• 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
  • Chairman Hastings: Committee Stands Ready to Work With the Senate on Solution to Improve Federal Forest Management
    Press Release
    Apr 10, 2014 -
    At a Full Committee hearing today on “Tribal Forest Management: A Model for Promoting Healthy Forests and Rural Jobs,” House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) in his opening statement stressed the need for the Senate to take action on House-passed legislation to restore active forest management.... More
  • Sikes Act Improvements related to Department of Defense Activities (H.R. 4309)
    Committee Votes
    Apr 9, 2014 -
    Reporting H.R. 4309 Out of Committee (Approved by Voice Vote) This bill would ensure that a proper balance is achieved with conservation activities and military readiness activities on America’s military installations. Gosar.059 Amendment (Passed 21-14. View Roll Call Vote) This amendment would make technical changes a... More
  • North American Wetlands Conservation Extension Act of 2013 (H.R. 2208)
    Committee Votes
    Apr 9, 2014 -
    Reporting H.R. 2208 Out of Committee (Approved by Voice Vote) This bill would extend the existing North American Wetlands Conservation program for an additional five years. Since its enactment nearly fifteen years ago, the North American Wetlands Conservation Program has acquired, conserved, enhanced, protected and res... More
  • American Energy Renaissance Will Create Well-Paying Jobs for Women and Minorities
    Press Release
    Apr 8, 2014 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on “American Energy Jobs: Opportunities for Women and Minorities.” The energy sector provides stable, well-paying jobs with an average salary much higher than other sectors. The hearing examined the growing opportunities for women and min... More
  • Witnesses Stress Need for Increased Transparency & Species Recovery, Support Common Sense Endangered Species Act Proposals
    Press Release
    Apr 8, 2014 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee held a Full Committee legislative hearing on four straightforward bills to update the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for the 21st century and improve species recovery. The bills are supported by all of the Members of the ESA Congressional Working Group, representing districts ... More
  • ICYMI: Federal Onshore Leasing and Permitting at Lowest Levels in Decades
    In Case You Missed It
    Apr 8, 2014 -
    This week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released new data showing that federal onshore oil and natural gas leases and permits are at the lowest levels in more than a decade. According to the data: BLM leased 1.2 million acres in 2013, down from 1.8 million acres leased the year before and the smallest area since... More
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