Just in case anyone doubted, the first move by our new congress to begin giving away or selling off our nation's public lands has begun. The first thing they've done is to prevent any discussion of fiscal impacts of land divestment. This basically prevents any kind of cost-benefit analysis from being part of the decision.
House GOP rules change will make it easier to sell off federal land
Here's the gist of it:
...Under current Congressional Budget Office accounting rules, any transfer of federal land that generates revenue for the U.S. Treasury — whether through energy extraction, logging, grazing or other activities — has a cost. If lawmakers wanted to give such land to a state, local government or tribe, they would have to account for that loss in expected cash flow.
Bishop authored language in the new rules package that would overturn that requirment, saying any such transfers “shall not be considered as providing new budget authority, decreasing revenues, increasing mandatory spending, or increasing outlays.”
This is from the party that claims to be fiscally conservative and think government should be run like a business. No business would fail to consider the value of any asset before divesting that asset.