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  • Arctic Rule Freezes Future Offshore Development
    Press Release
    Jul 7, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) released the finalized safety regulations for Arctic offshore drilling for both the Bureau of Ocean Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “This President continually g... More
  • Rep. Graves’ Offshore Bill Modernizes Federal Oil and Gas Leasing Process
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    Jul 6, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a legislative hearing on H.R. 5577, introduced by Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA), the “Innovation in Offshore Leasing Act.” H.R. 5577, a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), modernizes the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) offshore ... More
  • House Passes Bill to Address Conflicting Federal Statutes that Exacerbate California Drought
    Press Release
    Jul 5, 2016 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 4582 (Rep. Jeff Denham, R-CA), the “Save Our Salmon Act,” by voice vote. The legislation will exclude striped bass from the fish doubling requirement and other provisions of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, eliminating the ongoing federal conflict between protecting striped bass ... More
  • House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Advance Funding for Mine Cleanup Efforts
    Press Release
    Jul 5, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3844 (Rep. Jody Hice, R-GA), the “Bureau of Land Management Foundation Act,” by voice vote. H.R. 3844 is part of a three-bill package developed by the Committee on Natural Resources to comprehensively address the existing funding, technical and legal impediments to r... More
  • New Royalty Valuation Methods Attack Responsible Energy Production on Federal and Tribal Lands
    Press Release
    Jun 30, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) released a final regulation on valuating royalties from oil, natural gas and coal produced on federal and tribal lands. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “Don't be fooled. This rule is not about 'protecting ta... More
  • Bishop Statement on Senate Passage of PROMESA
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    Jun 29, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. Senate passed S. 2328, the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), with a bipartisan vote of 68-30. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “With a decade-long recession, worsening humanitarian conditions, a mass exodus of its residents and a looming f... More
  • Antiquities Act Abuse Heads East
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    Jun 25, 2016 -
    OP-ED: Antiquities Act Abuse Heads East By Rep. Rob Bishop Some say cultural trends start on the West Coast and make their way East, but one trend moving eastward is bad news for New Englanders. In my home state of Utah, the federal government owns 65 percent of the land. That is a problem. In the waning days of his a... More
  • Interior Lacks Enforcement and Accountability for Unethical Behavior and Criminal Conduct
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    Jun 23, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held an oversight hearing on the lack of enforcement and accountably from the Obama Administration in response to a growing number of reports of unethical and criminal conduct at the Department of the Interior (DOI). Since last month’s subcommittee hearing on the ... More
  • Bishop and Westerman Praise Senator Roberts’ Wildfire Legislation
    Press Release
    Jun 23, 2016 -
    Yesterday, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, introduced S. 3085, the Emergency Wildfire and Forest Management Act of 2016. The legislation pares a responsible solution to “fire-borrowing” with much needed reforms to improve forest heath on fed... More
  • BLM Fracing: Courts Provide a Much Needed Check on the Obama Administration’s Overwhelming Regulatory Overreach
    Press Release
    Jun 22, 2016 -
    Yesterday, a federal judge struck down the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) hydraulic fracturing rule the Department of the Interior (DOI) issued in March 2015. The judge stated that DOI does not have the authority to regulate fracing. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “Like so many other po... More
  • Bishop: White House Card-Stacking with Report on Coal Leasing
    Press Release
    Jun 22, 2016 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) today issued the following statement on the White House report on The Economics of Coal Leasing on Federal Lands. “Once you scratch through the thin veneer of objectivity, this report is nothing more than card-stacking from the President. I appreciate this... More
  • Committee Finds Federal Agencies Proactively Avoid the NEPA Process to Secure Predetermined Outcomes
    Press Release
    Jun 22, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight hearing titled “Investigating the Appropriate Role of NEPA in the Permitting Process.” The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) was designed as a regulatory compliance framework for projects or actions requiring a federal permit. In practice,... More
  • Witnesses Stress BLM’s Limitations in Managing Wild Horse and Burro Population
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    Jun 22, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands held an oversight hearing on challenges and potential solutions for the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) management of wild horses & burros on federal land. BLM faces a costly challenge in managing the exploding population of wild horses and burros in the West. More than 45,000... More
  • Bishop & Upton Statement on Path Forward for House-Senate Energy Conference
    Press Release
    Jun 20, 2016 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today issued the following statement on the path forward for a House-Senate conference on energy legislation. “At the end of the day, our goal is to get something to the President that he will si... More
  • Bishop: GOP Plan Will Empower Citizens Over Bureaucracy, Restore Constitutional Separation of Powers
    Press Release
    Jun 16, 2016 -
    Today, at a press conference in National Statuary Hall, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) joined Speaker Paul Ryan and members of the Task Force on Restoring Constitutional Authority to unveil an initiative to restore the separation of powers and Congress’ unique constitutional role. The Restoring Constitutional Authority Tas... More
  • Committee Passes Rep. Denham’s “Save Our Salmon Act”
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    Jun 15, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a markup on 19 bills including H.R. 4582 (Rep. Jeff Denham), the “Save Our Salmon Act,” which will exclude striped bass from the fish doubling requirement and other provisions of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA). H.R. 4582 passed as part of a broade... More
  • Committee Passes Bipartisan Mine Reclamation Package
    Press Release
    Jun 15, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a markup on 19 bills including a trio of bills to comprehensively address the existing funding, technical and legal impediments to abandoned mine cleanup. These mining reclamation bills passed in a larger unanimous consent package. Click here to view a summary of the... More
  • Committee Advances Bills to Empower States and Localities to Improve Forest Management
    Press Release
    Jun 15, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a markup on 19 bills including two forest management bills—Rep. Raul Labrador’s (R-ID) Self-Sufficient Community Lands Act (H.R. 2316) and Rep. Don Young’s (R-AK) State National Forest Management Act of 2015 (H.R. 3650). H.R. 2316 passed by a vote of 25-13 and H.R. 3... More
  • Panel Reviews Bill to Give States and Tribes a Seat at the Table in Federal Royalty Decisions
    Press Release
    Jun 14, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a legislative hearing on Rep. Ryan Zinke’s (R-MT) “Certainty for States and Tribes Act” (H.R. 5259), legislation to reestablish the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Royalty Policy Committee (RPC) and create a more transparent and cooperative process in roya... More
  • Bishop: GOP Blueprint for “Fewer and Smarter” Regulations Will Empower People, Unleash America’s Energy Potential
    Press Release
    Jun 14, 2016 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) along with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and other House Republican leaders unveiled the next phase of blueprints House Republicans are releasing this month as part of “A Better Way”—a bold pro-growth policy agenda to proactively tackle our nation’s grea... More
  • House Passes Puerto Rico Legislation with Bipartisan Support
    Press Release
    Jun 9, 2016 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 5278, the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), with a bipartisan vote of 297-127. “Today the House acted to prevent Puerto Rico's fiscal crisis from escalating to a humanitarian catastrophe. This legislation provides Puerto Rico with tools to impose disci... More
  • McClintock Statement on GAO Report of FWS Mismanagement of Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
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    Jun 3, 2016 -
    Federal Lands Subcommittee Chairman Tom McClintock (R-CA) issued the following statement on a report released from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s (FWS) management of the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, located northwest of Honolulu, Hawaii. “Americans were assure... More
  • Bishop Discusses Federal Policy Reforms with Regional Fishing Leaders in New Bedford
    Press Release
    Jun 2, 2016 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) spent the day touring the United States' highest grossing commercial fishing port in New Bedford, Massachusetts and meeting with Mayor Jonathan Mitchell, Rep. Bill Keating (D-MA) and local fishing leaders. June 1, 2016 marks the one-year anniversary... More
  • Potential Monument Designation Met with Overwhelming Local Resistance at Field Hearing in the Maine North Woods
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    Jun 1, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight hearing on “Elevating Local Voices and Promoting Transparency for a Potential Monument Designation in Maine.” The potential monument designation (“Maine North Woods") lacks support from local residents because it will limit recreational opportunities and... More
  • Subcommittee Letter to the Department of the Interior Office of the Inspector General on Further Ethical Lapses at DOI
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    Jun 1, 2016 -
    Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) sent a letter to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) as part of the Subcommittee’s ongoing oversight of ethical lapses and violations of federal law at DOI, and the pattern of evasion from the Depa... More

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