House Democrats file competing public lands reform bill

US House Democrats this month are seeking to pass energy legislation that its supporters say does a better job of balancing public land management. The bill is an alternative to a GOP proposal supported by industry and opposed by environmental groups. It is uncertain how much of the Democratic bill would be included in a final House measure.Nick Rahall (D-W.Va), the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Resources, said, "The Democratic alternative to the Resources Committee Repub- lican energy bill recognizes the need for a coherent, comprehensive national energy policy. In contrast to the Republican approach, the Democratic alternative relies on the recognition that, under existing ...

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