• 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
  • 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
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