• Chairman Hastings Seeks Documents and Answers on White Bluffs Bladderpod Listing
    Press Release
    Mar 7, 2014 -
    Today, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) sent a letter to Ken Berg, Manager at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Washington state Fish and Wildlife Office, seeking answers to specific questions about whether or not the Service’s recent decision to list the White Bluffs bladderpod as thr... More
  • Committee to Hold Field Hearing on Immediate and Long-Term Relief for Drought-Impacted San Joaquin Valley
    Committee Action
    Mar 7, 2014 -
    The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a field hearing in Fresno, California on Wednesday, March 19th entitled “California Water Crisis and Its Impacts: The Need for Immediate and Long-Term Solutions.” The San Joaquin Valley is once again suffering from drought conditions exacerbated by unworkable federal regu... More
  • Witnesses Agree on the Importance of a Robust National Fish Hatchery System
    Press Release
    Mar 5, 2014 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs held an oversight hearing entitled "National Fish Hatchery System: Strategic Hatchery and Workforce Planning Report." This hearing examined the importance of the National Fish Hatchery System and the negative effects that... More
  • Chairman Hastings Statement on the President’s FY 2015 Budget Proposal
    Press Release
    Mar 4, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement regarding President Obama’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2015: "The President’s budget once again taxes too much and spends too much, while not doing enough to create jobs and grow our economy. The budget also fundamenta... More
  • Obama Administration Lackadaisical Regarding Hiring and Retention Challenges with Key Oil and Natural Gas Jobs
    Press Release
    Feb 27, 2014 -
    On Thursday, February 27th, 2014 the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on “Obama Administration Oversight: GAO Report – Interior Hiring and Retention Challenges.” In a recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), key positions within the Department of the Interior th... More
  • Chairman Hastings Statement on Obama Administration’s Atlantic Offshore Environmental Impact Statement
    Press Release
    Feb 27, 2014 -
    Today, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement after the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) released its final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) allowing for seismic surveys in the Mid and South Atlantic Coasts. "After more than five years,... More
  • Chairman Hastings: Transparency of Litigation Settlement Practices Necessary to Prevent Abuse
    Floor Statements
    Feb 26, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings delivered the following statement on the House floor today in support of H.R. 2804, the Achieving Less Excess in Regulation and Requiring Transparency Act or 2014. “Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of this measure, and particularly a portion sponsored by Representat... More
  • Witnesses Highlight the Important Role of Veterans in America’s Energy Renaissance
    Press Release
    Feb 26, 2014 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on “American Energy Jobs: Opportunities for Veterans.” This hearing examined how America’s veterans can play a pivotal role in America’s energy renaissance that is already creating much-needed jobs and growing the ... More
  • Video Release: Senate Must Act on Emergency California Drought Legislation
    Press Release
    Feb 7, 2014 -
    On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3964, the Sacramento - San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act, with a bipartisan vote of 229-191. This legislation, sponsored by the entire Republican California delegation, addresses the emergency drought in California by helping to restore some water sup... More
  • Chairman Hastings: House and Senate Should Work Together on Real Solutions for the American People
    Press Release
    Feb 6, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following statement on the House floor today, pledging to continue to work with the Senate to find common ground and implement real solutions for the problems facing the American people: “Just this week, the House will have considered three m... More
  • Chairman Hastings' Statement on H.R. 2954, the Public Access and Lands Improvement Act
    Floor Statements
    Feb 6, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings delivered the following statement on the House floor today in support of H.R. 2954, the Public Access and Lands Improvement Act. “Mr. Chairman, the Public Access and Lands Improvement Act, H.R. 2954, is a bipartisan package of 10 bills to protect and promote publi... More
  • House Passes “Public Access & Lands Improvement Act” in Bipartisan Vote
    Press Release
    Feb 6, 2014 -
    Today, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 2954, The Public Access and Lands Improvement Act with a vote of 220-194. This bipartisan package of bills would protect and promote access to lands; improve opportunities by removing red tape that stands in the way of responsible, local economic development and jobs; a... More
  • House Passes Emergency California Drought Legislation
    Press Release
    Feb 5, 2014 -
    Today, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 3964, the Sacramento - San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act, with a bipartisan vote of 229- 191. This legislation, sponsored by the entire Republican California delegation, addresses the emergency drought in California by restoring some water supplies to prov... More
  • Witnesses Tell Federal Government to STOP Blocking Energy Production on Federal Lands
    Press Release
    Feb 5, 2014 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on “Energy in America: BLM’s Red-Tape Run Around and its Impact on American Energy Production.” The hearing examined the adverse impacts of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) practices and motivations surroundin... More
  • Chairman Hastings: The People of San Joaquin Valley Can’t Wait Any Longer For Congress to Act
    Floor Statements
    Feb 5, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings delivered the following statement on the House floor today in support of H.R. 3964, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act. “Mr. Chairman, the House today is considering H.R. 3964, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery ... More
  • House Approves Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Package
    Press Release
    Feb 5, 2014 -
    Today, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 3590, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act by a bipartisan vote of 268-154. This bipartisan package of bills protects the traditional rights of American sportsmen to fish and hunt, removes government roadblocks and red tape, and promotes American jo... More
  • Current Drought Conditions Highlight Need for Water Storage Legislation to Provide Important Water Supplies
    Press Release
    Feb 5, 2014 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power held a legislative hearing on three proposals aimed at jumpstarting surface water storage development through the western United States. “In my central Washington state district, the Yakima Valley is a poster child for needing new surface storage. Conse... More
  • California’s Central Valley: Producing America’s Fruits and Vegetables
    Resourceful Information
    Feb 5, 2014 -
    California’s Central Valley is the state’s agriculture hub, producing over 360 products. California is the sole producer of more than 13 fruits, vegetables and nuts including walnuts, olives, clingstone peaches and sweet rice. California is also the nation’s largest dairy producer with over 1/5th of the Nation’s dairy... More
  • Broad, Bipartisan Support for Protecting Hunting & Fishing Rights on Public Lands
    Resourceful Information
    Feb 4, 2014 -
    Today, the House of Representatives will consider H.R. 3590, the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act. This bipartisan package of bills seeks to protect hunting and fishing activities on public lands and protect the use of traditional ammunition and fishing tackle. This bipartisan legislation is cospon... More
  • Witnesses Applaud Committee Draft Legislation to Renew the Magnuson-Stevens Act
    Press Release
    Feb 4, 2014 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee held a Full Committee legislative hearing on “H.R. ____ Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act”. This hearing examined draft legislation, released by House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) in December... More
  • House to Consider Multiple Natural Resources Bills Next Week
    Press Release
    Jan 31, 2014 -
    Next week, the U.S. House of Representatives will consider legislation from the House Natural Resources Committee that will address the emergency drought in California by restoring some water supplies, protect the rights of sportsmen to hunt and fish, and remove red-tape to local land management and economic developmen... More
  • Video Release: Pres. Obama and Democrat Senate Should Act on House Legislation to Create Millions of Jobs
    Press Release
    Jan 31, 2014 -
    During Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Obama once again talked about the need to create American jobs. However, we’ve heard that before. Despite the repeated promises, the most recent jobs report painted a much more realistic picture of the President’s efforts. The economy added only 74,000 jobs, far le... More
  • Chairman Hastings’ Statement on the President’s State of the Union Address
    Press Release
    Jan 28, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement regarding the President’s State of the Union address: “Despite President Obama’s repeated claims of making job creation and economic growth a priority, the reality is that he has actively chosen to ignore the economic poten... More
  • Land Disposal Transparency and Efficiency Act (H.R. 2095)
    Committee Votes
    Jan 28, 2014 -
    Reporting H.R. 2095 Out of Committee (Passed 24-17. View Roll Call Vote) This bill requires the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to establish an online database for all BLM lands that are available for sale to the public while limiting all future land acquisitions until this database is established. The BLM has this inf... More
  • Disposal of Excess Federal Lands Act of 2013 (H.R. 2657)
    Committee Votes
    Jan 28, 2014 -
    Reporting H.R. 2657 Out of Committee (Passed 23-19. View Roll Call Vote) This bill requires the sale of federal lands that have been identified by the Administration as suitable for disposal. * For complete legislative action for the January 28, 2014 Full Committee Markup, click here. More
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