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  • Bipartisan WIIN Act Passes House
    Press Release
    Dec 8, 2016 -
    Today, the House passed the “Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act” (WIIN) by a vote of 360-61. Provisions from the House Committee on Natural Resources included in the bill will bring drought relief for California and the West, by expanding water storage and delivery, and bring forth long-term water res... More
  • WRDA Agreement Delivers for Drought-Stricken West
    Press Release
    Dec 5, 2016 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement on the Water Infrastructure Improvements Act for the Nation (WIIN) Act, a comprehensive water resources agreement set for consideration this week on the House: “This deal is a no-brainer. This is a big step forward for... More
  • Members Caution White House on Monument Designations Exacerbating Drought, Wildfire Threats
    Press Release
    Nov 1, 2016 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Subcommittee on Federal Lands Chairman Tom McClintock (R-CA), and Reps. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) and Greg Walden (R-OR) sent a letter to the White House about the consideration of national monument designations in California and Oregon that will exacerb... More
  • Administration More Interested in Destroying Dams than Generating Affordable Hydroelectricity
    Press Release
    Oct 19, 2016 -
    Yesterday, Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Sally Jewell urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve the destruction of four dams on the Klamath River in California and Oregon. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “The administration’s priorities are crystal clear when the ... More
  • Fishermen Need More Flexibility than NOAA Doles Out
    Press Release
    Oct 17, 2016 -
    Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced a new rule that will provide regional fishery management councils with more flexibility in catch limits. The rule is aligned with a provision in the Committee’s H.R. 1335 (Rep. Don Young, R-AK), the “Strengthening Fishing Communities and In... More
  • Bishop: Obama’s Monument Will Decimate Local Seafood Industry
    Press Release
    Sep 15, 2016 -
    Today, President Obama designated 4,913 square miles off the coast of New England as a new marine monument. This monument is expected to cause massive damage to the local seafood industry. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “This is another example of the President making a big decision without ... More
  • California Water Supply Under Threat by Conflicting Federal Agencies
    Press Release
    Jul 12, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held an oversight hearing on conflicting ideas between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) that could threaten portions of California’s water supply. NMFS proposed holding back water behind Shasta Dam through the su... More
  • House Passes Bill to Address Conflicting Federal Statutes that Exacerbate California Drought
    Press Release
    Jul 5, 2016 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 4582 (Rep. Jeff Denham, R-CA), the “Save Our Salmon Act,” by voice vote. The legislation will exclude striped bass from the fish doubling requirement and other provisions of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, eliminating the ongoing federal conflict between protecting striped bass ... More
  • Bishop: If the President Cared About the Will of the People He Would Reverse Course on WOTUS
    Press Release
    Jan 13, 2016 -
    Today, the House passed S.J. Res. 22, Congressional Disapproval of the “Waters of the United States” Rule. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “When 27 states object to an action of the President we know something is wrong. Waters of the United States is the President’s latest unilateral act to... More
  • Witnesses Critique Federal Land Acquisition through Land and Water Conservation Fund, Praise States’ Recreational Management
    Press Release
    Apr 15, 2015 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands held an oversight hearing titled, “Federal Land Acquisition and its Impacts on Communities and the Environment.” Witness testimony focused on the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act (LWCF) of 1965, which expires on September 30, 2015. Under the LWCF, fed... More
  • Forest Service Groundwater Directive: Proposed, On Hold, Stopped
    Press Release
    Apr 14, 2015 -
    Today, during delivered testimony before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans, the U.S. Forest Service Deputy Chief Leslie Weldon announced the decision to permanently withdraw the Proposed Directive on Groundwater Management (Groundwater Directive) that was put on the table last year. Ch... More
  • Chairman John Fleming Opening Statement at the Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans Oversight Hearing
    Press Release
    Apr 14, 2015 -
    Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans made the following opening statement at today's oversight hearing entitled "Proposed Federal Water Grabs and Their Potential Impacts on States, Water, and Power Users, and Landowners." Remarks as prepared - Today, the Subcommittee on Wate... More
  • Drought of Support for Obama Administration’s Water Agenda as Criticism Pours During Natural Resources Subcommittee Hearing
    Press Release
    Apr 14, 2015 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held an oversight hearing titled, “Proposed Federal Water Grabs and Their Potential Impacts on States, Water and Power Users, and Landowners.” Witnesses testified on a range of Administration policies and regulatory actions, including the Enviro... More
  • Committee Passes Legislation to Facilitate New and Expanded Water Storage Projects; Help Ease Western Drought Effects
    Press Release
    Sep 18, 2014 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee approved with bipartisan support three bills to address the nation’s critical need for new and expanded surface water storage projects. H.R. 3980, the Water Supply Permit Coordinating Act, H.R. 3981, the Accelerated Revenue, Repayment, and Surface Water Storage Enhancement A... More
  • 26 Northwest Lawmakers Highlight the Importance of the Columbia River Treaty
    Press Release
    Apr 15, 2014 -
    Today, all 26 lawmakers representing Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Idaho urged President Obama to make the future of the 1964 Columbia River Treaty a priority for 2014. In a letter led by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA), and House Natural Resources Committe... More
  • Chairman Hastings' Remarks at the Annual Meeting of the National Water Resources Association
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    Apr 2, 2014 -
    Today, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following prepared remarks at the National Water Resources Association Annual Meeting, highlighting hydropower as a clean, renewable energy resource; California water issues; and the need to update and improve the Endangered Species Ac... More
  • Obama Administration’s Budget Falls Short for Water Storage, Hydropower and Long-Term Drought Relief
    Press Release
    Mar 25, 2014 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power held an oversight hearing examining the spending priorities outlined in the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget request for the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), the Power Marketing Administrations (PMAs), and the U.S. Geological Survey’s Water progr... More
  • Video Release: Senate Must Act on Emergency California Drought Legislation
    Press Release
    Feb 7, 2014 -
    On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3964, the Sacramento - San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act, with a bipartisan vote of 229-191. This legislation, sponsored by the entire Republican California delegation, addresses the emergency drought in California by helping to restore some water sup... More
  • House Passes Emergency California Drought Legislation
    Press Release
    Feb 5, 2014 -
    Today, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 3964, the Sacramento - San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act, with a bipartisan vote of 229- 191. This legislation, sponsored by the entire Republican California delegation, addresses the emergency drought in California by restoring some water supplies to prov... More
  • Chairman Hastings: The People of San Joaquin Valley Can’t Wait Any Longer For Congress to Act
    Floor Statements
    Feb 5, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings delivered the following statement on the House floor today in support of H.R. 3964, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act. “Mr. Chairman, the House today is considering H.R. 3964, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery ... More
  • Current Drought Conditions Highlight Need for Water Storage Legislation to Provide Important Water Supplies
    Press Release
    Feb 5, 2014 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power held a legislative hearing on three proposals aimed at jumpstarting surface water storage development through the western United States. “In my central Washington state district, the Yakima Valley is a poster child for needing new surface storage. Conse... More
  • ICYMI: Fox News Highlights Need for California Drought Legislation
    Blog
    Feb 3, 2014 -
    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 dr... More
  • Hastings Statement on Final Recommendation on the Columbia River Treaty
    Press Release
    Dec 13, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement on the U.S. Entity’s final recommendation to the U.S. State Department regarding modifications to the Columbia River Treaty: “While I continue to have concerns about aspects of the recommendation related to ecosystem issues... 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
  • Chairman Hastings’ Statement at Conference Committee Meeting on WRRDA
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    Nov 20, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following opening statement today at the Conference Committee meeting on the Water Resources Reform & Development Act (WRRDA): “Thank you Madam Chairman. I’m pleased to be here as we open this conference committee on this important legislatio... More
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