• 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
  • Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act (H.R. 4742)
    Committee Votes
    May 29, 2014 -
    Reporting H.R. 4742 Out of Committee (Passed 24-17. View Roll Call Vote) This legislation would renew, strengthen, and improve the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management act with common sense reforms that increase management flexibility based on science, ensure greater government transparency, promote res... 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
  • Chairman Hastings: The Imperial President Strikes Again
    Press Release
    May 21, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) issued the following statement today on President Obama’s use of the Antiquities Act to unilaterally designate nearly 500,000 acres in New Mexico as the Organ Mountain–Desert Peak National Monument: “The Imperial President strikes again. Instead of working... More
  • Witnesses Question Obama Admin’s Authority to Regulate Energy Production on Wildlife Refuges
    Press Release
    May 20, 2014 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs held an oversight hearing entitled “Oil and Gas Activities within Our Nation’s National Wildlife Refuge System.” This hearing highlighted the importance of oil and natural gas production occurring in America’s National Wi... More
  • Witnesses Highlight Growing Job Opportunities in Manufacturing Fueled by America’s Energy Renaissance
    Press Release
    May 20, 2014 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on “American Energy Jobs: Opportunities for American Manufacturing.” This hearing examined the growing job opportunities in the manufacturing sector made possible by America’s energy renaissance that’s being fueled... More
  • Private Property Owners, Farmers, and Small Businesses Pay the Price for ESA Critical Habitat Designations
    Press Release
    May 14, 2014 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight field hearing in Batesville, Arkansas on “Protecting the Rights of Property Owners: Proposed Federal Critical Habitat Designations Gone Wild.” The hearing examined the comprehensive impacts of critical habitat designations, flaws in the current critical ... More
  • Witnesses Agree on the Need for Increased Tribal Self-Governance
    Press Release
    May 7, 2014 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs held a legislative hearing on H.R. 4350, the Northern Cheyenne Lands Act, and H.R. 409, the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act. These two bills would allow for increased tribal control of trust assets and fulfill a long-standing federal prom... More
  • Federal Red-Tape and Inconsistent Decision Making Hampering Efforts to Keep the Lights On and Reduce Forest Fire Risk
    Press Release
    May 7, 2014 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight hearing on “Keeping the Lights On and Reducing Catastrophic Forest Fire Risk: Proper Management of Electricity Rights of Way on Federal Lands.” The hearing examined the need for improved management and better communication with electric utilities on elec... More
  • Committee Approves Legislation to Update and Improve the Endangered Species Act
    Press Release
    Apr 30, 2014 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee approved four targeted bills that would improve and modernize the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The primary focus of these four bills is to promote data and cost transparency and species recovery. These bills have been endorsed by over 25 organizations including, the U.S. Ch... More
  • Mike Rowe: Work Hard AND Smart
    In Case You Missed It
    Apr 30, 2014 -
    Yesterday, the House Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight hearing on “American Energy Jobs: Opportunities for Skilled Trades Workers.” The hearing examined the well-paying jobs opportunities for technical and skilled workers that have been created by the recent American energy boom. Mike Rowe, former host ... More
  • Endangered Species Litigation Reasonableness Act (H.R. 4318)
    Committee Votes
    Apr 30, 2014 -
    Reporting H.R. 4318 Out of Committee (Passed 27-15. View Roll Call Vote) This bill would prioritize resources towards species protection by placing a reasonable cap on the hourly rate of attorneys fees that may be awarded to prevailing parties and making the ESA consistent with current federal law. * For complete legis... More
  • State, Tribal, and Local Species Transparency and Recovery Act (H.R. 4317)
    Committee Votes
    Apr 30, 2014 -
    Reporting H.R. 4317 Out of Committee (Passed 26-16. View Roll Call Vote) This bill would require the federal government to disclose to affected states all data used prior to any ESA listing decisions and require that the “best available scientific and commercial data” used by the federal government include data provide... More
  • Endangered Species Recovery Transparency Act (H.R. 4316)
    Committee Votes
    Apr 30, 2014 -
    Reporting H.R. 4316 Out of Committee (Passed 26-16. View Roll Call Vote) This legislation would require the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to track, report to Congress, and make available online funds expended to respond to ESA lawsuits, the number of employees dedicated to litigation; and attorneys fees awarded in the... More
  • 21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act (H.R. 4315)
    Committee Votes
    Apr 30, 2014 -
    Reporting H.R. 4315 Out of Committee (Passed 17-15. View Roll Call Vote) This legislation would require data used by federal agencies for ESA listing decisions to be made publicly available and accessible through the Internet. The bill would allow the American people to actually see what data is being used to make key ... More
  • Work Hard AND Smart
    Press Release
    Apr 29, 2014 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight hearing on “American Energy Jobs: Opportunities for Skilled Trades Workers.” The hearing examined the well-paying jobs opportunities for technical and skilled workers that have been created by the recent American energy boom. Unemployment in the United S... More
  • Natural Resources Committee Website Recognized as One of the Best in Congress
    Press Release
    Apr 28, 2014 -
    The House Committee on Natural Resources’ majority website today was recognized, for a third consecutive Congress, one of the best websites in Congress by the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF). The Committee received a Gold Mouse award, one of only three House Committees to receive this honor for the 113th Con... More
  • Chairman Hastings Delivers Speech on the Magnuson-Stevens Act
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    Apr 24, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following speech today at the University of Washington, School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, Symposium on the Magnuson-Stevens Act: “Thank you for having me here today to discuss the Magnuson-Stevens Act and our current efforts in Congress t... More
  • Hastings Calls on Senate to Act on Healthy Forest Management and Jobs Bill
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    Apr 23, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following speech today at the Western Regional Forest Resources Association Spring Meeting in Pasco, WA. In the speech, Chairman Hastings talked about the House bill (H.R. 1526) that would put tens of thousands of Americans back to work, prov... More
  • 26 Northwest Lawmakers Highlight the Importance of the Columbia River Treaty
    Press Release
    Apr 15, 2014 -
    Today, all 26 lawmakers representing Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Idaho urged President Obama to make the future of the 1964 Columbia River Treaty a priority for 2014. In a letter led by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA), and House Natural Resources Committe... More
  • GAO Audit of the National Environmental Policy Act Reveals Lack of Accountability and Transparency
    Press Release
    Apr 15, 2014 -
    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released a comprehensive audit of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The audit found that the federal government does not have a system to track data and costs associated with performing NEPA reviews, NEPA delays are lengthy and vary agency to agency, and that... More
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