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  • 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
    Press Release
    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
  • Westerman Testifies on Partisan Federal Lands Legislation
    Press Release
    Feb 23, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) testified before the House Committee on Rules on H.R. 803, the Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act. Westerman’s full remarks, as prepared: “Chairman McGovern, Ranking Member Cole, and members of the committee, I appreci... More
  • Democrats Reject Commonsense Amendments to Lopsided Public Lands Package
    Press Release
    Feb 23, 2021 -
    Today, House Republicans presented 54 amendments to H.R. 803, the Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act. House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement: “Part of our role as legislators is ensuring we are good stewards of America’s abundant nat... More
  • Bishop Statement on BLM’s Environmental Impact Statement on the Sage Grouse
    Press Release
    Dec 6, 2018 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) issued the following statement today regarding the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) updated sage grouse recovery plan: “Today’s Environmental Impact Statement signals a positive step promoting locally developed state recovery plans for the Sage Grouse. Thi... More
  • House Passes Manage Our Wolves Act with Bipartisan Support
    Press Release
    Nov 16, 2018 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 6784, the Manage Our Wolves Act. Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) issued the following statement: “Scientific evidence conducted by Fish and Wildlife under multiple administrations from both sides of the aisle shows the wolf has recovered and thrived. It’s time to de... More
  • Committee Advances Tribal Energy Legislation, Slate of Conservation, Public Lands and Fishery Bills
    Press Release
    Nov 15, 2018 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed eight bills, H.R. 3593 (U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La.), H.R. 5025 (U.S. Rep. Amua Amata Coleman Radewagon, R-American Samoa), H.R. 6507 (U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Penn.), H.R. 6602 (U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J.), H.R. 6652 (U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash.), H... More
  • Opinion: Restoring the Land and Water Conservation Fund
    In Case You Missed It
    Oct 9, 2018 -
    By: Chairman Rob Bishop The Daily Caller Politicians love creating new parks. It’s a cheap way (using someone else’s money) to increase name recognition and bona fides ahead of an election. Unfortunately, maintaining our parks doesn’t have the same appeal. Why would a politician fix a leaky roof or repave a road when h... More
  • ICYMI: Looking To The Historic Leasing Program To Alleviate The Maintenance Backlog In National Parks
    In Case You Missed It
    Sep 14, 2018 -
    By U.S. Reps. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) The Hill America’s crown jewels are its national parks. Touted as America’s best idea, the National Park Service is responsible for managing hundreds of units nationwide, encompassing more than 85 million acres in each state and territory of the United Sta... More
  • Committee Advances National Park Maintenance Backlog Bill
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    Sep 13, 2018 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 6510 (U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah), the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act. “As America’s beloved national parks buckle under the weight of broken pipes, crumbling roads, and other incomplete projects, additional funding is crucial to keeping parks safe ... More
  • Bishop, Grijalva Pass Deal on LWCF Reauthorization
    Press Release
    Sep 13, 2018 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop and Ranking Member Raúl Grijalva announced and passed a deal on the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), offered and adopted in Committee as an amendment to H.R. 502. The Committee also passed H.R. 6771, the Domestic Offshore Energy Reinvestment Act o... More
  • What They Are Saying: Support Builds for the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Bill
    Press Release
    Sep 12, 2018 -
    Tomorrow, the Committee on Natural Resources will markup the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act (U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah), which currently has more than 150 bipartisan cosponsors. H.R. 6510 provides mandatory funding to address the deferred maintenance backlog of the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildli... More
  • ICYMI: Congressional Panel to See Hot Springs’ Rebirth, Booming Bathhouse Row
    In Case You Missed It
    Sep 10, 2018 -
    By: Frank Lockwood Arkansas Democrat Gazette Fifteen years after hitting rock bottom, Hot Springs' Bathhouse Row is booming again. Later this month, members of the House Natural Resources Committee will travel to the city and hear about its recent renaissance. Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman said he wants his col... More
  • ICYMI: US Energy Dominance Can Fix Our National Parks
    In Case You Missed It
    Sep 8, 2018 -
    By: Washington Examiner Editorial Board Washington Examiner The House Natural Resources Committee will take up a bipartisan proposal this coming week with well over 100 cosponsors. Its purpose is to pay for the enormous $16 billion maintenance backlog at facilities controlled by the National Parks system, the Bureau o... More
  • ICYMI: Congress, Require BLM To Respect The Rights Of Private Landowners
    In Case You Missed It
    Sep 7, 2018 -
    By: Jerry Simmons The Hill America’s oil and natural gas development has provided an incredible lift for our nation’s economy. For the past decade in particular, production in shale formations across the country has moved the nation from its reliance on foreign energy, allowed the United States to become a net exporte... More
  • ICYMI: Restoring Our National Parks Would Be A Bipartisan Win For Congress
    In Case You Missed It
    Sep 5, 2018 -
    By: Tom Wathen and Marcia Argust The Hill There comes a time when homeowners can no longer ignore the leaky roof, broken heating and A/C unit, outdated plumbing system, or sagging floorboards in their house. Congress seems to be reaching this point with the much-needed repairs within national park units across the cou... More

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