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  • 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
  • Biden Ignores Local Communities, Reinstates Sweeping Monument Designations
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    Oct 7, 2021 -
    Today, President Joe Biden announced he will be unilaterally expanding the boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah. "In a pattern that's becoming all-too-familiar, the Biden Administration is once again making a major decision with no congressional input, no pr... More
  • Westerman Statement on Biden's Idaho, California Forestry Tour
    Press Release
    Sep 13, 2021 -
    Today, President Joe Biden is visiting sites in Idaho and California to survey wildfire damage and learn more about forest management practices in the region. House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement in response: "It's ironic that just days after commit... 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
  • What They Are Saying: The Resilient Federal Forests Act
    Press Release
    Jul 27, 2021 -
    Last week, 70 members introduced the bipartisan Resilient Federal Forests Act with the backing of 90 organizations. "Catastrophic wildfires release millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, damage fragile ecosystems, and threaten the lives and livelihoods of Americans. Implementing active forest managemen... More
  • Members Survey Environmental Impacts of Illegal Immigration, Biden Border Crisis
    Press Release
    Jul 23, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) led a congressional delegation to McAllen, Texas to survey the impacts illegal immigration and the Biden border crisis have on sensitive wildlife habitats and federal lands along the border. U.S. Reps. Cliff Bentz (R-Ore.), John Moolena... More
  • Westerman Leads Legislation to Mitigate Catastrophic Wildfires, Improve Forest Health
    Press Release
    Jul 22, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) introduced the Resilient Federal Forests Act, a bipartisan bill to address the environmental and economic threats of catastrophic wildfires. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Con... More
  • Congress Must Take Action to Prevent Catastrophic Wildfires, Restore Forest Health
    Press Release
    Jul 22, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) led a forum titled "Preventing Catastrophic Wildfires and Restoring Forest Health and Resiliency." "Frankly, I am sick and tired of the pitiful lack of action taken in the face of this crisis," Westerman said. "If current trends continu... More
  • Committee Republicans Advance Bipartisan Bills, Offer Amendments to Dangerous Legislation
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    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
  • What They Are Saying: The VIP Act
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    Jul 2, 2021 -
    This week, 135 members introduced the bipartisan Veterans in Parks (VIP) Act with the backing of nearly 60 groups and organizations. Member Statements of Support "We owe our American freedoms to our brave servicemen and servicewomen, and the families who have served right alongside these heroes. President Trump did a g... More
  • Overwhelmingly Bipartisan Bill Honors American Heroes
    Press Release
    Jul 1, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) joined Committee Chairman Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa), U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) and 129 other ... More
  • A Nationwide Problem That's Been Years in the Making
    Press Release
    Jun 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 on skyrocketing lumber costs and potential solutions to the issues. "While the lumber price crisis has been years in the making, like our forum title suggests,... More
  • Westerman Statement on Incoming USFS Chief
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    Jun 28, 2021 -
    Today, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) announced Randy Moore as the new USFS chief. Former Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen will retire at the end of July after more than 40 years as a professional forester, wildland firefighter and land manager. House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman... 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
  • Celebrating Arbor Day
    Press Release
    Apr 30, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) led a virtual forum on the Trillion Trees Act, in honor of Arbor Day. Westerman issued the following statement: "I often say that trees are an old solution to new problems. As the only licensed forester in Congress, I’ve seen firsthand ... More
  • What They Are Saying: The Trillion Trees Act
    Press Release
    Apr 22, 2021 -
    This week, more than 75 bipartisan members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced the Trillion Trees Act. "Trees are a magical gift to America’s landscape. Our ships, rail lines, and early air and autos came of age from the wood of our trees. They built our housing for generations, and educated vast population... More
  • Westerman Leads Bipartisan Introduction of The Trillion Trees Act
    Press Release
    Apr 19, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) was joined by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), House Committee on Agriculture Ranking Member Glenn 'GT' Thompson (R-Penn.), House Committee on Appropriations Ranking Member Kay Granger (R-Texas), House Committee on Energ... 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
  • Westerman Requests Transparency on National Monument Boundary Reviews
    Press Release
    Mar 8, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) sent a letter to U.S. Department of the Interior Acting Secretary Scott de la Vega regarding three national monument boundaries and conditions. In part, Westerman wrote: “Section 3 of Executive Order (EO) 13990, ‘Protecting Public Healt... More
  • House Republicans Force Floor Vote on Biden Ban
    Press Release
    Feb 26, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) led a motion to recommit (MTR) on H.R. 803, the Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act. Westerman issued the following statement: “The ramifications of the Biden administration’s actions will be devasting in our rural comm... More
  • Westerman Leads Floor Debate on Partisan Federal Lands Package
    Press Release
    Feb 25, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) led Republicans on the House floor in opposing H.R. 803, the Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act. Westerman issued the following statement: “I believe we have a responsibility to leave our environment better than we fou... More
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Members Urge DOI, USDA to Consider Vaccine Mandate's Effects on Wildfire Response, Readiness

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 Interi...... Read more

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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 Ke...... Read more

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