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  • Chairman Hastings: California Coastal National Monument Expansion Is Unnecessary Use of Presidential Powers
    Press Release
    Mar 11, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement on President Obama’s designation of the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands as a part of the Coastal California National Monument: “Instead of using imperial powers, the President should pick up the phone and call upon Senat... More
  • ICYMI: Chairman Hastings Discusses Obama Administration’s “Painful as Possible” Park Closures and the Need to Negotiate
    In Case You Missed It
    Oct 4, 2013 -
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  • BAD LANDLORD: National Park Service Forcing Privately Operated Sites to Close
    Press Release
    Oct 4, 2013 -
    This week the Obama Administration began erecting metal barricades to keep families, veterans, school groups and visitors out of popular open-air monuments in Washington D.C. such as the Lincoln Memorial, which did not happen during the last government shutdown, and the World War II Memorial. The U.S. Park Service has ... More
  • FLASHBACK: DC Memorials Open During Last Shutdown under Clinton
    Press Release
    Oct 4, 2013 -
    This week the Obama Administration began erecting steel barricades to keep veterans, families and visitors out of popular open-air monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial and World War II Memorial. Despite the fact that these are open-air sites that are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and are only st... More
  • Hastings on Helium Hypocrisy: Senate Should Act Today to Open our National Parks
    Floor Statements
    Oct 3, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following statement (as prepared for delivery) on the House floor calling on the Senate to act on common sense legislation to keep our National Parks open. “Mr. Speaker, yesterday the House passed and sent to the Senate a bipartisan bill to k... More
  • Obama Administration Closed Parks to WWII Veterans, but kept Open for Illegal Occupy Movement Camp
    Hot Air Alert
    Oct 2, 2013 -
    In an attempt to make the government shutdown as painful as possible, the Obama Administration yesterday chose to erect metal barricades around the World War II Memorial (an open air memorial that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) and stationed armed National Park Police to block World War II veterans from enteri... More
  • Hastings, Bishop Challenge Obama Administration Over Unnecessary and Arbitrary Closures of Open-air Parks and Monuments
    Press Release
    Oct 2, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) and Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) today sent a letter to National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis regarding the Obama Administration’s actions to restrict public access to the World War II Memor... More
  • Obama Administration Arbitrarily Choosing Which D.C. Monuments and Parks to Close Off to Veterans and Tourists
    Hot Air Alert
    Oct 2, 2013 -
    Yesterday, the Obama Administration began selectively erecting barricades to keep visitors, including large groups of World War II veterans, from visiting popular monuments such as the World War II Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the National Mall. However, the Obama Administration is applying this polic... More
  • Chairmen Hastings and Bishop Letter to Director Jarvis Regarding the Decision to Unnecessarily and Arbitrarily Close Open-air Parks and Monuments
    Letters
    Oct 2, 2013 -
    Dear Director Jarvis: Through this letter, the Committee on Natural Resources ("Committee") requests that the National Park Service ("Park Service") take steps as necessary to keep and not destroy documents related to the decision this week to restrict public access to the National World War II Memorial, the Lincoln Me... More
  • Chairman Hastings’ Statement on Resolution to Fund National Parks
    Press Release
    Oct 1, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings delivered the following statement (as prepared) on the House floor today in support of H.J.Res. __, Open Our National Parks and Museums Act: “Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong support of this legislation to fund National Parks. No one wanted a government shut do... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Jul 29, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: The Hill – Ben Geman: “GOP lawmaker warns Interior’s fracking rule could lead to cascade of new regs” Oregonian – Scott Learn: “Interior Department extends Chetco River gold mining withdrawal for five years” The Hill – Ben Geman: “Obama criticizes pro-Keystone pipeline jobs,... More
  • ICYMI – Protests Prompt Delay of Yosemite Overhaul Plan
    Blog
    Jul 12, 2013 -
    The National Park Service (NPS) is currently drafting a plan to determine the future of the Merced River in Yosemite National Park. Earlier this week, the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation heard from witnesses regarding this plan that could permanently remove several recreational amenities that... More
  • Witnesses Agree Closing Access to Yosemite a Public Disservice
    Press Release
    Jul 9, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation held an oversight hearing on the “Public Impact of Closing Amenities at Yosemite National Park.” The hearing examined the impact of the Merced River Plan on tourists, local economies and the environment. Yosemite National Park,... 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
  • 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 23, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Fuel Fix – Jennifer A. Dlouhy: “Republicans aim to overturn Obama’s plan for Alaskan oil” Associated Press – Matthew Daly: “House passes GOP bill to speed pipeline approval” Washington Post – Darryl Fears: “Frog, toad and salamander populations plummeting, U.S. survey finds”... 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 14, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Politico – Darren Goode: “Key natural gas rules may be in the pipeline” Associated Press – Dina Capiello: “Wind farms get pass on eagle deaths” Bloomberg: “Gasoline rises most in three months at U.S. pumps” Wall Street Journal – Ben Kesling: “The Few, the Proud, the Tortois... 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
    May 2, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Washington Examiner – Sean Higgins: “Feds triple estimates for recoverable natural gas in plains states” Fox News: “Park Service creating new monuments, landmarks despite sequester cutbacks” E&E - Phil Taylor: “Alaska refuses to repay Secure Rural Schools money” ABC – Alan ... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Apr 30, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: New York Times – John M. Broder: “New Interior Chief Savors a Steep Learning Curve” Oak Ridger – Donna Smith: “Manhattan Project Park bill moves on” Greenwire – Phil Taylor: “New House bill would allow Va. leasing, share revenues with states” The Hill – Julian Hattem: “Admi... 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
  • Committee Passes Bipartisan Bill to Establish Manhattan Project National Historical Park
    Press Release
    Apr 24, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee approved by unanimous consent H.R. 1208, a bipartisan bill introduced by Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04), Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) and Congressman Ben Lujan (NM-03) to establish a Manhattan Project National Historical Park that will include facil... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Apr 24, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: The Hill – Julian Hattem: “GOP criticizes EPA comments on Keystone XL path” Fuel Fix – Dan X. McGraw: “When is the price of gasoline too high?” Associated Press: “Sea otter population more than doubles in southeast Alaska” Associated Press – Kathryn Haake: “Lawmakers kill w... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Apr 15, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Los Angeles Times – Phil Willon: “Joshua Tree targeted by graffiti vandals using social media” The Philadelphia Inquirer – Sandy Bauers: "White-nose syndrome that kills bats continues to spread” Kansas City Star: “Will Obama establish 'Idaho's Yellowstone' as a national mon... More
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