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CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Sen. John Barrasso has introduced legislation that aims to keep livestock grazing permits on federal land despite environmental legal challenges.

The Wyoming Republican says his proposal allows the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service to continue issuing grazing permits while required environmental analysis is pending.

Barrasso says some environmentalists have hijacked the permitting process with endless lawsuits aimed at eliminating livestock from public lands.

He says his bill gives ranching communities certainty and stability when ranchers seek to renew grazing permits.

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Fellow Sen. Mike Enzi is a co-sponsor of the bill.

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