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  • Bishop Statement on Western Water Presidential Memo
    Press Release
    Oct 19, 2018 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) issued the following statement after the release of a presidential memorandum seeking to enhance western water access and resources. “For many years, westerners have expressed their need for certainty and access to water and affordable, renewable ... More
  • House Passes Bill to Support Critical Water Infrastructure for Tribes, Local Communities
    Press Release
    Jul 12, 2018 -
    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3281, the Reclamation Title Transfer and Non-Federal Infrastructure Incentivization Act. Introduced by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), this bipartisan bill establishes a voluntary, streamlined process for local utilities, states or tribes to pursue title transfers. “Our... More
  • ICYMI: Partisanship Shouldn’t Undermine Our Fisheries
    In Case You Missed It
    Jul 10, 2018 -
    By U.S. Rep. Don Young The Hill Partisan rancor may be standard operating procedure for most of Washington, but let’s not allow it to unravel the progress we’ve made for our country’s vital fisheries. As my colleagues and my state know, I’ve been on the frontlines for the fight for our fisheries for over 40 years - and... More
  • House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Protect Endangered Fish Species in Pacific Northwest
    Press Release
    Jun 26, 2018 -
    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2083, the Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act, with a bipartisan vote of 288 Members, including 68 Democrats. Introduced by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.), this bipartisan bill provides states and tribes the necessary tools to humanely mana... More
  • Bishop Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order on Ocean Policy
    Press Release
    Jun 19, 2018 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah), today issued the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s executive order promoting a healthy ocean economy and engagement with marine, science, and technology industries. The action reverses the previous administration’s overreach of the natio... More
  • Committee Hears from Stakeholders on Importance of a Healthy Ocean Economy
    Press Release
    Jun 6, 2018 -
    Today, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans staff held a roundtable with representatives from ocean-dependent communities to discuss opportunities for regulatory reform that will provide certainty for working waterfronts and promote vibrant and susta... More
  • Committee Seeks Answers on NRDC's Relationship with Chinese Entities
    Jun 5, 2018 -
    TO: Ms. Rhea Suh FROM: Chairman Rob Bishop, Bruce Westerman When engaging on environmental issues concerning China, the NRDC appears to practice self-censorship, issue selection bias, and generally refrains from criticizing Chinese officials. For instance, a widely reported 2016 study by Greenpeace concluded that China... More
  • Water Infrastructure Expansion Requires Regulatory Reform
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    Mar 21, 2018 -
    Water Infrastructure Expansion Requires Regulatory Reform Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) The Washington Times March 21, 2018 Our nation’s water and power infrastructure is vital to our economy, yet is an often overlooked aspect of the Western way of life. Since its genesis in the Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Rec... More
  • Bishop Statement on Introduction of Senate Companion Onshore Energy Legislation
    Press Release
    Jan 18, 2018 -
    Today, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) introduced the “Opportunities for the Nation and States to Harness Onshore Resources for Energy Act” or “ONSHORE Act.” The bill mirrors Title II of H.R. 4239, the “SECURE American Energy Act,” which passed the Committee in November 2017. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following s... More
  • Bishop, Amata: Hawaii Marine Monument Expansion is Unjustified, Devastating for Local Economies
    Press Release
    Aug 26, 2016 -
    Today, President Barack Obama expanded the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument off the coast of Hawaii by 442,781 square miles. Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Congresswoman Aumua Amata (American Samoa) issued the following statements: “The sweeping size of this expansion is unjustifie... More
  • E&E News: Dems Urge Obama To Be Transparent About Marine Monument Plans
    In Case You Missed It
    Oct 14, 2015 -
    The Obama administration is now facing pressure from Democrats to be more open about a possible marine monument off New England. Massachusetts Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren sent a letter to Obama yesterday asking for more public input into the possible monument. The Conservation Law Foundation, Natural Resources... More
  • Witness Panel: Arctic Rule Will Freeze Development Necessary for Strong Alaskan Economy
    Press Release
    Jun 16, 2015 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on the Obama Administration’s proposed Arctic Rule and its potential impacts on offshore energy development to native Alaskans, the State of Alaska, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, and to our nation’s goal of energy security. The hearin... More
  • Bishop Issues Statement on Administration’s National Ocean Policy Report
    Press Release
    Mar 27, 2015 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) issued the following statement this evening on the Obama Administration’s release of its first Report on the Implementation of the National Ocean Policy: “The Administration's ocean policy is similar to its approach to federal lands, particularly in the W... More
  • Bishop: “There is No Justification” for Groundwater Directive
    Press Release
    Mar 26, 2015 -
    Below is an exchange between exchange between Chairman Bishop and Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. MOUs? Chairman Bishop: “Have the states…screwed up? Are the state [water] engineers incompetent? Is that what the Forest Service is trying to say?” Bishop asked Chief Tidwell: “No...” Lawsuits? Chief Tidwell: “We can may... More
  • Chairman Hastings Delivers Speech on the Magnuson-Stevens Act
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    Apr 24, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following speech today at the University of Washington, School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, Symposium on the Magnuson-Stevens Act: “Thank you for having me here today to discuss the Magnuson-Stevens Act and our current efforts in Congress t... More
  • Chairman Hastings’ Statement at Conference Committee Meeting on WRRDA
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    Nov 20, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following opening statement today at the Conference Committee meeting on the Water Resources Reform & Development Act (WRRDA): “Thank you Madam Chairman. I’m pleased to be here as we open this conference committee on this important legislatio... More
  • Witnesses Call for Increased Flexibility in the Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act
    Press Release
    Sep 11, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee held its fourth oversight hearing of the 113th Congress on the “Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.” This hearing examined potential reforms needed to make sure the law benefits both fish and fishermen. The Magnuson-Stevens Fisher... More
  • Committee Approves Legislation to Expand American Energy Production on Federal Lands and Waters, Create New American Jobs
    Press Release
    Jun 12, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee approved three bills to expand American offshore and onshore energy production in order to help create new American jobs, lower energy prices, generate new revenue, and make America more energy secure. H.R. 2231, the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act, was approved by the Committe... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Jun 6, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Fuel Fix – Jennifer A. Dlouhy: “Offshore drilling proponents launch new push on Capitol Hill” Oil and Gas Journal – Paula Dittrick: “API cites growing support for opening areas to offshore drilling” Cape Cod Times – Mary Ann Bragg: “NOAA to make reduced ship speeds permanen... More
  • Bill Introduced to Approve Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreement with Mexico
    Press Release
    Apr 18, 2013 -
    Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03), House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04), and House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Chairman Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today introduced H.R. 1613, the Outer Continental Shelf Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreements Authorization Act. The bill would appro... More
  • Chairman Hastings’ Statement on President Obama’s Final Plan to Zone the Oceans
    Press Release
    Apr 16, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement after President Obama released the final implementation plan for the National Ocean Policy and mandatory ocean zoning initiative. “This final implementation plan raises more questions than answers and provides even less inf... More
  • Chairman Hastings Reintroduces Legislation to Keep Cabin Fees Fair and Affordable
    Press Release
    Mar 14, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) today introduced H.R. 1159, The Cabin Fee Act of 2013. The bill, which was passed by the House last year, would establish a fair, predictable fee-setting system for families who own cabins in our National Forests. Cabin owners have recently been faced with... More
  • Hastings, Lucas, Peterson Praise Federal Court Ruling on NOAA’s Salmon Opinion
    Press Release
    Feb 22, 2013 -
    In a major victory for American agriculture, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a landmark ruling Thursday in the case Dow AgroSciences LLC v. National Marine Fisheries Service reaffirming that government decision-making must be based on science and not the misguided agenda of activist groups. House Natural Resour... More
  • Mr. President, Where are the Jobs??
    Resourceful Information
    Jan 25, 2013 -
    As many media outlets have pointed out, the one issue most notably absent from President Obama’s inaugural address this week was jobs. With unemployment at 7.8 percent and the economy and jobs still topping the list of Americans’ greatest concerns, it’s baffling why the President chose not to mention this in his first ... More
  • Hastings Selected as Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee
    Press Release
    Nov 28, 2012 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement after the Republican Conference selected him to serve as Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee in the 113th Congress: “I’m honored to have been selected by my Republican Colleagues to continue to serve as Chairman of ... More

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