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  • Federal Land Managers Intimidation, Bullying Threaten Citizens Rights, Create a Hostile Environment
    Press Release
    Jul 24, 2014 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulations held an oversight hearing on “Threats, Intimidation and Bullying by Federal Land Managing Agencies.” This hearing continued Committee oversight into bullying by federal land management agencies and federal law enforcement agencies on private, state, ... More
  • Witnesses Stress the Importance of Domestic Critical Minerals And Metals Production
    Press Release
    Jul 23, 2014 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on “American Metals and Mineral Security: An Examination of the Domestic Critical Minerals Supply and Demand Chain.” This hearing examined the vital role that critical minerals and metals play in American manufactu... More
  • Members Request Ag Department Report on Cost & Feasibility of Lesser Prairie Chicken Conservation Measures
    Press Release
    Jul 21, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04), House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (OK-03), and 11 Members of Congress recently sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack asking for a copy of a report, as required by law, on the cost and effectiveness of the Department’s conser... More
  • Hastings: Must Ensure Seismic Exploration in the Atlantic is Not Further Delayed
    Press Release
    Jul 18, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement regarding the Record of Decision (ROD) issued today by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) on the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for seismic exploration in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS): “... More
  • Hearing Examines Ways to Better Implement The Helium Stewardship Act
    Press Release
    Jul 15, 2014 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on the “Implementation and Administration of the 2013 Helium Stewardship Act.” This hearing examined what steps are being taken to comply with H.R. 527, the Helium Stewardship Act that was signed into law, Public L... More
  • Letter: Senate Action Needed to Renew Commitment to Active Management of Federal Forests
    Press Release
    Jul 11, 2014 -
    Today, 29 Members of Congress sent a letter underscoring support for House-passed active forest management legislation, H.R. 1526, the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act. In the letter, the Members stress the need for Senate action to keep all of our Nation’s forests healthy. “Last fall, the House pa... More
  • Chairman Hastings’ Statement on Senate-Passed Natural Resources Bills
    Press Release
    Jul 10, 2014 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04), released the following statement on the Senate’s passage of 16 natural resources bills last night: “I applaud the Senate’s bipartisan action to pass sixteen bills under the jurisdiction of the House Natural Resources Committee. This is a positive sign ... More
  • Bipartisan Western Governors Urge Endangered Species Act Reform and Transparency
    Press Release
    Jul 3, 2014 -
    In a recent letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Governors John Hickenlooper (D-Colorado) and Brian Sandoval (R-Nevada) expressed encouragement regarding the House of Representatives’ efforts to improve and update the Endangered Species Act (ESA), as evidenced most recently by the Hous... More
  • House Approves Bill to Lower Gasoline Prices and Create over One Million New American Jobs
    Press Release
    Jun 26, 2014 -
    Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4899, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act, with a bipartisan vote of 229-185. This legislation would help ease the pain at the pump for American families and businesses by expanding production of American energy resources. “Right now, American f... More
  • Hastings: Four-Dollar Gasoline Doesn’t Have to be Our Reality
    Floor Statements
    Jun 25, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following floor statement today in support of H.R. 4899, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act. Mr. Chairman – Americans are all too familiar with the economic hardships caused by four-dollar gasoline prices. I routin... More
  • Witnesses Stress the Important Role of Education in America’s Energy Renaissance
    Press Release
    Jun 24, 2014 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing entitled “American Energy Jobs: Opportunities for Education.” This hearing examined the new job opportunities that the American energy boom has created and how America’s educational institutions are creating a skil... More
  • Witnesses Agree Proposed Water Rights Regulations Continue the “Obama Knows Best” Water Policies
    Press Release
    Jun 24, 2014 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee Water and Power held an oversight hearing on "New Federal Schemes to Soak Up Water Authority: Impacts on States, Water Users, Recreation, and Job's." The hearing examined recent actions by the Obama Administration to turn over longstanding water rights and eliminate multi... More
  • Upshot of Domestic Oil Boom: Fewer Shocks
    In Case You Missed It
    Jun 20, 2014 -
    As the Wall Street Journal article below notes, increased U.S. oil production is the best way to protect our country from volatile gasoline price spikes caused by international conflicts, such as the current violence in Iraq. Next week, the U.S. House of Representatives will take further action to expand domestic energ... More
  • EIA: Sales of Energy From Federal Lands Down 7% Last Year
    Press Release
    Jun 20, 2014 -
    According to new numbers released today by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), total sales of fossil fuels from energy production on federal and Indian lands decreased by 7 percent last year. This is latest example of how the Obama Administration continues to block American energy production on federal la... More
  • Republicans Propose Common Sense Plan to Lower Gasoline Prices and Fuel an America that Works
    Press Release
    Jun 19, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) and Reps. Doug Lamborn (CO-05), Bill Cassidy (LA-06), Scott Tipton (CO-03), Don Young (AK-At Large), Bill Johnson (OH-06), Cynthia Lummis (WY-At Large), Bill Flores (TX-17), Markwayne Mullin (OK-02), Rob Wittman (VA-01), Jeff Duncan (SC-03), Rob Bishop (UT... More
  • Committee Passes Legislation to Protect Americans from Skyrocketing Cabin Fees
    Press Release
    Jun 19, 2014 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee passed H.R. 4873, the Cabin Fee Act of 2014, by unanimous consent. This bill, sponsored by Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04), modifies the current cabin fee formula to make it more predictable and fair for families who own cabins in our National Forests. Cabin owners have recent... More
  • Witnesses Tout Benefits that America’s Energy Revolution is Providing to States and Local Communities
    Press Release
    Jun 18, 2014 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on “American Energy Jobs: Opportunities for States and Localities.” This hearing examined the great opportunities that America’s energy renaissance is creating for states and local communities. America’s surge in e... More
  • Hastings: Imperial President Moves Forward with Ocean Zoning
    Press Release
    Jun 17, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement of overreaching Executive action to unilaterally lock-up huge portions of the Pacific Ocean: "For years the Obama Administration has threatened to impose ocean zoning to shut down ou... More
  • Hastings: Start of New OCS Five-Year Plan is Opportunity for Obama Administration to Correct Record of Failure
    Press Release
    Jun 13, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement regarding the Department of the Interior starting the public comment process for developing the next five-year (2017-2022) leasing program for the Outer Continental Shelf: “Since President Obama’s first weeks in the office,... More
  • American Energy Renaissance Grows Jobs Through Technological Advances and Innovation
    Press Release
    Jun 12, 2014 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on “American Energy Jobs: Opportunities for Innovation." The hearing examined technological innovation used to harness job growth from both alternative energy resources such as wind, solar, hydropower, and nuclear ... More
  • 43 Members Request Extension of Public Comment Period for New Endangered Species Act Regulations
    Press Release
    Jun 11, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) and 42 Members of Congress sent a letter today to U.S. Fish and Wildlife (FWS) Director Dan Ashe and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrator Kathryn Sullivan requesting a six month extension of the public comment period for thr... More
  • Witnesses Stress Importance of Early Earthquake Warning Systems
    Press Release
    Jun 10, 2014 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing entitled “Whole Lotta Shakin’: An Examination of America’s Earthquake Early Warning System Development and Implementation.” This hearing examined the benefits of earthquake early warning systems worldwide and the s... More
  • Committee Approves Legislation to Strengthen and Improve Our Nation’s Fisheries
    Press Release
    May 29, 2014 -
    Today the House Natural Resources Committee approved H.R. 4742, the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act by a bipartisan vote of 24-17. This legislation would renew and amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (last reauthorized in 2006 and e... More
  • Chairman Hastings' Statement on Markup of Magnuson-Stevens Legislation (H.R. 4742)
    Press Release
    May 29, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following opening statement (as prepared) at today’s Full Committee Markup of H.R. 4742, “Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act.” “The Committee will now be considering HR 4742, the Strengthe... More
  • Manhattan Project National Historical Park Proposal Again Passes the House, Advances to the Senate
    Press Release
    May 22, 2014 -
    The House of Representatives today approved the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015, which included a bipartisan provision sponsored by Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) to establish a Manhattan Project National Historical Park. The Manhattan Project was an unprecedented top-secret progra... More
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