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  • Bishop Requests Information from Departments on Federal Land Grabs Through LWCF
    Press Release
    Oct 7, 2015 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) sent a letter to U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting information about federal agencies recent land acquisitions and stewardship of existing federal lands. Th... More
  • GRAPHIC: The Native American Energy Act
    Press Release
    Oct 7, 2015 -
    Tomorrow, the House will consider H.R. 538 – “The Native American Energy Act.” Sponsored by Indian, Insular & Alaska Native Affairs Subcommittee Chairman Don Young (R-AK), the legislation addresses the federal government’s overregulation of Indian lands, which has hindered Indian tribes and Alaska Native Corporations f... More
  • Four Governors: Federal Overreach Causing Major Problems in the West
    Press Release
    Sep 30, 2015 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight hearing with four Western governors on “Respecting State Authority in Regards to Resource Management and Energy Development.” Governors Matt Mead (R-WY), Steve Bullock (D-MT), Dennis Daugaard (R-SD), and Gary Herbert (R-UT) all expressed major concerns a... More
  • Bishop Responds to Federal District Court of Wyoming Decision to Halt BLM Hydraulic Fracturing Rule
    Press Release
    Sep 30, 2015 -
    Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) responded to the Federal District Court of Wyoming decision to uphold the preliminary injunction on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) hydraulic fracturing rule, which stated that, “Congress has not authorized or delegated to the BLM authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing and, under ou... More
  • Committee Pushes Back on Potential Marine Monument Designations
    Press Release
    Sep 29, 2015 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held an oversight hearing on the designations of Marine National Monuments, which are unilateral executive actions that usurp established regional fisheries management plans and impose significant economic and environmental impacts regionally and nationwide. In particu... More
  • Bishop: Special Interests Will Not Prevent Congress from Modernizing LWCF, Protecting State and Local Recreational Access
    Press Release
    Sep 25, 2015 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) today issued the following statement on efforts to modernize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Act of 1965. “Both Republicans and Democrats support the original intent of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, but the program has drifted far from ... More
  • Bishop: Sage Grouse Decision Is De Facto Listing Aimed at Controlling the West
    Press Release
    Sep 22, 2015 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) today issued the following statement in response to the Obama Administration’s decision on the greater sage grouse. “Do not be fooled. The announcement not to list the sage grouse is a cynical ploy. With the stroke of a pen, the Obama Administration’s oppr... More
  • Chairman Bishop, Senator Daines, and Rep. Westerman Announce Press Call to Discuss Wildfire Legislation and Funding
    Press Release
    Sep 22, 2015 -
    On Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 4:00PM EST, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), and Representative Bruce Westerman (R-AR) will hold a press call to discuss catastrophic wildfire legislation and the Obama Administration’s recent request to Congress for wildfire suppression funding. Details are a... More
  • Resurrecting 'Eureka' in California
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    Sep 21, 2015 -
    OP-ED: Resurrecting 'Eureka' in California National Review Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) September 21, 2015 “Eureka!” (“I have found it.”) Coined for the discovery of gold that brought adventurers and entrepreneurs flocking to the elusive western border of our continent, California’s state motto has held true for genera... More
  • Bloomberg BNA: Wildfires May Spur FY 2016 Funding Changes While Leaving Policy Issues for Another Day
    In Case You Missed It
    Sep 18, 2015 -
    The severe fire season in western U.S. forests has intensified calls for funding changes so that the U.S. Forest Service does not have to borrow money from other accounts to finish out a fiscal year of wildfire suppression. The situation has revived the question of whether a solution can be accomplished through fiscal ... More
  • Bishop: “You violated the law. Period.”
    Press Release
    Sep 17, 2015 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a joint hearing with the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Animas River spill, which resulted in 3 million gallons of toxic water spilling into the Animas and San Juan Rivers from Colorado and into New Mexico,... More
  • AP: New Mexico official says EPA refused to share water data after toxic mine spill fouled rivers
    In Case You Missed It
    Sep 17, 2015 -
    Federal regulators refused to share water-quality data for weeks following a blowout of toxic wastewater from a Colorado mine that fouled rivers across the Southwest, a New Mexico official said Thursday. The move by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency aimed to downplay the severity of the spill, hobbling the stat... More
  • Bishop: Obama Administration’s Regulatory Agenda will Result in Virtual Moratorium on Gulf Offshore Energy Development
    Press Release
    Sep 15, 2015 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight hearing in New Orleans, LA, on the current state of offshore oil and gas activity in the Gulf of Mexico. The panel received testimony from U.S. Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), industry representatives, and the U.S. Department of the... More
  • Bishop Statement on Obama Administration’s Catastrophic Wildfire Request to Congress
    Press Release
    Sep 15, 2015 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) today issued the following statement in response to the Obama Administration’s request for Congress to change the way the nation pays for wildfire suppression. “Changing the way we pay for wildfire suppression is only one small part of a much more serious ... More
  • Washington Post: The Forest Service just had to divert another $250 million to fight wildfires
    In Case You Missed It
    Sep 15, 2015 -
    Top administration officials wrote Congress on Tuesday to urge it–once again–to change the way it budgets for firefighting in light of the disastrous wildfire season in the western U.S. The Agriculture Department just informed lawmakers this week that it will have to transfer $250 million to fighting the forest fires n... More
  • Bishop: ‘Native American Energy Act’ Corrects an Unjust Regulatory Scheme, is a Boon to Indian Country
    Press Release
    Sep 10, 2015 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a markup on a number of bills, including H.R. 538, the “Native American Energy Act” sponsored by Rep. Don Young (R-AK), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaskan Native Affairs. The legislation passed Committee by a vote of 23 to 12. Following passa... More
  • Committees Request Information from the Department of Interior on EPA’s Animas Spill Ahead of Joint Oversight Hearing
    Press Release
    Sep 4, 2015 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), and Vice Chairman of the Committee on Natural Resources Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior (DOI) Sally Jewell, requesting data and documents about t... More
  • Bishop: Judicial Decision on Lesser Prairie Chicken Reins in Fish and Wildlife Service
    Press Release
    Sep 2, 2015 -
    Yesterday, the U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas issued an order which vacates the Lesser Prairie Chicken listing under the Endangered Species Act, on the basis that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) did not apply the proper criteria for evaluating conservation efforts at the state level. House Comm... More
  • The Washington Post: The Blood-Stained Indian Child Welfare Act
    In Case You Missed It
    Sep 2, 2015 -
    “It is a sordid business, this divvying us up by race.” — Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Sordid, always. And sometimes lethal, as some Native American children could attest, were they not, like Declan Stewart and Laurynn Whiteshield, dead. They were victims of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), which as con... More
  • Committees Demand Answers on EPA’s Animas Spill Ahead of Joint Oversight Hearing
    Press Release
    Sep 1, 2015 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), and Vice Chairman of the Committee on Natural Resources Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, requesting data and do... More
  • Bishop: Climate Focus in Alaska Reveals Obama's Geopolitical Blinders
    Press Release
    Sep 1, 2015 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) today issued the following statement in response to the President’s trip to Alaska. “The United States takes over as head of the Arctic Council this year and the President’s trip shows he’s not ready for it. As Putin has shown no qualms about promoting Arc... More
  • Bishop: Obama Inserts Harmful Climate Agenda at Hurricane Katrina Anniversary
    Press Release
    Aug 27, 2015 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) today issued the following statement in response to the President’s remarks in New Orleans: “The White House has held fast to its mantra that a tragedy is a terrible thing to waste. Burning plenty of carbon-emitting fuel as Air Force One travels to New Orl... More
  • Bishop: Throwing Salt in the Wound In Latest Water Diversion Decision
    Press Release
    Aug 25, 2015 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in response to the Bureau of Reclamation’s latest announcement to flush Trinity River water towards non-listed fish species. “As California and the West are drying up, the Obama Administration has announced another unjustifie... More
  • Bishop: President Obama’s Energy Agenda is Powering Dependency
    Press Release
    Aug 24, 2015 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) today issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s remarks at the Eighth Annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada. “Once again, the President is deceptively touting his Administration’s agenda as necessary to expand affor... More
  • Bishop Responds to Tragic Deaths of Firefighters
    Press Release
    Aug 21, 2015 -
    Today, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) responded to the loss of the three firefighters who lost their lives fighting the Twisp River fire in Washington State this week: Tom Zbyszewski, 20, Andrew Zajac, 26, and Richard Wheeler, 31. This follows the deaths of David Ruhl, 38, and Michael Hallenback, 21, who died fighting two ... More

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