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  • Republicans Hold Forum Highlighting the Importance of Domestic Mining
    Press Release
    Jan 13, 2022 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee Ranking Member Pete Stauber (R-Minn.)along with Congressional Western Caucus Chair Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) led a Republican forum titled "Minnesota Mining and American Potential: An Opportun... More
  • Committee Republicans Question Lack of Transparency, Politically Motivated Lease Sale Delays
    Press Release
    Jan 13, 2022 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) led a letter to Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, requesting answers on why the administration is continuing its politically motivated delays of oil and gas lease sales, even at the detriment of state and local economie... More
  • Republicans Call Out Biden for Reversing NEPA Reforms
    Press Release
    Dec 10, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) was joined by every committee Republican in a letter to Council on Environmental Quality Chair Brenda Mallory, highlighting the necessity of streamlining the National Environmental Policy Act in a timely manner. In part, the members wro... More
  • Small Business Owners, Farmers, American Workers Share Personal Impacts of Biden's Supply Chain Crisis
    Press Release
    Dec 9, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) led a Republican forum titled "How Joe Biden Stole Christmas: Addressing America's Ongoing Supply Chain Crisis." "Every American has been affected by the supply chain crisis during this holiday season," Westerman said during the forum. ... More
  • House Passes Two Republican Natural Resources Bills
    Press Release
    Dec 8, 2021 -
    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed two Republican Natural Resources Committee bills, the Indian Buffalo Management Act, introduced by U.S. Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), and the Blackwell School National Historic Site Act, introduced by U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-Texas). House Committee on Natural Resources Ra... More
  • Biden Administration Continues Attacking Domestic Energy
    Press Release
    Nov 26, 2021 -
    Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), in conjunction with the White House, released the Biden administration's report on oil and gas leasing in the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement in response: "In what has become a clear patter... More
  • Biden Administration Exacerbates Crisis of Its Own Making
    Press Release
    Nov 23, 2021 -
    Today, the Biden administration announced it will release 50 million barrels of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement in response: "Instead of taking responsibility for the energy crisis of his o... More
  • Biden Administration Announces Review of Greater Sage Grouse Plans
    Press Release
    Nov 22, 2021 -
    Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) announced it will begin a 75-day scoping period to review greater sage grouse (GRSG) land management plans in California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce We... More
  • Westerman Critiques Build Back Better Plan As Lopsided, Dangerous
    Press Release
    Nov 19, 2021 -
    Washington - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5376, which included House Committee on Natural Resources Democrats’ provisions to increase energy prices and spend millions on partisan projects. Committee Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement in response: "When we tal... More
  • African Leaders Testify on Behalf of International Conservation Efforts
    Press Release
    Nov 18, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) led a Republican forum titled "Supporting African Communities: Highlighting International Conservation Efforts Worldwide." "It may seem counterintuitive to those not familiar with our North American hunting heritage, but legal hunting ... More
  • Committee Passes Seven Republican Bills
    Press Release
    Nov 17, 2021 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a markup that included seven Republican bills, six of which passed with unanimous support. Committee Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement: "Great to see so much bipartisan support for our legislation during today’s markup. Two of th... More
  • Biden Administration Continues Attack on Domestic Energy, Ignores Navajo Allottees
    Press Release
    Nov 15, 2021 -
    Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) announced that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will initiate a 20-year withdrawal of federal lands near Chaco Canyon National Historical Park, which will bar new oil and gas leases within this perimeter. "Shutting down safe, reliable pipelines, eliminating thousands... More
  • House Republicans Criticize Anti-Science Northern Spotted Owl Rule
    Press Release
    Nov 9, 2021 -
    Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalized a rule to implement an expansive critical habitat designation for the northern spotted owl. "In another tone-deaf move, the Biden administration is backing an anti-science proposal that will hinder the recovery of the species, stifle job creation and lead to more cat... More
  • Westerman, Barrasso Urge Haaland to Keep DOI's Commitment, Publicize Calendar
    Press Release
    Nov 3, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Ranking Member John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) sent a letter to Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, requesting she follow the commitments made by her own staff and the previous ... More
  • House Passes Republican Bills Benefiting Native American Tribes
    Press Release
    Nov 2, 2021 -
    Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed four Natural Resources Committee bills by recorded vote. Committee Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement in response: "Our committee works hard to get practical and commonsense legislation passed for our constituents across the country. Wh... More
  • Westerman Slams Democrats Over Sham Budget Process
    Press Release
    Oct 28, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) testified before the House Committee on Rules on H.R. 5376, congressional Democrats' revised budget reconciliation package. Westerman's full remarks, as prepared: "Thank you, Chair McGovern, Ranking Member Cole, and members of the comm... More
  • Members Urge DOI, USDA to Consider Vaccine Mandate's Effects on Wildfire Response, Readiness
    Press Release
    Oct 27, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) led a bicameral letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack and U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, urging them to carefully reassess a vaccine mandate for firefighters that will inhibit effecti... More
  • House Republicans Introduce Endangered Species Act Legislation
    Press Release
    Oct 26, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) joined U.S. Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.), Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Cliff Bentz (R-Ore.), Yvette Herrell (R-N.M.)and Ken Buck (R-Colo.)in introducing five bills to codify Trump-era Endangered Species Act (ESA) regulations. This follows a B... More
  • Committee Republicans Welcome New Chief Counsel
    Press Release
    Oct 25, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) announced Tara Hupman as the incoming chief counsel for committee Republicans. Charles Park, former chief counsel, will be leaving Capitol Hill to work in the private sector. Prior to joining the committee with Westerman in January 202... More
  • Republicans Investigate Taliban's Access to Critical Mineral Reserves
    Press Release
    Oct 22, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) led a Republican forum titled "Biden's Afghanistan Crisis: Forfeiting U.S. Investment in Critical Minerals to the Taliban." "For 15 years, the U.S. Geological Survey spent more than $81 million to survey Afghanistan’s minerals and sent ... More
  • DOI Poised to Cut Off Vast Domestic Stores of Key Minerals
    Press Release
    Oct 20, 2021 -
    Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requested a 20-year mineral withdrawal from the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) within the Superior National Forest in Northern Minnesota. This announcement automatically triggers a two-year pause on new federal mining permits and leases in the area while this appl... More
  • Political Theater Will Not Solve Biden's Supply Chain, Energy Crises
    Press Release
    Oct 18, 2021 -
    Today, three Democrat members of the House Committee on Natural Resources held an in-person field hearing to discuss the effects of the recent oil pipeline rupture off the coast of California. Committee Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement in response: "Our supply chain is already buc... More
  • Biden Administration, Congressional Democrats Bear Full Responsibility for California Oil Spill with Failure to Address Supply Chain Issues
    Press Release
    Oct 13, 2021 -
    Today, President Joe Biden will be hosting a listening session on the global supply chain bottlenecks. This comes alongside news that the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles will begin working 24/7, a move the administration hopes will alleviate the backlog of cargo ships. Yet while the Biden administration is finally ... More
  • Full Committee Passes Slate of Republican Bills
    Press Release
    Oct 13, 2021 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a markup of 15 bills. Five Republican bills passed the committee with unanimous consent: H.R. 442, offered by U.S. Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), conveying approximately 10 acres of land in Sitka, Alaska for the purposes of expanding and improving access to healthcare fo... More
  • Reps. Bruce Westerman, Sam Graves, Garret Graves Joint Statement on the Biden Administration’s Proposal to Gut NEPA Reforms
    Press Release
    Oct 7, 2021 -
    Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.), Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-Mo.), and U.S. Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.) released the following joint statement regarding the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) proposal to roll back rece... More
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Republicans Hold Forum Highlighting the Importance of Domestic Mining

Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee Ranking Member Pete Stauber (R-Minn.)along with Congressional Western...... Read more

Committee Republicans Question Lack of Transparency, Politically Motivated Lease Sale Delays

Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) led a letter to Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, requesting answers on why the administration is c...... Read more

Republicans Call Out Biden for Reversing NEPA Reforms

Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) was joined by every committee Republican in a letter to Council on Environmental Quality Chair Brenda Mallory, highl...... Read more

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