• Hastings Announces Natural Resources Subcommittee Chairs
    Press Release
    Dec 29, 2010 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman-elect Doc Hastings (WA-04) today named subcommittee chairmen for the 112th Congress. He also announced the establishment a new Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs. Article I, Section 8, Clause 3 of the Constitution delegates to Congress the power to regulate trade... More
  • Hastings Selected as Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee
    Press Release
    Dec 8, 2010 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement after the Republican Conference selected him to serve as Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee in the 112th Congress: “I’m honored to have been selected as Chairman and will work hard with my Republican colleagu... More
  • Hastings Floor Statement on the Claims Resolution Act of 2010
    Floor Statements
    Nov 29, 2010 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following remarks on the House floor today regarding the Senate Amendments to HR 4783, Claims Resolution Act of 2010: “The process by which Congress conducts the American people’s business matters. For a long time, Beltway insiders clai... More
  • Hastings Outlines Natural Resources Committee Priorities
    Press Release
    Nov 3, 2010 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Doc Hastings (WA-04) outlined the following broad priorities for the Republican Majority on the Natural Resources Committee. Hastings is seeking to become Chairman of the Committee in the 112th Congress. “Now is the time for Republicans to get to work and prove that we h... More
  • Ranking Member Hastings' Floor Speech on the Indian Arts and Crafts Amendments Act
    Floor Statements
    Jul 21, 2010 -
    Madam Speaker, included in this legislation are a great many important anti-crime, anti-violence provisions that will assist and support Indian tribes across this country. There is considerable bipartisan support for what this bill aims to do, and yet it is being brought before the House using a process and procedure t... More
  • Hastings Statement Before the Rules Committee on Cobell Amendment
    Press Release
    May 24, 2010 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following statement (as prepared for delivery) before the Rules Committee regarding his amendment to improve the Cobell v. Salazar settlement agreement: “My amendment will improve the Cobell Settlement authorized in section 607 of H.R. ... More
  • Hastings to Introduce Amendment to “Tax Extenders Bill” to Improve Cobell Settlement
    Press Release
    May 24, 2010 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Doc Hastings (WA-04) will introduce an amendment today to fix and improve the proposed Cobell v. Salazar settlement agreement included in the Democrats’ tax extender package (H.R. 4213). Hastings’ amendment will include five improvements to benefit individual Indians aff... More
  • Hastings Sends Letter To Plaintiff Lawyer on Attorney Fees in Proposed Cobell v. Salazar Settlement
    Press Release
    May 13, 2010 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Doc Hastings (WA-04) sent a letter today to Dennis Gingold, a plaintiff attorney in the Cobell v. Salazar settlement agreement, regarding statements made in the news media that the proposed settlement will be terminated if Congress does not approve the agreement by May 2... More
  • Ranking Member Hastings’ Opening Statement at Committee Hearing on Proposed Cobell Settlement
    Press Release
    Mar 10, 2010 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following opening statement at today’s full committee hearing on “The Proposed Settlement of the Cobell v. Salazar Litigation”: “I want to thank Chairman Rahall for scheduling this hearing on the Cobell v. Salazar Settlement Agreement. ... More
  • Wall Street Journal Editorial: Hawaiian Secession
    In Case You Missed It
    Mar 1, 2010 -
    Hawaiian Secession 2/27/2010 Wall Street Journal Editorial As farewell presents go, few lawmakers get to redistribute an entire state's wealth based on race. That was the send-off for Representative Neil Abercrombie, who is retiring this week to run for Governor of Hawaii. For his campaign literature, he'll take the N... More
  • Rep. Hastings Letter to Attorney General Holder and Secretary Salazar Requesting Additional Information on Cobell vs. Salazar Settlement
    Letters
    Feb 24, 2010 -
    Rep. Hastings Letter to Attorney General Holder and Secretary Salazar Requesting Additional Information on Cobell vs. Salazar Settlement More
  • Hastings Floor Statement on Native Hawaiian Recognition Bill
    Floor Statements
    Feb 23, 2010 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following floor statement (as prepared for delivery) on H.R. 2314, the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009: Click here to watch the video “Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to H.R. 2314 and the Substitute text sponsore... More
  • Ranking Member Hastings' Op-Ed on The Daily Caller: Hawaiians deserve to vote, not just Congress
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    Feb 23, 2010 -
    Hawaiians deserve to vote, not just Congress By Rep. Doc Hastings The Daily Caller February 23, 2010 In March, 1959, Congress passed and with the stroke of a pen President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law, the Hawaii Admission Act, which pending approval of the Hawaiian residents, designated Hawaii as America’s 50t... More
  • People of Hawaii Deserve a Vote on Dividing Their State by Race
    Blog
    Feb 23, 2010 -
    Ranking Republican Doc Hastings (R-WA) In March, 1959, Congress passed and with the stroke of a pen President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law, the Hawaii Admission Act, which pending approval of the Hawaiian residents, designated Hawaii as America's 50th state. On June 27 of the same year, 94.3 percent of Hawaiia... More
  • Fundamental Changes in Final Text of Native Hawaiian Bill
    Resourceful Information
    Feb 23, 2010 -
    Today, the House of Representatives will vote on the final rewritten text (Abercrombie substitute) of the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009. This latest version, written in secret without Committee review or markup, contains fundamental changes from the bill that was first introduced in the 111th Co... More
  • National Review Online: Trouble in Paradise: Why the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act deserves to fail
    In Case You Missed It
    Feb 23, 2010 -
    Trouble in Paradise: Why the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act deserves to fail February 23, 2010 National Review Duncan Currie Amid much wrangling over the economy, a bipartisan debt panel, and President Obama’s health-care summit, Congress has chosen this moment to tackle . . . Native Hawaiian sovereignt... More
  • Hawaii Governor Expresses Opposition to Latest Version of Native Hawaiian Recognition Bill
    Press Release
    Feb 23, 2010 -
    Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle has announced that she cannot support the rewrite (Abercrombie substitute) of the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009 (Akaka bill) that is scheduled to be voted on today by the full House. Despite being a longtime, vocal supporter of Native Hawaiian recognition, Governor L... More
  • Support the Hastings of Washington Amendment to the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act
    Dear Colleagues
    Feb 23, 2010 -
    Support the Hastings of Washington Amendment to Require a Statewide Vote on Creating a Separate Native Government in Hawaii Dear Colleague: In 1959, a vote was taken in Hawaii on the question of becoming a state. Over 94 percent voted in favor of statehood. Hawaii voted overwhelmingly to join our union as one unified s... More
  • Rewrite of Native Hawaiian Bill Contains Potential Gaming Loophole
    Press Release
    Feb 22, 2010 -
    With the final rewritten text (Abercrombie substitute) of H.R. 2314, the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009, being provided to members of the U.S. House of Representatives with less than 24 hours before a formal vote may be called, analysis of its provisions are ongoing. A review of two sections of t... More
  • Native Hawaiian Recognition Bill Creates Unconstitutional Race-Based Government
    Press Release
    Feb 22, 2010 -
    This week, the House will consider the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009 (H.R. 2314), which creates a separate, race-based government specifically for Native Hawaiians. This divisive legislation would allow this new government entity to be exempt from state taxes, set their own civil and possibly cr... More
  • Democrats Unveil Yet Another Rewrite of Native Hawaiian Recognition Bill
    Press Release
    Feb 22, 2010 -
    A day before the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009, House Democrats have released yet another eleventh hour version of the bill. Even though the House Rules Committee will take up this bill tonight at 5 pm and the full House may vote on the bill as... More
  • Native Hawaiian bill fundamentally changed from 110th version
    Dear Colleagues
    Feb 22, 2010 -
    February 22, 2010 House to vote on rewritten Native Hawaiian Recognition Bill Text is “fundamentally changed” from last Congress Dear Colleague: This week the Democrat Leadership is bringing H.R. 2314 to the Floor, a bill to extend tribal recognition to a Native Hawaiian “governing entity.” In the 110th Congress, a pre... More
  • Republican Views on H.R. 2314, the "Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act"
    Committee Reports
    Feb 22, 2010 -
    Republican Views on H.R. 2314, the "Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act" More
  • Latest Rewrite of Native Hawaiian Recognition Bill Now Available
    Press Release
    Feb 19, 2010 -
    After House and Senate Committees approved two different versions of the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009 (Akaka bill) last December, House Democrats have now released another rewritten version of this bill. The House is expected to vote on the latest altered text next week. Click here to read the ... More
  • House Expected to Vote Next Week on Native Hawaiian Recognition Bill
    Press Release
    Feb 18, 2010 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement today regarding next week’s possible floor consideration of an unknown version of the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009: “Once again the Democrat majority is writing bills behind closed doors witho... More
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