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  • press release | 04/15/2014
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    Today, all 26 lawmakers representing Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Idaho urged President Obama to make the future of the 1964 Columbia River Treaty a priority for 2014. In a letter led by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA), and House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR), the 26 lawmakers highlighted the importance of the Columbia River Treaty and asked the Administration to take direct action on this issue by ...... read more
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    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released a comprehensive audit of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The audit found that the federal government does not have a system to track data and costs associated with performing NEPA reviews, NEPA delays are lengthy and vary agency to agency, and that litigation is a major driver in the environmental review process. The audit was performed at the request of House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04), Public...... read more
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    At a Full Committee hearing today on “Tribal Forest Management: A Model for Promoting Healthy Forests and Rural Jobs,” House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) in his opening statement stressed the need for the Senate to take action on House-passed legislation to restore active forest management. Last September, the House passed H.R. 1526, The Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, which renews the federal government’s commitment to manage federal forests f...... read more
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    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on “American Energy Jobs: Opportunities for Women and Minorities.” The energy sector provides stable, well-paying jobs with an average salary much higher than other sectors. The hearing examined the growing opportunities for women and minorities in the energy field and how their role will continue to grow. A study released last month found significant job potential for women and minorities. The study found that und...... read more
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    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee held a Full Committee legislative hearing on four straightforward bills to update the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for the 21st century and improve species recovery. The bills are supported by all of the Members of the ESA Congressional Working Group, representing districts across the nation, and are based on the recommendations and findings of their report and input from a broad array of stakeholders, including the Western Governors’ Association. At ...... read more
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    Today, all 26 lawmakers representing Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Idaho urged President Obama to make the future of the 1964 Columbia River Treaty a priority for 2014. In a letter led by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA), and House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR), the 26 lawmakers highlighted the importan...... read more
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    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released a comprehensive audit of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The audit found that the federal government does not have a system to track data and costs associated with performing NEPA reviews, NEPA delays are lengthy and vary agency to agency, and that litigation is a major driver in the environmental review process. The audit was...... read more
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    At a Full Committee hearing today on “Tribal Forest Management: A Model for Promoting Healthy Forests and Rural Jobs,” House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) in his opening statement stressed the need for the Senate to take action on House-passed legislation to restore active forest management. Last September, the House passed H.R. 1526, The Restoring Healthy Forests for H...... read more
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    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on “American Energy Jobs: Opportunities for Women and Minorities.” The energy sector provides stable, well-paying jobs with an average salary much higher than other sectors. The hearing examined the growing opportunities for women and minorities in the energy field and how their role will continue to grow. A study re...... read more
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    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee held a Full Committee legislative hearing on four straightforward bills to update the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for the 21st century and improve species recovery. The bills are supported by all of the Members of the ESA Congressional Working Group, representing districts across the nation, and are based on the recommendations and findings of their re...... read more
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  • TWITTER | 04/15/2014

    Bills passed by @NatResources and the House this congress could add $2.37B to U.S. treasury #taxday

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  • TWITTER | 04/15/2014

    CA is the largest fruits and veggie producer in the US; 3yr drought now effecting prices at grocery store via @WSJ http://t.co/ROSyB0QZBA

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  • TWITTER | 04/15/2014

    Did you know that last year, the U.S. govt collected almost $15B in revenues from the oil & natural gas industry #taxday

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  • TWITTER | 04/10/2014

    Live @ 9:30 @NatResources Chairman @DocHastings will chair a hrg on forest management. Watch: http://t.co/7b2yt6yST3 http://t.co/FE7Ak9zAR3

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  • TWITTER | 04/09/2014

    Live now: @NatResources markup on 10 bills including public land measures. Watch the debate online: http://t.co/7MmbbK5I56

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    Wednesday, March 19th the Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight field hearing in Fresno, CA on "California Water Crisis and Its Impacts: The Need for Immediate and Long-Term Solutions." This field hearing is designed to focus on the need to resolve differences in order to bring immediate and long-term water supplies to the San Joaquin Valley and other parts of California. The lack of ra...... read more
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    Examiner Editorial: Fighting waste and fraud requires junkyard dogs, not pawns Washington Examiner March 13, 2014 When Congress and President Carter approved creation of the present inspector general program in 1978, the new officials were intended to be the front line of attack against waste and fraud in the federal government. Federal spending was just over $400 billion that year. Washington wi...... read more
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    This week the House will consider H.R. 3964, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act, introduced by the Republican California delegation, addresses the emergency drought in California by restoring some water supplies San Joaquin Valley Farmers. The lack of rainfall has exacerbated the man-made drought caused by federal regulations and environmental lawsuits. On January 17, 2...... read more
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    America can count on reliable and affordable electricity from coal for the foreseeable future. This will only happen if the Obama Administration stops its constant attacks on this abundant resource. In 2013, coal provided America with 40% of America’s electricity while providing countless direct and indirect jobs. Many communities around the country rely upon coal for their livelihoods. Needless t...... read more
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    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered this statement on the House floor today in support of S. 404, the Green Mountain Lookout Heritage Protection Act. This important bipartisan legislation is similar to H.R. 908 that was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on February 20, 2014 as part of the Public Access and Lands Improvement Act.
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    HR 1459, the Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments Act, a bill sponsored by Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) was debated by the House.
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    Chairman Hasting delivered the following floor statement on H.R. 2824, the Preventing Government Waste and Protecting Coal Mining Jobs in America Act.
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    Today, the Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight field hearing in Fresno, CA on "California Water Crisis and Its Impacts: The Need for Immediate and Long-Term Solutions." To learn more: http://naturalresources.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=372230
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    On Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings delivered the following statement on the House floor supporting H.R. 2804.
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    Legislative Hearing on:

    • H.R. 4296 (Sablan), To amend Public Law 94–241 with respect to the Northern Mariana Islands.
    • H.R. 4402 (Bordallo), To authorize the Secretary of the Navy to establish a surface danger zone over the Guam National Wildlife Refuge or any portion thereof to support the operation of a live-fire training range complex. “Guam Military Training and Readiness Act of 2014”

    Member Statements:

    The Honorable John Fleming
    Subcommittee Chairman

    Witnesses and Testimony:

    PANEL I

    Witnesses are by invitation only.

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    Oversight Hearing on:

    • “Tribal Forest Management: A Model for Promoting Healthy Forests and Rural Jobs.”

    Archived Video Webcast:

    Member Statements:

    The Honorable Doc Hastings
    Chairman

    Witnesses and Testimony:

    PANEL I

    The Honorable Michael S. Black
    Director
    Bureau of Indian Affairs
    U.S. Department of the Interior

    Mr. Phil Rigdon
    Yakama Indian nation
    President, Intertribal Timber Council
    (Truth in Testimony Form)

    Ms. Brenda Meade
    Chair
    Coquille Indian Tribe

    Ms. Carole Lankford
    Vice Chairman
    Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

    Mr. Cody Desautel
    Natural Resources Director
    Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

    Mr. Larry Mason
    Forest Scientist
    Indian Forest Management Assessment Team (IFMAT)
    (Truth in Testimony Form)

    Background:

    The hearing will examine the successful model of forest management used by tribes throughout the country. Over the last two decades, federal regulations and environmental lawsuits have caused the rapid decline in timber sales across the country in federally managed forests. This lack of active federal forest management has destroyed tens of thousands of jobs, deprived rural counties of revenue, and made our National Forests increasingly susceptible to devastating wildfires and invasive species. Meanwhile, Tribal forest managers continue to be more effective at using their limited resources to better protect forest health, prevent catastrophic wildfires and create jobs. This oversight hearing will focus on the issues and challenges facing the management of tribal forests, and will examine innovative ways tribal governments are using limited resources to effectively manage their lands and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire.

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    Full Committee Markup on:

    • H.R. 503 (Roe), To authorize the National Desert Storm Memorial Association to establish the National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial as a commemorative work in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes. “National Desert Storm and Desert Shield War Memorial Act
    • H.R. 863 (Maloney), To establish the Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Women's History Museum, and for other purposes. “Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Women's History Museum Act of 2013”
    • H.R. 2208 (Wittman), To extend the authorization of appropriations for allocation to carry out approved wetlands conservation projects under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act through fiscal year 2017. “North American Wetlands Conservation Extension Act of 2013”
    • H.R. 2430 (Pascrell), To adjust the boundaries of Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park to include Hinchliffe Stadium, and for other purposes. “Hinchliffe Stadium Heritage Act of 2013”
    • H.R. 3802 (Lynch), To extend the legislative authority of the Adams Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative work in honor of former President John Adams and his legacy, and for other purposes.
    • H.R. 4002 (Mullin), To revoke the charter of incorporation of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma at the request of that tribe, and for other purposes.
    • H.R. 4017 (Heck), To designate a peak located in Nevada as "Mount Reagan".
    • H.R. 4120 (Hoyer), To amend the National Law Enforcement Museum Act to extend the termination date.
    • H.R. 4253 (Bishop), To permanently withdraw, reserve, and transfer Bureau of Land Management lands used for military purposes in Alaska, Nevada, and New Mexico to the appropriate Secretary of the military department concerned. “Bureau of Land Management Withdrawn Military Lands Efficiency and Savings Act”
    • H.R. 4309 (Bordallo), To amend the Sikes Act to make certain improvements to the administration of cooperative agreements for land management related to Department of Defense readiness activities, and for other purposes.

    Archived Video Webcast:

    Committee Action Summary:

    H.R. 503 (Roe), To authorize the National Desert Storm Memorial Association to establish the National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial as a commemorative work in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes. “National Desert Storm and Desert Shield War Memorial Act”

    The Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 503 by unanimous consent.

    Adopted and favorably reported to the House of Representatives, as amended, by unanimous consent.

    H.R. 863 (Maloney), To establish the Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Women's History Museum, and for other purposes.“Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Women's History Museum Act of 2013”

    The Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 863 by unanimous consent.

    Adopted and favorably reported to the House of Representatives, as amended, by unanimous consent.

    H.R. 2208 (Wittman), To extend the authorization of appropriations for allocation to carry out approved wetlands conservation projects under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act through fiscal year 2017. “North American Wetlands Conservation Extension Act of 2013”

    The Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 2208 by unanimous consent.

    Adopted and favorably reported to the House of Representatives, as amended, by voice vote.

    H.R. 2430 (Pascrell), To adjust the boundaries of Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park to include Hinchliffe Stadium, and for other purposes. “Hinchliffe Stadium Heritage Act of 2013”

    The Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 2430 by unanimous consent.

    Adopted and favorably reported to the House of Representatives, as amended, by unanimous consent.

    H.R. 3802 (Lynch), To extend the legislative authority of the Adams Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative work in honor of former President John Adams and his legacy, and for other purposes.

    The Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 3802 by unanimous consent.

    Adopted and favorably reported to the House of Representatives, as amended, by unanimous consent.

    H.R. 4002 (Mullin), To revoke the charter of incorporation of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma at the request of that tribe, and for other purposes.

    The Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 4002 by unanimous consent.

    Adopted and favorably reported to the House of Representatives by unanimous consent.

    H.R. 4017 (Heck), To designate a peak located in Nevada as "Mount Reagan".

    The Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 4017 by unanimous consent.

    Adopted and favorably reported to the House of Representatives by unanimous consent

    H.R. 4120 (Hoyer), To amend the National Law Enforcement Museum Act to extend the termination date.

    The Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 4120 by unanimous consent.

    Adopted and favorably reported to the House of Representatives by unanimous consent.

    H.R. 4253 (Bishop), To permanently withdraw, reserve, and transfer Bureau of Land Management lands used for military purposes in Alaska, Nevada, and New Mexico to the appropriate Secretary of the military department concerned. “Bureau of Land Management Withdrawn Military Lands Efficiency and Savings Act”

    The Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 4253 by unanimous consent.

    Adopted and favorably reported to the House of Representatives by a roll call vote of 21 yeas and 10 nays

    H.R. 4309 (Bordallo), To amend the Sikes Act to make certain improvements to the administration of cooperative agreements for land management related to Department of Defense readiness activities, and for other purposes.

    The Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 4309 by unanimous consent.

    Adopted and favorably reported to the House of Representatives, as amended, by voice vote.

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    Oversight Hearing on:

    • “American Energy Jobs: Opportunities for Women and Minorities”

    Member Statements:

    The Honorable Doug Lamborn
    Subcommittee Chairman

    Witnesses and Testimony:

    PANEL I

    Ms. Julie Gressley
    Consultant, Economic Impact Analysis
    IHS Economics
    (Truth in Testimony Form)

    Mr. Dale LeFebvre
    Founder and Chairman
    3.5.7.11 Holding Company
    (Truth in Testimony Form)

    Ms. Emily Arthun
    Women’s Mining Coalition and
    Director, Talent Management
    Cloud Peak Energy Resources LLC
    (Truth in Testimony Form)

    Ms. Lynne L. Hackedorn
    Vice President, Government and Public Affairs
    Cobalt International Energy, Inc.
    (Truth in Testimony Form)

    Dr. Kase Lawal
    Chairman
    CAMAC Energy Inc.
    (Truth in Testimony Form)

    Background:

    Women and minorities are already a key part of America’s energy renaissance and their role and importance will only continue to grow. It is estimated that their employment in the energy sector will rise to one-third by 2030 – up from one-fourth in 2010. This hearing will examine opportunities in this sector, what is driving this increase, and identify ways to ensure continued job growth.

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    Legislative Hearing on:

    • H.R. 187 (Jones), To correct the boundaries of the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System Unit L06, Topsail, North Carolina.
    • H.R. 277 (Cicilline), To revise the boundaries of John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System Sachuest Point Unit RI-04P, Easton Beach Unit RI-05P, Almy Pond Unit RI-06, and Hazards Beach Unit RI-07 in Rhode Island.
    • H.R. 1810 (Radel), To revise the boundaries of John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System Gasparilla Island Unit in Florida.
    • H.R. 1811 (Radel), To remove from the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System areas included in Florida System Unit P-16, and for other purposes.
    • H.R. 2057 (Southerland), To remove from the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System the areas comprising Bay County Unit P-31P in Florida.
    • H.R. 3226 (Rice), To remove from the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System certain properties in South Carolina.
    • H.R. 3227 (Rice), To remove from the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System certain properties in South Carolina.
    • H.R. 3572 (McIntyre), To revise the boundaries of certain John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System units in North Carolina.
    • H.R. 4222 (Southerland), To correct the boundaries of John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System units in Florida, and for other purposes.

    Member Statements:

    The Honorable John Fleming
    Subcommittee Chairman

    Witnesses and Testimony:

    PANEL I

    The Honorable Walter B. Jones (H.R. 187)
    Member of Congress from the State of North Carolina

    The Honorable Mike McIntyre (H.R. 3572)
    Member of Congress from the State of North Carolina

    The Honorable Tom Rice (H.R. 3226 and H.R. 3227)
    Member of Congress from the State of South Carolina

    PANEL II

    Mr. Gary Frazer (All bills)
    Assistant Director, Ecological Services
    U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    The Honorable Thomas B. Evans, Jr. (All bills)
    Former Member of Congress from the State of Delaware
    (Truth in Testimony Form)

    PANEL III

    The Honorable Daniel Tuman (H.R. 187)
    Mayor
    Town of North Topsail Beach
    (Truth in Testimony Form)

    The Honorable Warren Yeager, Jr. (H.R. 4222)
    Gulf County Commissioner, District 5
    Gulf County Board of Commissioners
    (Truth in Testimony Form)

    Mr. Terrell Arline (H.R. 2057)
    County Attorney
    Bay County, Florida
    (Truth in Testimony Form)

    Ms. Jacqueline Nicholson (H.R. 1810)
    South Bay Homeowners Association
    (Truth in Testimony Form)

    Dr. Robert S. Rohde (H.R. 1811)
    Testifying on Behalf of the Marco Island and Isles of Capri Homeowners Associations
    (Truth in Testimony Form)

    Dr. Robert Young (All bills)
    Director
    Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines
    Western Carolina University
    (Truth in Testimony Form)

    Mr. Christian Camara (All bills)
    Florida Director
    R Street Institute
    (Truth in Testimony Form)

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