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  • Biden Administration Ignores Science, Shuts Down Domestic Mineral Production
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    Jun 23, 2022 -
    Washington - Today, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) announced its recommendation that the Secretary of the Interior withdraw lands from new mineral leasing in the Rainy River watershed for 20 years, preventing development of important American mineral resources "Just when you think the Biden administration's energy 'pl... More
  • ICYMI: It's Time to Unleash the Power of American Energy
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    May 24, 2022 -
    No one likes filling up their car at a gas station. It feels like the most necessary of evils, spending money on something we never see but depend on to go about our daily lives. What was once a routine errand has now become a significant strain on family budgets, as the price of oil continues to climb with no end in ... More
  • ICYMI: Anti-Mining, Anti-Northland Bill Demands to Be Rejected
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    May 23, 2022 -
    As the member of Congress from Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District, I am blessed to represent mining country. I’m proud of my constituents who work in our mines developing the resources we need for America’s steel. The Duluth Complex — which accounts for 95% of America’s nickel resources, 88% of our cobalt, and mor... More
  • DOI Heeds Republican Messages, Announces Draft Five-Year Offshore Leasing Plan
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    May 19, 2022 -
    Today, U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Deb Haaland announced DOI will be releasing a draft five-year plan for oil and gas leasing on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) before the current plan expires on June 30, 2022. House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued th... More
  • Westerman Slams Biden for Killing Offshore Leases, Increasing Gas Prices
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    May 12, 2022 -
    Last night, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced it will no longer hold court-ordered offshore oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska. House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement in response: "This announcement puts the Biden adm... More
  • ICYMI: The Clean Energy Minerals Reform Act Is the Wrong Solution for American Mining
    Press Release
    May 11, 2022 -
    Everything in this world is either grown or mined, and if we don’t grow it or mine it in America, we import it. Events from the past few years, namely the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, have highlighted America’s hunger for metals, including copper, nickel, cobalt, platinum-group elements, and ... More
  • Biden Administration Continues War on American Minerals
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    May 5, 2022 -
    This week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its recommendation that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers not re-issue PolyMet’s Clean Water Act Section 404 permit for the NorthMet project in northeastern Minnesota. "Actions speak louder than words, and while the Biden administration is claiming to suppo... More
  • Westerman Joins Scalise for Offshore Energy Tour
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    Apr 21, 2022 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) joined House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and other Republican members for a tour of Louisiana's offshore oil and gas industry. "Democrats love to demonize the oil and gas industry, yet they forget how it employs hardworking Ame... More
  • Biden's SPR Decision, New Fees Are Shortsighted, Unsustainable
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    Mar 31, 2022 -
    Today, President Joe Biden announced an unprecedented drawdown from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), intending to place 1 million barrels of oil on the market every day for the next six months and increase fees on federal oil and gas leaseholders. House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerma... More
  • Biden's Mineral Announcement Misses Bigger Picture
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    Mar 31, 2022 -
    Today, President Joe Biden announced he is invoking Defense Protection Act powers in order to ramp up domestic production of critical minerals. "After more than two years of repeated assaults on American energy and mineral production - including shuttering the Twin Metals project in Minnesota - it is laughable that Pre... More
  • House Republicans Introduce Legislation to End the Biden Ban
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    Mar 30, 2022 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) joined U.S. Reps. Jerry Carl (R-Ala.), Garret Graves (R-La.), Yvette Herrell (R-N.M.), Blake Moore (R-Utah), Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.) and Beth Van Duyne (R-Texas) in introducing six bills that will unleash America's domestic energy pote... More
  • Republicans Hold Joint Forum on Biden's War on American Energy
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    Mar 18, 2022 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources, House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and the House Select Climate Committee Republican members held a forum titled "Pain at the Pump: Biden's War on American Energy." During Ranking Member Bruce Westerman's (R-Ark.) opening statement, he said in part: "Let me be clear, d... More
  • Republicans Urge Action on Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing
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    Mar 9, 2022 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.), House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Congressional Western Caucus Chair Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.)led a letter signed by 61other members to Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Deb ... More
  • Westerman Statement on Biden's Russian Energy Import Ban
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    Mar 8, 2022 -
    Today, President Joe Biden announced a national ban on Russian energy imports. House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement in response: "Banning Russian oil and gas imports is the right thing to do. However, President Biden’s solution, turning to Venezuela... More
  • Westerman, Rodgers Introduce the American Energy Independence from Russia Act
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    Mar 1, 2022 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) released the following statement after introducing the American Energy Independence from Russia Act. "America’s energy dominance is our strongest weapon a... More
  • Westerman Tours Northern Minnesota Mines
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    Feb 14, 2022 -
    Last week, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) joined Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee Ranking Member Pete Stauber (R-Minn.), Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.), and other members of Congress in Northern Minnesota to see firsthand the importan... More
  • Republicans Urge Interior to Consider Military Tensions, Reassess Critical Minerals List
    Press Release
    Feb 3, 2022 -
    This week, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) led a letter signed by members of the House Committee on Natural Resources to Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Deb Haaland urging DOI to consider the impacts of current international crises on mineral supply chains as it d... More
  • Republicans Hold Forum Highlighting the Importance of Domestic Mining
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    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
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    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
  • Biden Administration Continues Attacking Domestic Energy
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    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 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
  • Republicans Investigate Taliban's Access to Critical Mineral Reserves
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    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
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