The $1.1 trillion omnibus package passed by the Senate Saturday included provisions important to beef producers, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and Public Lands Council said in a released statement.
According to the groups, the bill's withdrawal of the Waters of the United States interpretive rule addresses "over-burdensome" EPA regulations.
The rule, they said, adds uncertainty rather than explanation for landowners and threatens fines of up to $37,500 per day.
While not a complete fix, said NCBA President Bob McCan and PLC President Brenda Richards, it's a step in addressing farmers' and ranchers' concerns.
The bill also contained continued assurance on a number of environmental regulations, McCan and Richards said, as it prevents funding for the EPA to require cattle producers to obtain greenhouse gas permits for livestock and to prevent mandatory reporting of greenhouse gas emissions from manure management systems.
The groups also highlighted public lands and wildlife provisions, including holding level budgets for the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service.
"Viable public lands and the ranchers who lease those acres are critical not only to the cattle industry, but to the preservation of those lands for multiple use, wildlife habitat and wildfire prevention and suppression. The bill kept ranchers in the West on the land," McCan and Richards said.
"Listing the sage grouse would take the most successful natural resource stewards, ranchers, off the land," the groups said.
"We greatly appreciate Congress' passage of this important legislation," they noted.