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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
  • 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
  • Tracy Stone-Manning Is Unfit to Lead BLM
    Press Release
    Sep 30, 2021 -
    Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Tracy Stone-Manning as the next director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in a vote of 50-45. House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement in response: "The very least we should expect from our leaders is honesty and t... More
  • Ranking Members Request Additional Information on Embattled BLM Nominee
    Press Release
    Sep 28, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.), House Committee on Judiciary Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.) sent letters to White House Presidential Personnel Office Director Cathy Russell and U.S. De... 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
  • House Republicans Urge Biden to Rescind Stone-Manning Nomination
    Press Release
    Jul 28, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) led 75 members - including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) and 14 committee ranking members - in a letter to President Joe B... 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, Gosar Continue Investigating DOI Officials' Ethics Compliance
    Press Release
    Jul 20, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Ranking Member Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) sent a letter to U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Deputy Solicitor of Water Resources Daniel Cordalis and DOI's designated agency ethics official ... 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
  • Westerman, Gosar Inquire Into DOI Deputy Secretary's Conflicts of Interest
    Press Release
    Jun 28, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Ranking Member Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) sent a letter to U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Deputy Secretary Tommy Beaudreau and DOI's designated agency ethics official Heather Gottry, req... More
  • Haaland Testifies Before Committee, Demurs on Long-Term Solutions
    Press Release
    Jun 23, 2021 -
    Today, U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Debra Haaland testified before the House Committee on Natural Resources regarding the Biden administration's Fiscal Year 2022 budget. Committee Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement in response: "It was wonderful to welcome my frien... More
  • Committee Members Continue Investigating DOI Official's Ethical Concerns
    Press Release
    Jun 22, 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 U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) sent a follow-up letter to U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) senior counselor to the secretary Elizabeth Klein a... More
  • Committee Leadership Continues Investigating Agency Officials' Conflicts of Interest
    Press Release
    Jun 15, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Ranking Member Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) sent a letter to U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) deputy director of policies and programs Nada Culver and U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI) ... More
  • Inspector General's Report Exonerates U.S. Park Police
    Press Release
    Jun 10, 2021 -
    This week, the Department of the Interior Office of the Inspector General (IG) released a report following their review of U.S. Park Police (USPP) actions at Lafayette Park in June 2020. House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement in response: "After readi... More
  • Committee Members Raise Ethical Concerns Over DOI Appointee
    Press Release
    Jun 3, 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 U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) sent a letter to U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) senior counselor to the secretary Elizabeth Klein and DOI's d... 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
  • The Environmental Cost of a Border Crisis
    Press Release
    May 27, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) led a forum on the southern border crisis and the risks illegal immigration poses to the environment. "Despite President Biden’s purported commitment to p... 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
  • Westerman Requests Transparency in Committee Budget Process
    Press Release
    Apr 6, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) sent a letter to Chair Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) requesting that the committee conduct a fair and transparent budgetary process. In part, Westerman wrote: "To ensure that we are good stewards of taxpayer resources, it is incumbent upon us... More
  • Westerman Continues Requesting Transparency in National Monument Boundary Designations
    Press Release
    Mar 29, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) sent a follow-up letter to Department of the Interior Secretary Debra Haaland regarding the boundaries and designations of three national monuments. In part, Westerman wrote: "Despite repeated requests for a briefing about the national ... 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
  • ICYMI: The Environmental Cost of the Border Crisis
    Press Release
    Mar 23, 2021 -
    We are facing a crisis at our southern border. In fact, we’ve been facing a crisis there for years. We should be using every available resource to improve our immigration process, but in the meantime, we absolutely must equip our agencies with enforcement tools. If we don’t, our environment will suffer as a result. The... More
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