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    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on “American Metals and Mineral Security: An Examination of the Domestic Critical Minerals Supply and Demand Chain.” This hearing examined the vital role that critical minerals and metals play in American manufacturing and why it’s important to ensure the continued this domestic production. “America’s dependence on foreign nations for minerals is a choice. Our solution to our dependence isn’...... read more
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    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04), House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (OK-03), and 11 Members of Congress recently sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack asking for a copy of a report, as required by law, on the cost and effectiveness of the Department’s conservation measures for the lesser prairie chicken. The Agricultural Act Conference Report, passed by the House in January and signed by the President in February (P.L. 113-79), requir...... read more
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    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement regarding the Record of Decision (ROD) issued today by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) on the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for seismic exploration in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS): “After nearly five years of delays, I’m pleased to finally see the Administration moving forward to allow seismic exploration in the Atlantic OCS. Seismic exploration is the first s...... read more
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    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on “American Metals and Mineral Security: An Examination of the Domestic Critical Minerals Supply and Demand Chain.” This hearing examined the vital role that critical minerals and metals play in American manufacturing and why it’s important to ensure the continued this domestic production. “America’s dependence on foreign nations for minerals is a choice. Our solution to our dependence isn’...... read more
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    Today, 29 Members of Congress sent a letter underscoring support for House-passed active forest management legislation, H.R. 1526, the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act. In the letter, the Members stress the need for Senate action to keep all of our Nation’s forests healthy. “Last fall, the House passed H.R. 1526, the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, with bipartisan support. We greatly appreciate your leadership in bringing this critical legislation to t...... read more
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    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on “American Metals and Mineral Security: An Examination of the Domestic Critical Minerals Supply and Demand Chain.” This hearing examined the vital role that critical minerals and metals play in American manufacturing and why it’s important to ensure the continued this domestic production. “A...... read more
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    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04), House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (OK-03), and 11 Members of Congress recently sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack asking for a copy of a report, as required by law, on the cost and effectiveness of the Department’s conservation measures for the lesser prairie chicken. The Agricultural Act Conference ...... read more
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    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement regarding the Record of Decision (ROD) issued today by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) on the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for seismic exploration in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS): “After nearly five years of delays, I’m pleased to finally see the Administration...... read more
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    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on the “Implementation and Administration of the 2013 Helium Stewardship Act.” This hearing examined what steps are being taken to comply with H.R. 527, the Helium Stewardship Act that was signed into law, Public Law 113-40, on October 2, 2013 as a result of bipartisan efforts in the House and...... read more
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    Today, 29 Members of Congress sent a letter underscoring support for House-passed active forest management legislation, H.R. 1526, the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act. In the letter, the Members stress the need for Senate action to keep all of our Nation’s forests healthy. “Last fall, the House passed H.R. 1526, the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, with ...... read more
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  • TWITTER | 07/24/2014

    RT @MiningFan: Thank you to the panel of witnesses at the @NatResources hearing on “American #Metals and #Mineral Security” http://t.co/Xkn

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  • TWITTER | 07/23/2014

    "The US is among the world largest producers of the most important #minerals" via @RepDLamborn Watch the hrg live: http://t.co/7MmbbK5I56

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  • TWITTER | 07/23/2014

    Starting soon: @NatResources hrg on the domestic critical minerals supply and demand chain. Tune in and watch live: http://t.co/7MmbbK5I56

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  • TWITTER | 07/23/2014

    @jaxjacobsen this first series of votes will take a little while. Could last between 30 and 45 minutes. Sorry for the inconvenience!

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  • TWITTER | 07/23/2014

    @jaxjacobsen thanks for your patience and understanding!

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    Click on the 'Comment' link and post your question to the Secretary here. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Post by House Committee on Natural Resources. ... read more
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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) addressed the House floor in support of H.R. 4899, the Lowering Gas Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act.
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    April 29, 2014,the House Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight hearing on "American Energy Jobs: Opportunities for Skilled Trades Workers." The hearing examined the well-paying jobs opportunities for technical and skilled workers that have been created by the recent American energy boom. Mike Rowe, former host of Discovery's "Dirty Jobs" and CEO of mikeroweWorks testified at this hearing.
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    Mike Rowe, former host of Dirty Jobs, and CEO of mikeroweWorks testified before the House Natural Resources Committee on skilled trades workers and the growing energy sector. To watch the full hearing: http://naturalresources.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=376638
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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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    Oversight Hearing on:

    • "Threats, Intimidation and Bullying by Federal Land Managing Agencies, Part II"

    Member Statements:

    The Honorable Rob Bishop
    Subcommittee Chairman

    Witnesses and Testimony:

    PANEL I

    Mr. James D. Perkins
    Sheriff
    Garfield County , UT

    Mr. Leland Pollock
    Commissioner 
    Garfield County, UT

    Mr. Grant A. Gerber, Esq.
    Commissioner 
    Elko County, NV

    PANEL II

    Mr. Ronny Rardin
    Commissioner
    Otero County, NM

    Mr. Garrett O. VeneKlasen
    Executive Director
    New Mexico Wildlife Federation
    Santa Fe, NM

    Mr. Jose Varela Lopez
    New Mexico Cattlegrowers' Association
    Santa Fe, NM

    Mr. Blair Dunn, Esq.
    Attorney
    Albuquerque, NM

    Mr. Mike Lucero
    Rancher
    Jemez Pueble, NM

    Background:

    This hearing continues Committee oversight into bullying by federal land management agencies and will feature testimony from local law enforcement and elected representatives, ranchers, shareholders, professional and business owners across the country who will discuss personal experiences of abusive conduct by federal land management agencies. 

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    Oversight Hearing on:

    • “American Metals and Mineral Security: An examination of the domestic critical minerals supply and demand chain”

    Archived Video Webcast:

    Member Statements:

    The Honorable Doug Lamborn 
    Subcommittee Chairman

    Witnesses and Testimony:

    Dr. Anthony Ku
    Manufacturing & Materials Technologies
    GE Global Research
    (Truth in Testimony)

    Mr. Mark Fellows
    SNL Metals & Mining
    Metals Consulting
    (Truth in Testimony)

    Mr. Jerry Pyatt
    CEO
    The Doe Run Company
    (Truth in Testimony) 

    Mr. Brett Lambert
    Senior Fellow
    National Defense Industrial Association
    (Truth in Testimony)

    Dr. Eric S. Peterson
    Center for Advanced Energy Studies
    Idaho National Laboratory 

    Background:

    Critical and strategic metals and minerals are fundamental components of technologies and everyday items ranging from cell phones, computers, medical equipment, renewable energy products, high-tech military equipment, building materials, and common household products. The timely and environmentally responsible development of our Nation’s vast supplies of strategic and critical minerals will create good-paying mining jobs, boost local economies, and provide security to America’s economy. This hearing further underscores the need for the Senate to approve H.R. 761, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act, which passed the House last September and allows the United States to more efficiently develop its strategic and critical minerals that are vital to America’s economic competitiveness.

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    Oversight Hearing on:

    • H.R. 3109 (Young of AK), to assist Alaskan Native Handicrafts.
    • H.R. 3409 (Fincher), To amend the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 to require that any expansion of a national wildlife refuge must be expressly authorized by statute. “the National Wildlife Refuge Expansion Limitation Act”
    • H.R. 5026 (Gosar), To prohibit closing or repurposing any propagation fish hatchery or aquatic species propagation program of the Department of the Interior unless such action is expressly authorized by an Act of Congress, and for other purposes. “the Fish Hatchery Protection Act”
    • H.R. 5069 (Fleming), To amend the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Act to increase in the price of Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps to fund the acquisition of conservation easements for migratory birds, and for other purposes. “the Federal Duck Stamp Act”

    Archived Video Webcast:

    Member Statements:

    The Honorable John Fleming
    Subcommittee Chairman

    Witnesses and Testimony:

    PANEL I

    Mr. Steve Guertin ​(H.R. 3109, H.R. 3409, H.R. 5026, H.R. 5069)
    Deputy Director
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    The Honorable Robert E. Mansell ​(H.R. 5026)
    ​Chairman 
    Arizona Game and Fish Commission
    (Truth in Testimony)

    PANEL II

    The Honorable Hildy Angius (H.R. 5026)
    Chairman
    Mohave County Board of Supervisors
    (Truth in Testimony)

    Ms. Jacqueline Pata (H.R. 3109)
    Vice Chair
    Sealaska Corporation
    (Truth in Testimony)

    Mr. Paul Schmidt (H.R. 5069)
    Chief Conservation Officer
    Ducks Unlimited 
    (Truth in Testimony)

    Mr. Martin Clifford Cornell III (H.R. 3409, H.R. 5069)
    Grant Administrator
    Friends of Brazoria Wildlife Refuges
    (Truth in Testimony)

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    Full Committee Markup on:

    • 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. 916 (Kind), To improve Federal land management, resource conservation, environmental protection, and use of Federal real property, by requiring the Secretary of the Interior to develop a multipurpose cadastre of Federal real property and identifying inaccurate, duplicate, and out-of-date Federal land inventories, and for other purposes; Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform Act of 2013.

    *Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute to H.R. 916

    • H.R. 1810 (Clawson), To revise the boundaries of John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System Gasparilla Island Unit in Florida.
    • H.R. 2158 (Fleming), To exempt from the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 the expedited removal from the United States of certain snake species, and for other purposes; Expedited Departure of Certain Snake Species Act.
    • H.R. 3572 (McIntyre), To revise the boundaries of certain John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System units in North Carolina.
    • H.R. 3806 (Meadows), To authorize payment of funds in accordance with the agreement entered into by the Tennessee Valley Authority, the State of North Carolina, Swain County, North Carolina, and the United States Department of the Interior; Great Smoky Mountains National Park Agreement Act of 2013.

    *Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute to H.R. 3806

    • H.R. 4751 (Kilmer), To make technical corrections to Public Law 110-229 to reflect the renaming of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, and for other purposes.
    • ​Note: The Committee will be considering H.R. __, (Bishop of Utah), To amend the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act to improve recreation opportunities and increase consistency and accountability in the collection and expenditure of recreation fees collected on public lands and forests at the next Full Committee Markup.

    Archived Video Webcast:

    Member Statements:

    The Honorable Doc Hastings
    Chairman

    Committee Markup Action Summary

    The Committee on Natural Resources met in open session on July 16, 2014, to consider the following bills: 


    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.
    The Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 277 by unanimous consent.
    Adopted and favorably reported to the House of Representatives, as amended, by unanimous consent.  


    H.R. 916 (Kind), To improve Federal land management, resource conservation, environmental protection, and use of Federal real property, by requiring the Secretary of the Interior to develop a multipurpose cadastre of Federal real property and identifying inaccurate, duplicate, and out-of-date Federal land inventories, and for other purposes (Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform Act of 2013). 
    The Subcommittees on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation, and Energy and Mineral Resources were discharged from further consideration of H.R. 916 by unanimous consent.
    Adopted and favorably reported to the House of Representatives, as amended, by unanimous consent.  

    H.R. 1810 (Clawson), To revise the boundaries of John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System Gasparilla Island Unit in Florida.
    The Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 1810 by unanimous consent.

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

    H.R. 2158 (Fleming), To exempt from the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 the expedited removal from the United States of certain snake species, and for other purposes (Expedited Departure of Certain Snake Species Act).
    The Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 2158 by unanimous consent.
    Adopted and favorably reported to the House of Representatives, as amended, by unanimous consent.  

    H.R. 3572 (McIntyre), To revise the boundaries of certain John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System units in North Carolina. 
    The Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 3572 by unanimous consent.
    Adopted and favorably reported to the House of Representatives, as amended, by unanimous consent.  

    H.R. 3806 (Meadows), To authorize payment of funds in accordance with the agreement entered into by the Tennessee Valley Authority, the State of North Carolina, Swain County, North Carolina, and the United States Department of the Interior (Great Smoky Mountains National Park Agreement Act of 2013). 
    The Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 3806 by unanimous consent. 
    The long title was amended by unanimous consent. 

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

    H.R. 4751 (Kilmer), To make technical corrections to Public Law 110-229 to reflect the renaming of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, and for other purposes. 

    The Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 4751 by unanimous consent.

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

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    Legislative Hearing on:

    • H.R. 3229 (Young of AK), To amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to authorize advance appropriations for the Indian Health Service by providing 2-fiscal-year budget authority, and for other purposes. “Indian Health Service Advance Appropriations Act of 2013.”
    • H.R. 4546 (DeFazio), To amend the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act to provide further self-governance by Indian tribes, and for other purposes.  “Department of the Interior Tribal Self-Governance Act of 2014.”
    • H.R. 4867 (Ruiz), To provide for certain land to be taken into trust for the benefit of Morongo Band of Mission Indians, and for other purposes.  “Economic Development Through Tribal Land Exchange Act.”
    • S. 1603 (Stabenow), A bill to reaffirm that certain land has been taken into trust for the benefit of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatami Indians, and for other purposes.  “Gun Lake Trust Land Reaffirmation Act.

     

    Archived Video Webcast:

    Member Statements:

    The Honorable Don Young
    Subcommittee Chairman

    Witnesses and Testimony:

    PANEL I

    The Honorable Kevin Washburn (H.R. 4546, H.R. 4867 and S. 1603)
    Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs
    U.S.  Department of the Interior

    Ms. Elizabeth Fowler (H.R. 3229)
    Deputy Director, Operations Management
    Indian Health Service 


    PANEL II

    Chairman W. Ron Allen (H.R. 4546)
    Jamestown S'Klallam Tribal Council

    The Honorable Robert Martin (H.R. 4867)
    Chairman
    Morongo Band of Mission Indians

    Chairman D.K. Sprague (S. 1603)
    Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians

    Vice-Chair Carole Lankford (H.R. 4546)
    Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation

    Ms. Cathy Abramson (H.R. 3229)
    Chairperson
    National Indian Health Board
    (Truth in Testimony)

    Timothy Schuerch (H.R. 3229)
    President and CEO
    Maniilaq Association
    (Truth in Testimony)

     

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    Must read for the AM: New York Times "Wired for Wind" The State of Texas is leading the way in taking renewable wind energy and turning it into electricity. The Texas panhandle is blessed with an abundant wind resource and a recent "if you build it they will come" project to create over 3,600 miles of high capacity, high voltage power lines are creating viable electricity from this renewable sourc...... read more
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    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings and Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Chairman Congressman Doug Lamborn introduced draft legislation to help solve the need for a more secure and reliable domestic supply of helium to fulfill our Nation’s future needs. Read more about the legislation and tell us what you think, http://naturalresources.house.gov/news/docum...... read more
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    Today at 10AM, House Committee on Natural Resources will hold a hearing on the "Implementation and Administration of the 2013 Helium Stewardship Act." This law is a common sense plan to sell helium from the Federal Helium Reserve in a responsible manner to prevent a global shortage, protect jobs and the economy, and ensure a fairer return for taxpayers. This fall is the first scheduled Helium sale...... read more
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    Great infographic showing the American energy renaissance. American energy creates jobs, powers our factories, and keeps consumer goods affordable. Stunning Timelapse Map Shows 14 Years Of Fracking In The USwww.businessinsider.comDrillingInfo.com engineering research analyst Kevin Thuot has put together this stunning timelapse map showing the history of U.S. unconventional oil and gas.... read more
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    ICYMI: Fox News: "Fishing in Murkey Waters: The Administration's Secretive Oceans Policies Come Under Fire" Fishing in murky waters: the administration’s secretive oceans policies come under firewww.foxnews.comThe Obama administration is using its “phone and pen” method of governing by executive action to push its agenda and extend its powers in a huge new area: the Pacific Ocean.... read more
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