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  • Bishop: OPEC and Russia Applaud the President’s Methane Announcement
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    Mar 10, 2016 -
    Today, during a joint news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Obama announced plans to develop federal methane regulations on existing domestic energy sources. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “If OPEC and Russia want to succeed in their war against American ener... More
  • Overdue Grizzly Delisting Highlights ESA Failures
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    Mar 4, 2016 -
    Yesterday, the Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to delist the grizzly bear population in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, encompassing portions of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. This population of grizzly bear is currently listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Delisting the species will allow... More
  • Chairman Bishop Introduces Bill To Encourage Private Investment for National Park Service
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    Mar 3, 2016 -
    To celebrate our National Park’s Centennial, today, Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced H.R. 4680, the “National Park Service Centennial Act.” The bill will prepare National Parks for a second century by maximizing private donations and establishing a National Park Foundation endowment. Chairman Bishop issu... More
  • DOI Agencies Under Fire for Rampant Energy Regulation, Killing Jobs
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    Mar 2, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources questioned witnesses from the three major federal agencies on the President’s 2017 budget and the Administration’s overly-prescriptive federal regulations. The panel included representatives from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the Bureau of Safety a... More
  • WSJ: Downstream From a Slippery EPA
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    Mar 1, 2016 -
    BY: Ryan Flynn The bright yellow water that gushed from Colorado’s Gold King mine and into the Animas River last summer has dissipated, but the environmental disaster continues downstream. An estimated 880,000 pounds of lead and other metals poured out of the Gold King in August when the Environmental Protection Agency... More
  • Members Blast DOI Budget Failures, Lack of Transparency and Regulatory Excesses
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    Mar 1, 2016 -
    Today, Members of the Committee from both sides of the aisle raised numerous concerns about the President’s 2017 fiscal year budget proposal for the Department of the Interior (DOI) during an oversight hearing with DOI Secretary Sally Jewell. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “I am pleased that... More
  • Task Force on Reducing Regulatory Burdens Releases Mission Statement
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    Mar 1, 2016 -
    In advance of their first idea forum today, the chairs of the Task Force on Reducing Regulatory Burdens released their mission statement. This mission statement, laying out the goals of the task force, marks the next step in the development of a bold, pro-growth agenda that Republicans will present to the country in th... More
  • House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Enhance Access to Federal Lands for Outdoor Sporting Activities
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    Feb 26, 2016 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 2406, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (SHARE Act), with a bipartisan vote of 242-161. “We’re seeing abusive federal restrictions for anglers and hunters on federal lands. Close to a million acres once used for target shooting are now padlocked to taxpayers due to u... More
  • Department of the Treasury: Strong Oversight Board is the Only Path to Address Puerto Rico’s Crisis
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    Feb 25, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight hearing to review the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s analysis of the Puerto Rico situation and the Obama Administration’s plan to address the crisis. Counselor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury Antonio Weiss delivered testimony o... More
  • Flint Michigan of The San Joaquin Valley
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    Feb 24, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans held a hearing to review federal regulations exacerbating California’s drought crisis even while El Niño is providing significant precipitation for the region. “I’ve watched what’s happening in Flint, Michigan and the outrage with the government action that put the po... More
  • Agencies Questioned on Impacts of Obama Administration’s New Environmental Mitigation Regulations
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    Feb 24, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held an oversight hearing to review the Presidential Memoranda on mitigation issued on November 3rd, 2015 to five federal agencies. The memoranda creates sweeping new statutory authority and new requirements that agencies must use when evaluating and approving pro... More
  • Task Force on Restoring Constitutional Authority Releases Mission Statement
    Press Release
    Feb 24, 2016 -
    In advance of their first idea forum today, the chairs of the Task Force on Restoring Constitutional Authority released their mission statement. This mission statement, laying out the goals of the task force, marks the next step in the development of a bold, pro-growth agenda that Republicans will present to the countr... More
  • Committee Issues Subpoenas on Gold King Documents
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    Feb 18, 2016 -
    Yesterday evening, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued subpoenas to the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for documents related to the USACE’s peer review of DOI’s Technical Evaluation of the August 2015 Gold King Mine spill. Republican... More
  • Wall Street Journal: An Animas River Accounting
    In Case You Missed It
    Feb 17, 2016 -
    If a private company dumped three million gallons of toxic sludge into Colorado waterways, we’d be flooded with daily media updates for months. Yet the press has by now forgotten the disaster unleashed in August when EPA contractors punctured an abandoned mine. New evidence suggests the government isn’t coming clean ab... More
  • Bishop: President Ignores Legislative Process in Another Round of Unilateral Monument Designations
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    Feb 12, 2016 -
    Today, President Obama unilaterally designated three new national monuments in the California desert: Sand to Snow National Monument, Mojave Trails National Monument, and Castle Mountains National Monument. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “This is presidential bullying. The intent of the Anti... More
  • Investigative Report on EPA’s Gold King Mine Blowout Released by House Committee on Natural Resources Majority Staff
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    Feb 11, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources released a Majority staff report detailing information uncovered during the Committee’s ongoing investigation of the EPA’s Gold King Mine blowout near Silverton, Colorado in August 2015. The 73-page report documents the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and the Depa... More
  • Bishop: President Obama’s Unilateral Anti-Energy Agenda Will Ultimately be Gutted by the Courts
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    Feb 10, 2016 -
    Yesterday, the Supreme Court stayed the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan in a 5-4 decision. Chairman Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “Much of the President’s unilateral agenda, including efforts to stomp out coal without going through Congress, will ultimately be gutted by the courts. “This ruling ... More
  • Panel Discusses Federal Conflicts Involving Fisheries Predation, Negative Impacts on Drought Mitigation
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    Feb 10, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held an oversight hearing titled, “The Costly Impacts of Predation and Conflicting Federal Statues on Nature and Endangered Fish Species.” The panel outlined how conflicting federal laws encourage predation of fish species listed under the federal Endangered Species Ac... More
  • Bishop: President’s Budget Stubs Out Hardworking Americans
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    Feb 9, 2016 -
    Today, the Obama Administration released its budget proposal for the 2017 fiscal year. Chairman Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “To defend this budget would require spin with dexterity that only a Las Vegas contortionist can accomplish,” Bishop said. On Energy: “President Obama stubs out the last bit of l... More
  • New York Times: Officials Warn Congress of Major Defaults Without Restructuring
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    Feb 6, 2016 -
    Puerto Rico and its top advisers made their case in Washington on Friday for a law that would allow broad restructuring of the island’s multibillion-dollar debt, saying that if Congress did not act soon, major defaults were likely this spring. The officials also said they knew that any legislative help would come at a ... More
  • Bishop: FWS Mimics EPA Tactics in Expansive Critical Habitat Proposal
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    Feb 5, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service announced the finalization of a new policy for defining and designating critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act. Chairman Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “Just like we saw with WOTUS, this is another power grab. ... More
  • Committee Advances Bipartisan “National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Act”
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    Feb 3, 2016 -
    Today, the Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 3036 (Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-NJ), the “National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Act,” legislation designating the National September 11 Memorial located at the World Trade Center site in New York City, New York, as a national memorial. The legislation passed ... More
  • New York Times: How Free Electricity Helped Dig $9 Billion Hole in Puerto Rico
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    Feb 2, 2016 -
    To understand how Puerto Rico’s power authority has piled up $9 billion in debt, one need only visit this bustling city on the northwest coast. Twenty years ago, it was just another town with dwindling finances. Then, it went on a development spree, thanks to a generous —some might say ill-considered — gift from the Pu... More
  • Panel Outlines Options for Responsible Path Forward on Puerto Rico
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    Feb 2, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs held an oversight hearing to further examine possible solutions to the Puerto Rican debt crisis and avenues for the Commonwealth to achieve improved fiscal management and long-term sustainability. The panel discussed concepts surrounding the establish... More
  • Bishop: Fiscal and Energy Solutions for Puerto Rico Needed for Long-Term Solvency and Growth
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    Feb 1, 2016 -
    Today, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) held a conference call to discuss oversight efforts on Puerto Rico and the Committee’s path forward to developing responsible solutions to the island’s economic crisis. “As long as Puerto Rico and its state-owned entities continue to lose money and run deficits, debt restructuring alon... More

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