• Subpoenas Issued for Documents on the Obama Administration’s Retroactive Cuts to Secure Rural School Payments
    Press Release
    Sep 4, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) today issued subpoenas to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for documents they have failed to produce as part of the Committee’s oversight into the Obama Administration’s decision to retroactively subject 2... More
  • Hastings, McClintock Continue to Seek Answers on the Interior Department’s National Blueways Order
    Press Release
    Aug 5, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) and Subcommittee on Water and Power Chairman Tom McClintock (CA-04) sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell highlighting the lack of transparency surrounding the National Blueways Program and seeking answers to critical questions that the O... More
  • Witnesses Tell the Obama Administration to STOP Costly & Job Destroying Coal Regulations
    Press Release
    Aug 2, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee held a legislative hearing on H.R. 2824, the Preventing Government Waste and Protecting Coal Mining Jobs in America Act, legislation to protect American jobs, save taxpayer dollars, and support U.S. energy production by stopping the Obama Administration from imposing coal... More
  • Witnesses & Members Agree on the Need for Transparency in Data Used for ESA Decisions
    Press Release
    Aug 1, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee held an oversight hearing on “Transparency and Sound Science Gone Extinct?:The Impacts of the Obama Administration's Closed-Door Settlements on Endangered Species and People.” The hearing examined the need for data transparency as it relates to federal decisions on implement... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Jul 31, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: The Hill – Ben Geman: “Obama taps Interior official for deputy secretary post” Associated Press: “Feds to lease mineral rights in Ohio forest” Associated Press: “3 Native American tribes seek funding for satellite voter registration, early voting stations” Associated Press:... More
  • Witnesses: Federal Land & Water Grabs Must STOP
    Press Release
    Jul 29, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power held a field hearing in West Plains, Missouri on “Stopping Federal Land and Water Grabs: Protecting Property Rights from Washington, DC Edicts.” The hearing examined the harmful effects of the Obama Administration’s National Blueways Order that imposes ... More
  • Johnson, Lamborn Introduce Legislation To Protect Jobs, Help Stop Obama Administration’s War on Coal
    Press Release
    Jul 25, 2013 -
    Representative Bill Johnson (OH-06) and Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee Chairman Doug Lamborn (CO-05) today introduced H.R. 2824, the Preventing Government Waste and Protecting Coal Mining Jobs in America Act. This legislation would protect American jobs, save taxpayer dollars, and support U.S. energy product... More
  • Video Release: Obama Administration Wastes Millions of Dollars on Flawed Rulemaking with No End in Sight
    Press Release
    Jul 24, 2013 -
    The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing yesterday on the status of the Obama Administration’s rewrite of a coal mining regulations, the Stream Buffer Zone Rule, and heard testimony from Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) Director Joseph ... More
  • Documents Requested in Continued Oversight of President Obama’s Executive Order on Ocean Zoning
    Press Release
    Jul 19, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) sent five letters to Obama Administration agencies and departments requesting similar information on the development, legal authority, activities, staffing, and funding of President Obama’s National Ocean Policy and mandatory ocean zoning initiative. The l... More
  • Blueways Under Fire
    Press Release
    Jul 17, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power held an oversight hearing on “A Washington, DC- Based Bureaucratic Invention with Potential Water Conservation and Property Rights Impacts: The National Blueways Order.” This hearing highlighted current and potential problems with the National Blueways ... More
  • Chairman Hastings Seeks Further Information on Interior Department's National Blueways Order
    Press Release
    Jun 28, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) today sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell seeking further information about the implementation of the National Blueways Secretarial Order. Signed by Secretary Salazar in 2012, this Order establishes a National Blueways System and gives ... More
  • Committee Approves Legislation Addressing Concerns with the Troubled Eisenhower Memorial
    Press Release
    Jun 12, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee approved H.R. 1126, the Dwight. D. Eisenhower Memorial Completion Act, by voice vote. This legislation, sponsored by Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01), seeks to build consensus around a new Eisenhower Memorial by implementi... More
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Completion Act (H.R. 1126)
    Committee Votes
    Jun 12, 2013 -
    Reporting H.R. 1126 Out of Committee (Passed by Voice Vote) This bill seeks to build consensus around a new Eisenhower Memorial by implementing a new design competition and providing a three year extension of the memorial site designation, which is set to expire this year. Bishop #1 – Memorial Commission Appointment (A... More
  • Letter to Secretary Jewell Regarding the Blueways Order
    Letters
    Jun 10, 2013 -
    Dear Secretary Jewell, We are concerned by the continuing lack of transparency and public process in your Department's implementation of Secretarial Order 3321 (Order), which claims the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to designate entire river watersheds as "National Blueways." We believe this Order is funda... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Jun 6, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Fuel Fix – Jennifer A. Dlouhy: “Offshore drilling proponents launch new push on Capitol Hill” Oil and Gas Journal – Paula Dittrick: “API cites growing support for opening areas to offshore drilling” Cape Cod Times – Mary Ann Bragg: “NOAA to make reduced ship speeds permanen... More
  • What's Behind the Gibson Guitar Raids
    Blog
    May 30, 2013 -
    Yesterday, the CEO of Gibson Guitar Company, Henry Juszkiewicz, joined Fox and Friends on the Fox News Channel to explain the motivation behind the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s two raids on Gibson Guitar Company. In one raid on August 24, 2011, federal agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the Department of Homelan... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    May 29, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: The Hill – Zack Colman: “Rep. Hastings to Interior: Don't destroy documents” Fox News video – Fox and Friends: “Gibson Guitar CEO on Fox & Friends Explains Fish & Wildlife Service Raid” The Hill – Ben Geman: “Interior faces pressure to slow down fracking rule” Seattle Times ... More
  • Chairman Hastings: 30 Days to Review Final Hydro-Fracking Rule is Unacceptable
    Press Release
    May 24, 2013 -
    Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement today calling on the Obama Administration to allow more time to review and comment on its final rule on hydraulic fracturing. “Since the Obama Administration has now released its final proposed rule on hydraulic fracturing, the c... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    May 22, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: The Hill – Ben Geman: “Lawmakers press Interior to slow down on fracking rules” Fuel Fix – Jennifer A. Dlouhy: “Unlikely alliance: Political foes plea for more time on fracturing rule” The Hill – Zack Colman: “White House threatens veto of Keystone bill” Fuel Fix – David R.... More
  • Utah Governor Herbert Emphasizes Success of Western States in Land Management
    Press Release
    May 21, 2013 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation held an oversight hearing featuring testimony by Utah Governor Gary Herbert, Chairman of the Western Governors’ Association. The hearing highlighted the challenges of western states regarding federal and state land management. At the hearing, Members ... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    May 21, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Wall Street Journal – Kim Murphy: “Alaska governor launches bid to measure oil in Arctic refuge” Joplin Globe – Andy Ostmeyer: “Federal agency proposes adding two Missouri mussels to endangered species list” Washington Examiner editorial: “Do 'Right by Ike' with scaled-down ... More
  • Chairman Hastings and Ranking Member Markey Letter to Secretary Jewell Requesting Additional Time to Review and Comment on Interior's Final Hydraulic Fracturing Rule
    Letters
    May 21, 2013 -
    Last week, the Department of the Interior released the most recent iteration of a rule to regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal lands. As part of the rulemaking, the Department of the Interior has proposed to provide 30 days for public comment on this revised draft rule. We jointly believe that this timef... More
  • Chairman Hastings Letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mathews Burwell Requesting Documents on the Decision-making Process for the Retroactive Cuts to Secure Rural School Payments
    Letters
    May 20, 2013 -
    Dear Director Matthews Burwell: In March 2013, the Forest Service ("Service") began demanding states return $17.9 million they had received - and in many cases already spent - under the Secure Rural Schools Program ("SRS"). Congress has authorized this money to help pay for schools and services in areas where environme... More
  • Documents Sought on High Costs Associated with Eisenhower Memorial Gehry Design
    Press Release
    May 17, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) and Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) sent letters to the National Park Service, General Services Administration, and Eisenhower Memorial Commission seeking information about the activities and costs asso... More
  • Chairman Hastings Letter to General Services Administration Acting Administrator Tangherlini Seeking Documents on the Eisenhower Memorial Gehry Design
    Letters
    May 17, 2013 -
    Dear Mr. Tangherlini: The Eisenhower Memorial Commission ("Commission") was created in 1999 and charged with "memorializing Dwight D. Eisenhower as the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe in World War II and as the 34th President of the United States." While there is significant cost associated with the de... More
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