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    Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement on the agreement reached for consideration of the bipartisan Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015 (H.R. 2647), introduced by Rep. Westerman (R-AR), by the full House of Representatives the week of July 5, 2015. H.R. 2647 will be considered as part of a legislative package that includes amendments to the Stafford Act, enabling major wildfires on federal lands to become eligible for emergency declaration status, subject to certain criteria...... read more
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    Today, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Ranking Member Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) sent a letter to U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil Kornze raising concerns with the BLM’s implementation of the Helium Stewardship Act (HSA), which passed Congress on a bipartisan basis and was signed into law on October 2, 2013. “Congress carefully crafted the HSA in a bipartisan manner that would ensure competitive access for all stakeholders to the federal helium supply. However, we are concerned that t...... read more
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    Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court ruling on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standard. “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander with this White House. With absolute disregard for the consequences, the Obama Administration continues to selectively apply the law in order to force through its controversial agenda. The EPA has similarly ignored obligations it has to consider the eff...... read more
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    Today, the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs heard from witnesses representing all of Puerto Rico’s political parties during a hearing to review the relationship between the current economic crisis gripping the island and the unresolved issue of political status. “Changes to Puerto Rico’s political status will ultimately be made by its citizens, but this Committee has an obligation to monitor developments, especially given the significant economic challenges facing the is...... read more
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    The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations today held a hearing to review a report published yesterday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) that found the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is chronically mismanaging its bonding program for renewable energy projects. The report found that BLM systems for tracking bonds are unreliable and inconsistent; BLM does not adequately bond some rights-of-way; BLM does not consistently document how it makes bond amount decisions; and BLM’s...... read more
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    Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement on the agreement reached for consideration of the bipartisan Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015 (H.R. 2647), introduced by Rep. Westerman (R-AR), by the full House of Representatives the week of July 5, 2015. H.R. 2647 will be considered as part of a legislative package that includes amendments to the Stafford Act, enabling major wildfir...... read more
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    Today, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Ranking Member Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) sent a letter to U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil Kornze raising concerns with the BLM’s implementation of the Helium Stewardship Act (HSA), which passed Congress on a bipartisan basis and was signed into law on October 2, 2013. “Congress carefully crafted the HSA in a bipartisan manner that would ensure co...... read more
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    Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court ruling on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standard. “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander with this White House. With absolute disregard for the consequences, the Obama Administration continues to selectively apply the law in order to force th...... read more
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    Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued this statement following a decision by the U.S. District Court of Wyoming to grant a stay of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) hydraulic fracturing rule. As a result of the decision, compliance with BLM's rule, which was originally intended to go into effect on June 24th, has been delayed until early August. “This is a rule based...... read more
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    The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations today held a hearing to review a report published yesterday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) that found the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is chronically mismanaging its bonding program for renewable energy projects. The report found that BLM systems for tracking bonds are unreliable and inconsistent; BLM does not adequately bond ...... read more
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  • TWITTER | 07/04/2015

    Happy Independence Day! http://t.co/yccj409e8O

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  • TWITTER | 07/02/2015

    "Both sides agree that current efforts to combat catastrophic #wildfires are failing" -Rob Bishop on H.R. 2647 --> http://t.co/PUYpYrMGbU

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  • TWITTER | 07/01/2015

    Wildfires have burned more than 2.2 million acres this year and officially surpassed the average from the last decade http://t.co/ozeZWFuZ7d

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  • TWITTER | 06/29/2015

    Congratulations @RepMullin on the passage of H.R. 533, the Committee's first public law of the 114th Congress! https://t.co/mclubB1WM8

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  • TWITTER | 06/29/2015

    Bishop: Obama Administration’s selective application of the law must be stopped --> http://t.co/yE0gHNPojv #EPA http://t.co/GO5PGLktFE

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    On the 10th annual Endangered Species Day, we're taking a look back at all of the ways the Endangered Species Act is stuck in the 70s, as told by other things that happened (and are no longer relevant) in 1973. P.S. There's a bonus you won't want to miss. 1. It is not recovering species The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is supposed to prevent species from going extinct, but the results just aren’t ...... read more
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    1. Itchy Palms – According to the superstition, if the right hand itches, money is coming in, but if the left hand itches money is going out. The Administration's budget request for the U.S. Department of the Interior includes millions of new taxpayer dollars, so there will definitely be some cash flow. Tune in to see the federal government try to purchase even more federal lands, despite an exist...... read more
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    House Natural Resources Committee Accomplishments for the 113th Congress Click here to view ### ... read more
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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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    H.R. 2647, the “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015,” is a comprehensive bill aimed at expediting and improving forest management activities in federal forests. Following passage of H.R. 2647 on June 11, 2015 in the Committee on Natural Resources, the House Agriculture Committee on June 17, 2015, approved H.R. 2647. The bipartisan bill addresses disastrous consequences of catastrophic wildfire, insect and disease infestations, and other threats to our nation’s forests. It also seeks to return resilience to overgrown, fire-prone forested lands. At their hearing on June 17, 2015, the House Agriculture Committee approved H.R. 2647, the Resilient Federal Forests Act, a comprehensive bill aimed at expediting and improving forest management activities in federal forests. The bipartisan bill addresses disastrous consequences of catastrophic wildfire, insect and disease infestations, and other threats to our nation’s forests. It also seeks to return resilience to overgrown, fire-prone forested lands.
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    President Obama has made repeated calls for American energy independence, stating "Making sure we've got world-class infrastructure, that shouldn’t be a partisan issue. That’s an American issue. It's not a Republican or a Democratic issue." Learn more about building out America's energy infrastructure by clicking here:
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    Chairman Rob Bishop delivers a punny closing argument for H.R. 1335
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    Legislative Hearing on:

    • H.R. 2270 (Rep. Denny Heck), To redesignate the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, located in the State of Washington, as the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, to establish the Medicine Creek Treaty National Historic Site within the wildlife refuge, and for other purposes. “Billy Frank Jr. Tell Your Story Act”
    • Discussion draft of H.R. __ (Rep. Tom McClintock), To amend the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act to enhance recreational opportunities, environmental restoration activities, and forest management activities in the Lake Tahoe Basin, and for other purposes. “Lake Tahoe Restoration Act of 2015”

    Member Statements:

    The Honorable Tom McClintock 
    Chairman

    Witnesses and Testimony:

    PANEL I

    Witnesses will be by invitation only. A witness list will be posted here once it has been confirmed.

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    Full Committee Markup:

    • H.R. 487 (Rep. Markwayne Mullin), To allow the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma to lease or transfer certain lands.
    • Hearing Memo H.R. 487
    • H.R. 959 (Rep. Bennie Thompson), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the Medgar Evers House, located in Jackson, Mississippi, and for other purposes.  “Medgar Evers House Study Act”
    • Hearing Memo H.R. 959
    • H.R. 1554 (Rep. Scott Tipton), To require a land conveyance involving the Elkhorn Ranch and the White River National Forest in the State of Colorado, and for other purposes. “Elkhorn Ranch and White River National Forest Conveyance Act of 2015” 
    • ​Hearing Memo H.R. 1554
    • H.R. 1937 (Rep. Mark Amodei), To require the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to more efficiently develop domestic sources of the minerals and mineral materials of strategic and critical importance to United States economic and national security and manufacturing competitiveness. "National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2015" 
    • ​Hearing Memo H.R. 1937
    • H.R.1949 (Rep. G.K. Butterfield), To provide for the consideration and submission of site and design proposals for the National Liberty Memorial approved for establishment in the District of Columbia. “The National Liberty Memorial Clarification Act of 2015”
    • ​Hearing Memo H.R. 1949
    • H.R. 2223 (Rep. Doug Lamborn), To authorize, direct, expedite, and facilitate a land exchange in El Paso and Teller Counties, Colorado, and for other purposes. “Crags, Colorado Land Exchange Act of 2015” 
    • Hearing Memo H.R. 2223
    • H.R. 2791 (Rep. Peter DeFazio), To require that certain Federal lands be held in trust by the United States for the benefit of certain Indian tribes in Oregon, and for other purposes.  “Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act”
    • Hearing Memo H.R. 2791
    • H.R. 2898 (Rep. David Valadao), To provide drought relief in the State of California, and for other purposes.  “Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015”
    • Hearing Memo H.R. 2898
    • S. 501 (Sen. Tom Udall), To make technical corrections to the Navajo water rights settlement in the State of New Mexico, and for other purposes. “New Mexico Water Settlement Technical Corrections Act”
    • ​Hearing Memo S. 501

    Member Statements:

    The Honorable Rob Bishop
    Chairman

    Committee Action Summary:

    A summary will be posted at the conclusion of the markup.

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    Full Committee Markup:

    • H.R. 487 (Rep. Markwayne Mullin), To allow the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma to lease or transfer certain lands.
    • Hearing Memo H.R. 487
    • H.R. 959 (Rep. Bennie Thompson), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the Medgar Evers House, located in Jackson, Mississippi, and for other purposes.  “Medgar Evers House Study Act”
    • Hearing Memo H.R. 959
    • H.R. 1554 (Rep. Scott Tipton), To require a land conveyance involving the Elkhorn Ranch and the White River National Forest in the State of Colorado, and for other purposes. “Elkhorn Ranch and White River National Forest Conveyance Act of 2015” 
    • ​Hearing Memo H.R. 1554
    • H.R. 1937 (Rep. Mark Amodei), To require the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to more efficiently develop domestic sources of the minerals and mineral materials of strategic and critical importance to United States economic and national security and manufacturing competitiveness. "National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2015" 
    • ​Hearing Memo H.R. 1937
    • H.R.1949 (Rep. G.K. Butterfield), To provide for the consideration and submission of site and design proposals for the National Liberty Memorial approved for establishment in the District of Columbia. “The National Liberty Memorial Clarification Act of 2015”
    • ​Hearing Memo H.R. 1949
    • H.R. 2223 (Rep. Doug Lamborn), To authorize, direct, expedite, and facilitate a land exchange in El Paso and Teller Counties, Colorado, and for other purposes. “Crags, Colorado Land Exchange Act of 2015” 
    • Hearing Memo H.R. 2223
    • H.R. 2791 (Rep. Peter DeFazio), To require that certain Federal lands be held in trust by the United States for the benefit of certain Indian tribes in Oregon, and for other purposes.  “Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act”
    • Hearing Memo H.R. 2791
    • H.R. 2898 (Rep. David Valadao), To provide drought relief in the State of California, and for other purposes.  “Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015”
    • Hearing Memo H.R. 2898
    • S. 501 (Sen. Tom Udall), To make technical corrections to the Navajo water rights settlement in the State of New Mexico, and for other purposes. “New Mexico Water Settlement Technical Corrections Act”
    • ​Hearing Memo S. 501

    Member Statements:

    The Honorable Rob Bishop
    Chairman

    Committee Action Summary:

    A summary will be posted at the conclusion of the markup.

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    Oversight Hearing on:

    • "The Helium Stewardship Act and the Path Forward” 
    • Hearing Memo

    Member Statements:

    The Honorable Doug Lamborn
    Chairman

    Witnesses and Testimony:

    PANEL I

    Ms. Anne-Marie Fennell
    Director, Natural Resources and Environment Team
    U.S. Government Accountability Office
    Washington, DC

    Dr. William Halperin
    John Evans Professor of Physics Department of Physics
    Northwestern University
    Evanston, IL

    Mr. David Joyner
    President
    Air Liquide Helium America, Inc.
    Houston, TX

    Mr. Walter Nelson
    General Manager – Global Helium
    Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.
    Allentown, PA

    Mr. Tim Spisak
    Senior Advisor for Minerals and Realty Management
    Bureau of Land Management
    U.S. Department of the Interior
    Washington, DC

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    Legislative Hearing on:

    • H.R. 1937 (Amodei), To require the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to more efficiently develop domestic sources of the minerals and mineral materials of strategic and critical importance to United States economic and national security and manufacturing competitiveness. “National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2015”
    • Hearing Memo

    Member Statements:

    The Honorable Doug Lamborn
    Chairman

    Witnesses and Testimony:

    Panel I

    The Honorable Mark Amodei (R-NV)
    Member of Congress 

    Panel II

    Mr. Mark Fellows
    SNL Metals & Mining, Metals Consulting
    On behalf of the National Mining Association
    London, UK

    Mr. Luke Russell
    Vice President, External Affairs
    Hecla Mining Company
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    (Disclosure Form)

    Mr. Jeffery A. Green 
    President
    J.A. Green & Company
    Washington, D.C.

    Mr. Sam Kalen
    Winston S. Howard Distinguished Professor of Law
    Co-Director, Center for Law & Energy Resources in the Rockies
    University of Wyoming College of Law
    Laramie, WY
    (Disclosure Form)

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    In developing its Clean Air Act rules for power plants, it appears as though the Environmental Protection Agency completely ignored the Endangered Species Act. On June 15, the Committee sent a letter to the Agency asking why it “has not satisfied its obligations” under the law. Today is the last day for the EPA to respond to that letter and clarify its actions. COMMENT below with your best guess f...... read more
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    Happy Father's Day to Congressman Garret Graves and all fathers!... read more
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    Today the U.S. Forest Service officially announced its decision to withdraw its Proposed Directive on Groundwater Management. LIKE THIS POST to show your support for states and private water rights holders, who can have some peace of mind now that this policy is officially off the table! Learn more about the issue here: http://naturalresources.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398843... read more
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    STARTING NOW: Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs Legislative Hearing on H.R. 1157, H.R. 2386, H.R. 2538 ---> http://naturalresources.house.gov/live/... read more
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    This week, Chairman Rep. Rob Bishop and Senator Jim Inhofe, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency on its proposed Clean Air Act rules for power plants and failure to follow the Endangered Species Act. The Act clearly requires each federal agency to make sure they do not impact endangered and threatened species, or the...... read more
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