234), introduced by Congressman Raúl Labrador (Idaho). This legislation would provide certainty for today's public lands ranching industry and for future generations of ranchers by extending the life of grazing permits from 10 to 20 years. It also allows for permit renewal despite the regulatory backlog.
Sen. John Barrasso (Wyo.) introduced a companion Grazing Improvement Act (S. 1129), which was considered during a March 22 hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests.