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    House Natural Resources Committee majority staff released a report today that questions the independence and accountability of the peer review process in recent Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing decisions. The report entitled, “Under the Microscope: An examination of the questionable science and lack of independent peer review in Endangered Species Act listing decisions” studies the federal government’s peer review process for 13 different ESA listing decisions made by the U.S. Fish & Wildlif...... read more
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    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) today praised the Senate for its bipartisan approval of the Carl Levin & Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015, which included a bipartisan agreement (Title 30) on provisions under the jurisdiction of the House Natural Resources Committee and the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee. The bill will now go to President Obama to be signed into law. “I commend my colleagues in the Senate ...... read more
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    The U.S. Senate today passed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015, which included a provision authored by House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) to establish a fair, predictable fee-setting system for families who own cabins in our National Forests. The bill will now be sent to the President to be signed into law. "After years of hard work to fix this problem, I’m pleased that this bill is now on its way to being signed into law. It puts a fair solution in plac...... read more
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    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement today after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5781, the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014, by a bipartisan vote of 230 to 182. This bill, sponsored by Reps. David G. Valadao (CA-21), Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), Ken Calvert (CA-42), Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), Tom McClintock (CA-04), and Devin Nunes (CA-22), would provide short-term, emergency relief to the drought that’s hurting California...... read more
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    EDITORIAL: Facts Support Passage of Drought Relief Legislation The Bee Editorial Board The Fresno Bee December 6, 2014 One of the oldest rules in politics is, when the facts are on your side, you cite the facts; when the facts aren’t on your side, you pound the table. Over the last few days, opponents of The California Emergency Drought Relief Act, which was introduced in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, have been yelling about water grabs, protesting the timing of the bill’s introductio...... read more
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    House Natural Resources Committee majority staff released a report today that questions the independence and accountability of the peer review process in recent Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing decisions. The report entitled, “Under the Microscope: An examination of the questionable science and lack of independent peer review in Endangered Species Act listing decisions” studies the federal gov...... read more
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    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) today praised the Senate for its bipartisan approval of the Carl Levin & Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015, which included a bipartisan agreement (Title 30) on provisions under the jurisdiction of the House Natural Resources Committee and the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee. Th...... read more
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    The U.S. Senate today passed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015, which included a provision authored by House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) to establish a fair, predictable fee-setting system for families who own cabins in our National Forests. The bill will now be sent to the President to be signed into law. "After years of hard work to fix this problem, I’...... read more
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    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement today after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5781, the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014, by a bipartisan vote of 230 to 182. This bill, sponsored by Reps. David G. Valadao (CA-21), Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), Ken Calvert (CA-42), Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), Tom McClintock (CA-04), and Devi...... read more
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    EDITORIAL: Facts Support Passage of Drought Relief Legislation The Bee Editorial Board The Fresno Bee December 6, 2014 One of the oldest rules in politics is, when the facts are on your side, you cite the facts; when the facts aren’t on your side, you pound the table. Over the last few days, opponents of The California Emergency Drought Relief Act, which was introduced in the House of Representati...... 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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    Members of the Washington State Congressional Delegation spoke on the House Floor to bid farewell to Rep. Doc Hastings (WA-04) who is retiring at the end of the 113th Congress.
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    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) addressed the House floor in support of H.R. 5781, the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014.
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    On Thursday, September 18, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) addressed the House floor in support of H.R. 2, the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act.
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    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings delivered the following statement on the House floor today in support of H.R. 4, the Jobs for America Act.
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    Oversight Hearing on "The Status of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Responses to Committee Subpoenas and the Continued Lack of Transparency about Its Implementation and Enforcement of American Wildlife Laws, and Oversight of the Department of the Interior’s Solicitor’s Office."
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    Legislative Hearing on:

    • H.R. 3099 ​(Jeff Miller), To provide for the development of a fishery management plan for the Gulf of Mexico red snapper, and for other purposes.

    Member Statements:

    The Honorable John Fleming 
    Chairman

    Witnesses and Testimony:

    PANEL I

    ​​The Honorable Jeff Miller
    Member of Congress
    1st District of Florida

    PANEL II

    Mr. Samuel D. Rauch III
    Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs
    National Marine Fisheries Service
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

    The Honorable Robert J. Barham
    Secretary
    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
    (Truth in Testimony Form)

    Mr. Christopher Blankenship
    Director
    Marine Resources Division
    Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
    (Truth in Testimony Form)

    PANEL III

    Mr. David A. Cresson
    President and CEO
    Louisiana Chapter of Coastal Conservation Association 
    (Truth in Testimony Form)

    Mr. Bob Gill
    Board Member
    Gulf Seafood Institute
    (Truth in Testimony Form)

    Captain Jim Green
    Vice President
    Destin Charter Boat Association 
    Gulf of Mexico Charter Fisherman
    (Truth in Testimony Form)

    Mr. Harlon Pearce 
    Owner
    Harlon's LA Fish
    Kenner, Louisiana
    (Truth in Testimony Form) 

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    Oversight Hearing on:

    • "Is the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge Being Properly Managed?"

    Member Statements:

    The Honorable John Fleming
    Chairman

    Witnesses and Testimony:

    Panel I:

    Mr. Kevin Foerster
    Regional Chief for the National Wildlife Refuge System in the Pacific Region
    United States Fish and Wildlife Service

    Mr. Chris Jordan
    Chris Jordan Photographic Arts
    (Truth in Testimony Form)

    Mr. Mike Daak
    Hilo, Hawaii

    Dr. James M. D'Angelo, USAF Retired
    Chairman
    International Midway Memorial Foundation
    (Truth in Testimony Form)

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    The Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge was established by Executive Order in 1988 and in 1999 it was designated by the Congress as a National Memorial to honor and remember the Battle of Midway. The Battle of Midway in June of 1942 was one of the most important battles of World War II and one of the most decisive naval battles in world history. 

    Since Congress designated the Memorial in 1999, the public has frequently been denied access. Witnesses at this hearing will offer testimony on the importance of allowing public access to this Memorial and give the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service the opportunity to explain why it has repeatedly been denying the public the opportunity to honor those who valiantly fought in the Battle of Midway.  
     

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    Oversight Hearing on:

    • "Volcano Hazards: Exploring the National Preparation and Response Strategy"

    Member Statements:

    The Honorable Doug Lamborn
    Chairman

    Witnesses and Testimony:

    Dr. Charles Mandeville 
    Volcano Hazards Program Coordinator
    U.S. Geological Survey

    Mr. Tom Drean
    Director and State Geologist 
    Wyoming State Geological Survey

    Mr. Gordon Ito
    Insurance Commissioner 
    State of Hawaii

    Dr. Shanaka de Silva
    Professor
    College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
    Oregon State University
    (Truth in Testimony Form)

    Mr. Darryl Oliveira (via video conference)
    Director
    Hawaii County Civil Defense 

    Background:

    This hearing will examine the current state of volcanic hazards in the United States and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Volcano Hazards Program that is designed to address these hazards, alert communities to pending eruptions, and mitigate devastating impacts to communities within the hazard zones. This hearing is especially timely in light of the  current encroachment of an active lava flow into a residential neighborhood in Hawaii.

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    Full Committee Markup on:

    • H.R. 1561 (Gardner),To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to make improvements to support facilities for National Historic Sites operated by the National Park Service, and for other purposes.
    • H.R. 1785 (Reichert), To establish the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area in the State of Washington, and for other purposes.  (Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area Act)
    • H.R. 4220 (Nolan), To authorize the exchange of certain Federal land and non-Federal land in the State of Minnesota.  (School District 318 Land Exchange Act)
    • H.R. 4668 (Young of Alaska), To provide for the retention and future use of certain land on Point Spencer in Alaska, to support the statutory missions and duties of the Coast Guard, to convey certain land on Point Spencer to the Bering Straits Native Corporation, to convey certain land on Point Spencer to the State of Alaska, and for other purposes.  (Point Spencer Coast Guard and Public-Private Sector Infrastructure Development Facilitation and Land Conveyance Act)
    • H.R. 4924 (Gosar), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to enter into the Big Sandy River-Planet Ranch Water Rights Settlement Agreement and the Hualapai Tribe Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Agreement, to provide for the lease of certain land located within Planet Ranch on the Bill Williams River in the State of Arizona to benefit the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program, and to provide for the settlement of specific water rights claims in the Bill Williams River watershed in the State of Arizona.  (Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2014)
    • H.R. 4979 (Thornberry), To provide legal certainty to property owners along the Red River in Texas, and for other purposes.  (Red River Private Property Protection Act)
    • H.R. 5086 (Fortenberry),To amend the National Trails System Act to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility of designating the Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail, and for other purposes.
    • H.R. 5176 (Lujan, Ben Ray), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to retire coal preference right lease applications for which the Secretary has made an affirmative commercial quantities determination, and for other purposes.
    • H.R. 5699 (Miller of California), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acquire approximately 44 acres of land in Martinez, California, and for other purposes.  (John Muir National Historic Site Expansion Act)

    Committee Action Summary:

    The Committee on Natural Resources met in open session on November 19, 2014, to consider the following bills:

    H.R. 1561 (Gardner), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to make improvements to support facilities for National Historic Sites operated by the National Park Service, and for other purposes.

    The Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 1561 by unanimous consent.

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

    H.R. 1785 (Reichert), To establish the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area in the State of Washington, and for other purposes. (Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area Act)

    The Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 1785 by unanimous consent.

    An amendment by Mr. Hastings of Washington.046 was AGREED TO by voice vote.

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

    H.R. 4220 (Nolan), To authorize the exchange of certain Federal land and non-Federal land in the State of Minnesota. (School District 318 Land Exchange Act)

    The Subcommittees on Energy and Mineral Resources and Public Lands and Environmental Regulation were discharged from further consideration of H.R. 4220 by unanimous consent.

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

    H.R. 4668 (Young of Alaska), To provide for the retention and future use of certain land on Point Spencer in Alaska, to support the statutory missions and duties of the Coast Guard, to convey certain land on Point Spencer to the Bering Straits Native Corporation, to convey certain land on Point Spencer to the State of Alaska, and for other purposes. (Point Spencer Coast Guard and Public-Private Sector Infrastructure Development Facilitation and Land Conveyance Act)

    The Subcommittees on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs and Public Lands and Environmental Regulation were discharged from further consideration of H.R. 4668 by unanimous consent.

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

    H.R. 4924 (Gosar), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to enter into the Big Sandy River-Planet Ranch Water Rights Settlement Agreement and the Hualapai Tribe Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Agreement, to provide for the lease of certain land located within Planet Ranch on the Bill Williams River in the State of Arizona to benefit the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program, and to provide for the settlement of specific water rights claims in the Bill Williams River watershed in the State of Arizona. (Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2014)

    The Subcommittee on Water and Power was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 4924 by unanimous consent.

    An Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute offered by Mr. Gosar.188 was AGREED TO by unanimous consent.

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

    H.R. 4979 (Thornberry), To provide legal certainty to property owners along the Red River in Texas, and for other purposes. (Red River Private Property Protection Act)

    The Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 4979 by unanimous consent.

    An amendment by Mr. Bishop of Utah.076, offered by Mr. Hastings of Washington, was AGREED TO by voice vote.

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

    H.R. 5086 (Fortenberry), To amend the National Trails System Act to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility of designating the Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail, and for other purposes.

    The Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 5086 by unanimous consent.

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

    H.R. 5176 (Lujan, Ben Ray), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to retire coal preference right lease applications for which the Secretary has made an affirmative commercial quantities determination, and for other purposes.

    The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 5176 by unanimous consent.

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

    H.R. 5699 (Miller of California), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acquire approximately 44 acres of land in Martinez, California, and for other purposes. (John Muir National Historic Site Expansion Act)  

    An amendment offered by Mr. DeFazio Amendment #1 was AGREED TO by unanimous consent.

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

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  • COMMITTEE ACTIVITIES | 09/19/2014

    Legislative Hearing on H.R. 4924

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    Legislative Hearing on:

    • H.R. 4924 (Gosar), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to enter into the Big Sandy River-Planet Ranch Water Rights Settlement Agreement and the Hualapai Tribe Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement
      Agreement, to provide for the lease of certain land located within Planet Ranch on the Bill Williams River in the State of Arizona to benefit the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program, and to provide for the settlement of specific water rights claims in the Bill Williams River watershed in the State of Arizona. “Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2014”

    Member Statements:

    The Honorable Tom McClintock
    Chairman

    Witnesses and Testimony:

    The Honorable Marietta J. Pagilawa
    Council Member
    Hualapai Tribe 
    Peach Springs, Arizona

    Mr. Francis McAllister
    Vice President of Land & Water
    Freeport Minerals Corporation
    Phoenix, Arizona
    (Truth in Testimony Form)

    Mr. Thomas Buschatzke
    Assistant Director
    Arizona Department of Water Resources
    Phoenix, Arizona
    (Truth in Testimony Form)

    The Honorable Michael Black
    Director
    Bureau of Indian Affairs
    Department of the Interior
    Washington, DC 

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    TRULY SCARY FACT #1: Energy production on federal lands is still faltering, despite a boom on private and state lands. The Obama administration admitted last month that an increase in domestic production will lower energy prices for consumers, yet their policies have not changed. SCARY FACT #2: The Obama admin is continuing a costly and unnecessary rewrite of a coal regulation that will result in ...... read more
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    For the 113th Congress, House Committee on Natural Resources was the most productive House committee with 38 bills and 1 resolution signed into law.Bills that have passed the 113th Congresswww.politico.comWhat, exactly, has the 113th Congress been up to for the past 22 months? While gridlock has held the headlines, the chambers did move 185 bills and resolutions to the president's desk. So, let's ...... read more
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    “U.S. output of crude, which makes up about two-thirds of the cost of gasoline, has surged to a 28-year high as drillers pull record volumes out of shale formations from North Dakota to Texas. “ The increase in production of oil and natural gas is only on state and private lands, the Obama administration continues to block production on federal lands. It is time to #unlockourenergy http://www.bloo...... read more
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    Today, President Obama’s announced the creation of a National Monument that will unilaterally designate almost half of the Angeles National forest as the San Gabriel National Monument amid local opposition and without public input. To read Chairman Doc Hastings' statement: http://naturalresources.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=397878 What do you think about the President's use of th...... read more
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