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  • Chairman Hastings' Statement on Markup of Magnuson-Stevens Legislation (H.R. 4742)
    Press Release
    May 29, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following opening statement (as prepared) at today’s Full Committee Markup of H.R. 4742, “Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act.” “The Committee will now be considering HR 4742, the Strengthe... More
  • Chairman Hastings Delivers Speech on the Magnuson-Stevens Act
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    Apr 24, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following speech today at the University of Washington, School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, Symposium on the Magnuson-Stevens Act: “Thank you for having me here today to discuss the Magnuson-Stevens Act and our current efforts in Congress t... More
  • Chairman Hastings Seeks Public Input on Draft Plan to Strengthen and Improve our Nation’s Fisheries
    Press Release
    Dec 19, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) today unveiled a draft proposal to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, which was last authorized by Congress in 2006 through fiscal year 2013. The draft proposal, H.R. ____ Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increas... More
  • Chairman Hastings Looks Ahead to 2014
    Press Release
    Dec 12, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following statement at today’s Full Committee hearing previewing several activities and focuses for next year: “Before proceeding with today’s hearing, there are several general announcements that I would like to make regarding Committee busi... More
  • Committee Passes Legislation to Help Protect Endangered Salmon Survival in the Pacific Northwest
    Press Release
    Nov 14, 2013 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 1308 the “Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act” by a vote of 22-16. This legislation is aimed at protecting endangered Columbia River salmon and other fish species from predation by California and Steller Sea Lions. The bill only addresses ... More
  • ICYMI: A look into Magnuson-Stevens with On the Record with Greta Van Susteren
    Blog
    Sep 16, 2013 -
    Last week, On the Record with Greta Van Susteren took a look at Northeastern fishermen whose businesses have been affected by the Magnuson-Stevens Act. On Wednesday, the House Natural Resources held a hearing on the "Re-authorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act" where witnesses calle... More
  • Witnesses Call for Increased Flexibility in the Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act
    Press Release
    Sep 11, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee held its fourth oversight hearing of the 113th Congress on the “Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.” This hearing examined potential reforms needed to make sure the law benefits both fish and fishermen. The Magnuson-Stevens Fisher... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Aug 2, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Associated Press – Matthew Daly: “Report: Wildlife agency ignored whistle-blowers” Tri-City Herald – Geoff Folsom: “Franklin County farmer testifies in Washington, D.C., to protect bladderpod” Capital Press – Tim Hearden: “Hastings bill aims to improve forest management, pre... More
  • Chairman Hastings Seeks Transparency on Report of Scientific Integrity Violations at Fish & Wildlife Service
    Press Release
    Jul 31, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) today sent a letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Dan Ashe seeking additional information following the Department of the Interior Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) Management Advisory, issued on July 11, 2013, regarding the FWS’s inac... More
  • Chairman Hastings Letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Ashe Seeking Additional Information on Report of Scientific Integrity Violations
    Letters
    Jul 31, 2013 -
    Dear Director Ashe: The Department of the Interior Office of Inspector General ("OIG") recently issued a Management Advisory regarding the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's ("Service") inaction on certain whistleblower complaints related to violations of the scientific integrity policy. Concerns have been raised that the ... More
  • E&E Daily: Subcommittee wrangles bills on 'escape artist' snakes, polar bears, Asian carp
    In Case You Missed It
    Jul 26, 2013 -
    A House Natural Resources subcommittee heard testimony yesterday on four bills on a variety of wildlife species -- one to lift restrictions on polar bear trophies, another to allow the export of certain protected snakes and two to combat an invasion of Asian carp. The Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Ins... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    May 31, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: The Hill – Zack Colman: “Senior House GOP lawmaker revives offshore drilling bill” Fuel Fix – Jennifer Hiller: “Texas leads nation in drilling activity – by a lot” Bloomberg: “California lawmakers turn down moratorium on fracking” New York Times –Jess Bidgood: “Massachusetts... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    May 30, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Politico Pro white board – Andrew Restuccia: “Hastings calls on Interior to preserve documents for probe” E&E – Phil Taylor: “Interior to launch energy safety institute” Fuel Fix – Jennifer A. Dlouhy: “Feds launch new offshore safety institute” Wall Street Journal OpEd– Tho... More
  • Chairman Hastings Letter to Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe Requesting Information and Documents on Migratory Birds
    Letters
    May 16, 2013 -
    Dear Director Ashe: The Committee on Natural Resources ("Committee") has broad jurisdiction over matters involving the Department of the Interior, energy development on federal lands, wildlife, and migratory birds. In order to better understand the Obama Administration's enforcement of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act ("M... More
  • Chairman Hastings Discusses Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization at Fisheries Conference
    Press Release
    May 7, 2013 -
    Today, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA -04) spoke at the third Managing Our Nation’s Fisheries Conference coordinated by the Regional Fishery Management Councils and hosted by the Pacific Fishery Management Council. During his remarks, Chairman Hastings discussed the reauthorization of the M... More
  • Chairman Hastings' Speech at the Pacific Fishery Management Council's Managing Our Nation's Fisheries Conference
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    May 7, 2013 -
    I want to thank Dr. McIsaac, the Regional Fishery Management Councils – in particular, the Pacific Council - and NOAA for hosting this conference. Pulling together a conference involving this many people who have an interest in fisheries management cannot be an easy task. I would like to welcome all of you here to Wash... More
  • House Committee on Natural Resources Now on Instagram
    Blog
    May 6, 2013 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources launched a profile on Instagram. It will feature behind-the-scenes photos of Committee events and hearings, as well as pictures of national parks, forests, American energy, rivers and lakes, fish and wildlife and many other topics under the Committee’s jurisdiction. To fo... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Apr 25, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Washington Examiner editorial: “Keystone obstructions show how environmental extremism hobbles the economy” UPI: “Keystone XL bill clears House committee” Tri-City Herald: “U.S. House committee approves B Reactor Park at Hanford” Salt Lake Tribune – Thomas Burr: “House pane... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Apr 18, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: The Hill – Julian Hattem: “House GOP: Obama regs slowing oil-and-gas development” Oil and Gas Journal – Nick Snow: “States best qualified to regulate oil, gas, House panel told” Associated Press – Julie Carr Smyth: “Official testifies on Ohio fracking oversight” Gloucester ... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Apr 10, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources News Morning Round-up: New York Times – Norimitsu Onishi: “Oyster Farm Caught Up in Pipeline Politics” AP – Jeff Barnard: “Feds recommend removing dams from Klamath River” BBC – Matt McGrath: “Fracking ‘not significant’ cause of large earthquakes” Bloomberg – Mark Drajem: “Natural Gas Resources S... More
  • Documents Requested on Interior Department’s Decision to Close Drakes Bay Oyster Company
    Press Release
    Apr 5, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA – 04) sent letters today to U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Department of the Interior Deputy Inspector General Mary Kendall seeking information about the Administration’s decision to not allow the continued operation of the Drakes Ba... More
  • Chairman Hastings Reintroduces Legislation to Keep Cabin Fees Fair and Affordable
    Press Release
    Mar 14, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) today introduced H.R. 1159, The Cabin Fee Act of 2013. The bill, which was passed by the House last year, would establish a fair, predictable fee-setting system for families who own cabins in our National Forests. Cabin owners have recently been faced with... More
  • Wall Street Journal Editorial: Fishing for Wildlife Lawsuits
    Blog
    Mar 11, 2013 -
    "The Interior Department's Fish and Wildlife Service has resurrected a Clinton-era tactic known as 'sue and settle.' With this strategy, outside green groups friendly to the Administration sue the government, demanding a particular regulatory action. The agency happily forswears court and sits down with the plaintiffs ... More
  • Mr. President, Where are the Jobs??
    Resourceful Information
    Jan 25, 2013 -
    As many media outlets have pointed out, the one issue most notably absent from President Obama’s inaugural address this week was jobs. With unemployment at 7.8 percent and the economy and jobs still topping the list of Americans’ greatest concerns, it’s baffling why the President chose not to mention this in his first ... More
  • FWS and NOAA Extend Comment Period on Proposed Revisions to Critical Habitat Economic Impact Analyses
    Press Release
    Oct 23, 2012 -
    Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) granted a request by House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) to extend the comment period of the FWS and NOAA Fisheries Proposed Revisions to Critical Habitat Economic Impact Analyses f... More
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