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  • 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
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    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
  • House Republicans Advocate for Greater Clean Energy Opportunities
    Press Release
    Sep 23, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.), Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) and House Select Committee on Climate Ranking Member Garret Graves (R-La.) led a forum titled "Unlocking Clean Energy Opportunities." "Our country’s current permitting and re... More
  • Republicans Assess Taliban’s Access to Critical Minerals
    Press Release
    Sep 13, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.), Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Ranking Member Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Ranking Member Pete Stauber (R-Minn.) sent a letter to U.S. Geological Survey Acting Director Dave Appleg... More
  • Committee Democrats Silence Debate on Reconciliation Instructions
    Press Release
    Sep 9, 2021 -
    Washington - Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources continued marking up the Natural Resources title of the House's Fiscal Year 2022 budget reconciliation legislation. While committee Republicans were still offering amendments to the legislation, Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) ended debate through an amendme... More
  • Committee Democrats Reject Commonsense Amendments
    Press Release
    Sep 2, 2021 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources began marking up the Natural Resources title of the House's Fiscal Year 2022 budget reconciliation legislation. Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement: "This reconciliation package is a bad bill with bad timing, plain and simple. During a t... More
  • Republican Committee Leaders Urge Grijalva to Postpone Markup
    Press Release
    Aug 30, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) led the committee's Republican leadership in a letter urging Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) to postpone the upcoming full committee markup in light of the urgent crises facing Americans. In part, the members wrote: "We have grave conc... More
  • Westerman Concludes Energy, Forest Management Tour
    Press Release
    Aug 20, 2021 -
    WASHINGTON - Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) concluded a field tour of the Intermountain West, highlighting critical issues including oil and natural gas production, forest management, wildlife habitat conservation and more. During the tour, Westerman visited several ... More
  • House Republicans Review Biden Administration's Harmful Energy Policies
    Press Release
    Jul 29, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) led a forum titled "An Energy Crisis and Rising Gas Prices: A Mid-Year Review of the Biden Administration’s Energy Policy." "Energy development on federal lands and waters... More
  • Committee Republicans Advance Bipartisan Bills, Offer Amendments to Dangerous Legislation
    Press Release
    Jul 14, 2021 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a markup, reporting a total of 14 bills out of committee. Twelve of these bills were bipartisan - including U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks' (R-Iowa) recently-introduced Veterans in Parks (VIP) Act - and passed by unanimous consent. However, committee Democrats al... More
  • Putting American Energy First
    Press Release
    Jul 1, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) joined House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) in introducing the American Energy First Act, a bill that empowers states to manage energy development within their borders and encourages efficient onshore and offshore production of bot... More
  • Members Demand Answers on Future of Onshore, Offshore Energy Leases
    Press Release
    Jun 24, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) joined House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) and 34 other members in sending a letter to U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Debra Haaland rega... More
  • DOI's Priorities Show Lack of Commitment to American Economy, Environment
    Press Release
    May 28, 2021 -
    Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) released its budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2022. House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement in response: "It's very telling that the administration chose to roll out their budget more than three months be... More
  • Committee Republicans Offer Amendments to Lopsided, Partisan Legislation
    Press Release
    May 26, 2021 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a markup, reporting a total of eight bills out of committee. Several of these bills were bipartisan, and passed by unanimous consent: H.R. 438, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), amends the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Childre... More
  • Critical Minerals Essential to Geopolitics, America's Energy Future
    Press Release
    May 18, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) led a forum on the role critical minerals play in American energy, manufacturing, renewable resource development, health care, geopolitics and more. "We’re here today to discuss a global problem – the striking shortage of critical miner... More
  • What They Are Saying: The American Critical Mineral Independence Act
    Press Release
    Apr 19, 2021 -
    Last week, 13 House Republicans introduced the American Critical Mineral Independence Act. "Minerals and metals are the building blocks for everything from infrastructure and health care to national defense, clean energy and electric vehicles, necessitating a reliable domestic supply chain. Unfortunately, a lack of acc... More
  • Energy Industry Workers Share Their Experiences with President Biden's Policies
    Press Release
    Apr 16, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Republican members hosted a virtual forum entitled, "Where Are The Jobs?" This forum featured witnesses from the members' districts who have been impacted by the Biden administration's executive orders on energy, and who are still awaiting the green jobs they were promised. W... More
  • House Republicans Invest in America's Energy Future
    Press Release
    Apr 16, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) joined House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), U.S. Rep. Mike Waltz (R-Fla.), U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber (R-Minn.), Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on... More
  • Committee Republicans Call Out Democrats for Trying to Shutter Critical Mining Projects
    Press Release
    Apr 13, 2021 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a subcommittee hearing on H.R. 1884, the Save Oak Flat Act. This legislation, sponsored by Committee Chair Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), would prevent any mineral development in the Oak Flat area and repeal a land exchange that was previously enacted by Congress and signe... More
  • Westerman, Cheney Visit Wyoming Energy Stakeholders, Tour Local Mine, Sawmill
    Press Release
    Mar 29, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) traveled around Wyoming to hear from local energy industry stakeholders, tour both an active mine and reclaimed mine land, meet with leaders in the forest products industry and mo... More
  • Committee Members Defend Local Communities, Energy Stakeholders
    Press Release
    Mar 26, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) led committee Republicans in a letter to Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, asking the department to hear from those most impacted by the administration's domestic energy orders. In part, the members wrote: "We write in r... More
  • Westerman Criticizes DOI’s Guidance on Energy Leases
    Press Release
    Mar 16, 2021 -
    Last night, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) announced it will allow the 60-day suspension on processing oil and gas drilling permits to expire on March 21, 2021. House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement in response: “It’s becoming increasingly... More
  • Introducing the POWER Act
    Press Release
    Jan 28, 2021 -
    Today, Republican members in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate introduced the Protecting our Wealth of Energy Resources (POWER) Act of 2021 as a response to President Joe Biden’s ban on new energy leases in federal lands and waters. “With the stroke of a pen, President Biden locked up millions of ac... More
  • Biden’s Executive Order on Climate Harms Economy, Environment
    Press Release
    Jan 27, 2021 -
    Today, President Joe Biden signed an executive order titled, “Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad.” House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement in response: “Job killing, top-down, detrimental regulation is the Democrat way. P... More
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