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IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

 

Mr. Pinnacle (for himself) introduced the following bill

 

A BILL

To abolish the United States Department of the Interior, and for other purposes

 

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the Interior Agencies Review and Abolishment Act.

 

SECTION 2. FINDINGS AND SENSE OF CONGRESS.

(a) Congress finds that—

    (1) The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), under the Department of the Interior (DOI), spent nearly $2,600,000,000 in 2015 managing 55,700,000 acres of land held “in trust” for Native American tribes.

    (2) The BIA and DOI supervises and controls both civil and criminal functions within 567 federally-recognized native tribes.

    (3) The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), under the DOI, spent approximately $1,100,000,000 in 2015 overseeing 247,600,000 acres of public land—one eighth of the country’s land mass—and 700,000,000 acres of subsurface mineral estate.

    (4) The National Park Service (NPS), under the DOI, spent nearly $2,900,000,000 in 2015 facilitating historical sites and monuments.

    (5) The Competitive Enterprise Institute outlines the following commonsense principles which support the dismantling of the Department of the Interior:

        (A) Activities that mostly involve state and local concerns should be administered by state and local governments.

        (B) The Federal government should limit its role to activities and concerns that involve major Federal interests and responsibilities.

        (C) Administrative organization at the Federal level should place similar functions in the same agency.

        (D) Activities that can reasonably be carried out in the private sector should be done privately.

 

(b) It is the sense of Congress that—

    (1) Tribal lands should be independent from costly federal control and regulation.

    (2) Public land, including national parks and forests, should be administered by the states and localities that are economically dependent on such lands.

    (3) Transitioning the ownership of federal public lands to the states poses little risk of privatization of these lands.

 

SECTION 3. ABOLISHMENT OF AGENCIES.

(a) In General.—

Each agency listed in subsection (c) shall be abolished on the date set forth in subsection (c), unless a Federal law disapproving of the abolishment of the agency is enacted before such date.

 

(b) Effect of Abolishment.—

When an agency is abolished under this Act, the head of such agency may take such actions as are necessary to dispose of the assets, obligations, and liabilities of the agency during the one-year period that begins on the date of such abolishment.

 

(c) Schedule for Abolishment.—

    (1) Interior.—The date of abolishment referred to in subsection (a) is 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act for the following agencies:

        (A) The Department of the Interior.

        (B) Any other agency—

            (i) about which Congress has not passed a concurrent resolution disapproving of the abolishment of such agency during the previous 10 years; and

            (ii) which operates under the Department of the Interior or the authority of the Secretary of the Interior.

 

SECTION 4. SELF-REVIEW OF AGENCIES.

Not later than 1 year before the date on which an agency is scheduled to be abolished pursuant to section 3 (a), the Secretary of the Interior and the head of such agency shall submit to Congress a report on the roles and responsibilities of the agency detailing the agency’s justification for existence, including areas where the duties of the agency may overlap with the duties of other agencies.

 

SECTION 5. AGENCY DEFINED.

The term agency has the meaning given the term Executive agency in section 105 of title 5, United States Code.

 

SECTION 6. PES.

This Bill will abolish the Department of the Interior after 2 years, unless Congress passes a concurrent resolution disapproving of such abolishment. The Secretary of the Interior and each agency head should submit to Congress a justification for each agencies existence no later than one year before it is abolished.

Congress & Supreme Court Admin


Admin NPCs:
Rep. Derek H. Gray (D-TX-20)

Speaker of the House & Democratic Party Chair

 

The Hon. John Roberts

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

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