In September 2022, Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy unveiled the Commitment to America. It’s a promise that if Republicans take back the House, we will work from day one to deliver an economy that’s strong, a nation that’s safe, a future that’s built on freedom and a government that’s accountable. 

House Committee on Natural Resources Republicans are committed to these ideals, especially when it comes to making America energy independent, reducing gas prices, and ending our reliance on China. 

Here’s how we are already working toward making this a reality:


Creating Solutions

The Transparency and Production of (TAP) American Energy Act, introduced by Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-Mo.). 

Securing America’s Mineral Supply Chain Act,
introduced by Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rogers (R-Wash.).

The American Energy Independence from Russia Act, introduced by Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) Learn more here.

The BUILDER Act, introduced by Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.).

American Critical Mineral Independence Act, introduced by Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.). Learn more here.

The Determination of NEPA Adequacy Streamlining Act, introduced by Rep. David Valadao (R-Calif.)

The DRILL Act, introduced by Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-Wis.) 

The Stay Off My Line Act, introduced by Rep. Mariannette Miller Meeks (R-Iowa)

H.R. 9006, introduced by Rep. Yvette Herrell (R-N.M.)

H.R. 9004, introduced by Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.)

The Unleashing American Energy Act, introduced by Rep. Jerry Carl (R-Ala.)

The Securing American Energy and Investing in Resiliency Act, introduced by Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.)

The Energy Permitting Certainty Act, introduced by Rep. Yvette Herrell (R-N.M.)

The Promoting Energy Independence and Transparency Act, introduced by Rep. Blake Moore (R-Utah)

The Restore Onshore Energy Production Act, introduced by Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.)

The Strategy to Secure Offshore Energy Act, introduced by Rep. Beth Van Duyne (R-Texas)

The American Energy First Act, introduced by Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.)

The MINES Act, introduced by Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.)

The PERMIT-MN Act, introduced by Rep. Pete Stauber (R-Minn.)

The Accessing America's Critical Minerals Act, introduced by Rep. Pete Stauber (R-Minn.)


Listening to Everyday Americans

“How Joe Biden Stole Christmas: Addressing America’s Ongoing Supply Chain Crisis,” a forum examining the impacts President Biden’s bottlenecks are having across the supply chain ahead of the holiday season.

“Minnesota Mining and American Potential: An Opportunity for a Brighter and More Secure Future,” a forum examining the importance of mineral development in the Duluth Complex in Minnesota.

“Skyrocketing Energy Costs are Hurting Americans,” a forum examining the Biden administration’s disastrous energy policies and their impact at on American families and businesses.

“Critical Minerals: Addressing Supply Chain Challenges and Rising Demand,” a forum addressing the necessity of securing domestic supply chains for critical minerals and the many challenges in achieving that goal.

“An Energy Crisis and Rising Gas Prices: A Mid-Year Review of the Biden Administration’s Energy Policy,” a forum examining the Biden administration’s energy policy and how it directly correlates to rising prices at the gas pump.


Holding the Biden Administration Accountable 

June 3, 2021 | House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.), Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Ranking Member Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) sent a letter to DOI Senior Counselor to the Secretary, Elizabeth Klein, and DOI's designated agency ethics official, Heather Gottry, raising concerns over Klein's potential conflicts of interests stemming from her previous role as Deputy Director at the New York University School of Law’s State Energy & Environmental Impact Center.

June 15, 2021 | Westerman and Gosar sent a letter to U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Deputy Director of Policies and Programs Nada Culver and Gottry, raising concerns over Culver's previous environmental activism work and legal challenges against DOI.

June 22, 2021 | Westerman, Gosar and Boebert sent a follow-up letter to Klein and Gottry, requesting additional information to evaluate Klein's compliance with her ethical obligations after she failed to honor her commitment to providing her recusal list and ethics guidance under which she was operating in May of 2021.

June 28, 2021 | Westerman and Gosar sent a letter to DOI Deputy Secretary Tommy Beaudreau and Gottry, requesting information to evaluate Beaudreau's compliance with his ethical requirements due to his prior representation of companies in the wind energy industry. His Public Financial Disclosure report revealed35 clients who contributed over $2 million to his income over a 14-month period.

July 20, 2021 | Westerman and Gosar sent a letter to DOI Deputy Solicitor of Water Resources Daniel Cordalis and Gottry, requesting information regarding his relationship with the Yurok Tribe and the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA),his spouse’s fiduciary interests to the same and his previous history of litigation against DOI’s Bureau of Reclamation.

December 10, 2021 | Westerman led a letter to Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Chair Brenda Mallory, raising concerns about CEQ's reversal of the Trump administration’s reforms to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). 

January 19, 2022 | Westerman sent letters to Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Senior Counselor to the Assistant Secretary- Indian Affairs Rose Petoskey, BIA Senior Counselor to the Assistant Secretary- Indian Affairs Stephanie Sfiridis and Gottry to evaluate Petoskey's and Sfiridis' compliance with their ethical requirements. The Committee requested their signed ethics pledges in addition to copies of their ethics guidance and recusal obligations.

January 20, 2022 | Westerman sent a letter to BLM director Tracy Stone-Manning and Gottry to evaluate Stone-Manning's compliance with her ethical requirements given her connection to tree spiking incidents, the disclosure of a loan from a regular donor to Democratic campaigns and her lack of truthfulness to Congress during her confirmation process.

January 24, 2022 | Westerman sent a letter to U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Inspector General Mark Greenblatt, requesting the Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit DOI's Departmental Ethics Office (DEO) citing concerns that DOI is failing to meet federal ethics requirements.

May 3, 2022 | Westerman, Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee Ranking Member Pete Stauber (R-Minn.) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Blake Moore (R-Utah) sent a letter to U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Senior Counselor to the Assistant Secretary for Lands and Minerals Management Janea Scott and DOI Director and Designated Agency Ethics Official Heather Gottry, requesting ethics information regarding Scott's professional background.

May 20, 2022 | Westerman led a bipartisan, bicameral letter to U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, urging them to implement the provisions of the Alexander Lofgren Veterans in Parks Act before Memorial Day weekend.

July 28, 2022 | Westerman sent a letter to Inspector General Mark Greenblatt, following up on a request to audit the Departmental Ethics Office. 

September 22, 2022 | Westerman and House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) sent a letter to the White House requesting the documents and communications necessary to conduct oversight of the administration’s response to scientific integrity violations by a senior White House science advisor.

September 29, 2022 | Westerman sent a letter to Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Deb Haaland, raising concerns over her failure to appear before the Natural Resources Committee in 2022 and DOI’s extreme regulatory actions, which may have exceeded its authority in light of recent Supreme Court rulings. 

October 31, 2022 | Westerman sent a letter to Council for Environmental Quality Chair Brenda Mallory, inquiring into the council's potential overreach of congressional authority and lack of proper rulemaking. 

November 3, 2022 | Westerman and House Committee on Agriculture Ranking Member G.T. Thompson (R-Pa.) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, inquiring into the agency's potential overreach of congressional authority and lack of proper rulemaking. 

November 7, 2022 | Westerman sent a letter to U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo inquiring into the agency's potential overreach of congressional authority and lack of proper rulemaking. 

 


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