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  • Committee Advances Bipartisan Bill for the National Park Service Centennial
    Press Release
    Mar 16, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a markup on 13 bills including one to commemorate the National Park Service’s (NPS) Centennial. H.R. 4680, “National Park Service Centennial Act,” introduced by Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), passed with bipartisan support. The bill provides new funding and management a... More
  • Committee Advances Bipartisan Bill to Clarify Regulatory Confusion in Fishery Management
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    Mar 16, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a markup on 13 bills including H.R. 3070, “EEZ Transit Zone Clarification and Access Act,” introduced by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY). “The senseless boundaries between state and federal waters around the Block Island Sound have created confusion for local fishermen,“ Chai... More
  • President Obama Drops Atlantic in Offshore Plan To Polish His Reputation with the Far Left
    Press Release
    Mar 15, 2016 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources members issued the following statements in response to the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program proposal for 2017-2022: “Today, the President chose to polish his reputation with far left special interests over the well-being of... More
  • Bishop: OPEC and Russia Applaud the President’s Methane Announcement
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    Mar 10, 2016 -
    Today, during a joint news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Obama announced plans to develop federal methane regulations on existing domestic energy sources. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “If OPEC and Russia want to succeed in their war against American ener... More
  • Overdue Grizzly Delisting Highlights ESA Failures
    Press Release
    Mar 4, 2016 -
    Yesterday, the Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to delist the grizzly bear population in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, encompassing portions of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. This population of grizzly bear is currently listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Delisting the species will allow... More
  • Chairman Bishop Introduces Bill To Encourage Private Investment for National Park Service
    Press Release
    Mar 3, 2016 -
    To celebrate our National Park’s Centennial, today, Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced H.R. 4680, the “National Park Service Centennial Act.” The bill will prepare National Parks for a second century by maximizing private donations and establishing a National Park Foundation endowment. Chairman Bishop issu... More
  • DOI Agencies Under Fire for Rampant Energy Regulation, Killing Jobs
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    Mar 2, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources questioned witnesses from the three major federal agencies on the President’s 2017 budget and the Administration’s overly-prescriptive federal regulations. The panel included representatives from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the Bureau of Safety a... More
  • WSJ: Downstream From a Slippery EPA
    In Case You Missed It
    Mar 1, 2016 -
    BY: Ryan Flynn The bright yellow water that gushed from Colorado’s Gold King mine and into the Animas River last summer has dissipated, but the environmental disaster continues downstream. An estimated 880,000 pounds of lead and other metals poured out of the Gold King in August when the Environmental Protection Agency... More
  • Members Blast DOI Budget Failures, Lack of Transparency and Regulatory Excesses
    Press Release
    Mar 1, 2016 -
    Today, Members of the Committee from both sides of the aisle raised numerous concerns about the President’s 2017 fiscal year budget proposal for the Department of the Interior (DOI) during an oversight hearing with DOI Secretary Sally Jewell. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “I am pleased that... More
  • Task Force on Reducing Regulatory Burdens Releases Mission Statement
    Press Release
    Mar 1, 2016 -
    In advance of their first idea forum today, the chairs of the Task Force on Reducing Regulatory Burdens released their mission statement. This mission statement, laying out the goals of the task force, marks the next step in the development of a bold, pro-growth agenda that Republicans will present to the country in th... More
  • House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Enhance Access to Federal Lands for Outdoor Sporting Activities
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    Feb 26, 2016 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 2406, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (SHARE Act), with a bipartisan vote of 242-161. “We’re seeing abusive federal restrictions for anglers and hunters on federal lands. Close to a million acres once used for target shooting are now padlocked to taxpayers due to u... More
  • Department of the Treasury: Strong Oversight Board is the Only Path to Address Puerto Rico’s Crisis
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    Feb 25, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight hearing to review the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s analysis of the Puerto Rico situation and the Obama Administration’s plan to address the crisis. Counselor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury Antonio Weiss delivered testimony o... More
  • Flint Michigan of The San Joaquin Valley
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    Feb 24, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans held a hearing to review federal regulations exacerbating California’s drought crisis even while El Niño is providing significant precipitation for the region. “I’ve watched what’s happening in Flint, Michigan and the outrage with the government action that put the po... More
  • Agencies Questioned on Impacts of Obama Administration’s New Environmental Mitigation Regulations
    Press Release
    Feb 24, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held an oversight hearing to review the Presidential Memoranda on mitigation issued on November 3rd, 2015 to five federal agencies. The memoranda creates sweeping new statutory authority and new requirements that agencies must use when evaluating and approving pro... More
  • Task Force on Restoring Constitutional Authority Releases Mission Statement
    Press Release
    Feb 24, 2016 -
    In advance of their first idea forum today, the chairs of the Task Force on Restoring Constitutional Authority released their mission statement. This mission statement, laying out the goals of the task force, marks the next step in the development of a bold, pro-growth agenda that Republicans will present to the countr... More
  • Duplicity at the Gold King Mine
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    Feb 22, 2016 -
    OP-ED: Duplicity at the Gold King Mine Rep. Rob Bishop As the effects of dumping 3 million gallons of contaminated mine water into the Animas and San Juan Rivers continue to be studied, the story of the Gold King Mine disaster grows from bad to worse. Some may have heard that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ... More
  • Committee Issues Subpoenas on Gold King Documents
    Press Release
    Feb 18, 2016 -
    Yesterday evening, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued subpoenas to the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for documents related to the USACE’s peer review of DOI’s Technical Evaluation of the August 2015 Gold King Mine spill. Republican... More
  • Wall Street Journal: An Animas River Accounting
    In Case You Missed It
    Feb 17, 2016 -
    If a private company dumped three million gallons of toxic sludge into Colorado waterways, we’d be flooded with daily media updates for months. Yet the press has by now forgotten the disaster unleashed in August when EPA contractors punctured an abandoned mine. New evidence suggests the government isn’t coming clean ab... More
  • Bishop: President Ignores Legislative Process in Another Round of Unilateral Monument Designations
    Press Release
    Feb 12, 2016 -
    Today, President Obama unilaterally designated three new national monuments in the California desert: Sand to Snow National Monument, Mojave Trails National Monument, and Castle Mountains National Monument. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “This is presidential bullying. The intent of the Anti... More
  • Investigative Report on EPA’s Gold King Mine Blowout Released by House Committee on Natural Resources Majority Staff
    Press Release
    Feb 11, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources released a Majority staff report detailing information uncovered during the Committee’s ongoing investigation of the EPA’s Gold King Mine blowout near Silverton, Colorado in August 2015. The 73-page report documents the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and the Depa... More
  • Bishop: President Obama’s Unilateral Anti-Energy Agenda Will Ultimately be Gutted by the Courts
    Press Release
    Feb 10, 2016 -
    Yesterday, the Supreme Court stayed the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan in a 5-4 decision. Chairman Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “Much of the President’s unilateral agenda, including efforts to stomp out coal without going through Congress, will ultimately be gutted by the courts. “This ruling ... More
  • Panel Discusses Federal Conflicts Involving Fisheries Predation, Negative Impacts on Drought Mitigation
    Press Release
    Feb 10, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held an oversight hearing titled, “The Costly Impacts of Predation and Conflicting Federal Statues on Nature and Endangered Fish Species.” The panel outlined how conflicting federal laws encourage predation of fish species listed under the federal Endangered Species Ac... More
  • Bishop: President’s Budget Stubs Out Hardworking Americans
    Press Release
    Feb 9, 2016 -
    Today, the Obama Administration released its budget proposal for the 2017 fiscal year. Chairman Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “To defend this budget would require spin with dexterity that only a Las Vegas contortionist can accomplish,” Bishop said. On Energy: “President Obama stubs out the last bit of l... More
  • New York Times: Officials Warn Congress of Major Defaults Without Restructuring
    In Case You Missed It
    Feb 6, 2016 -
    Puerto Rico and its top advisers made their case in Washington on Friday for a law that would allow broad restructuring of the island’s multibillion-dollar debt, saying that if Congress did not act soon, major defaults were likely this spring. The officials also said they knew that any legislative help would come at a ... More
  • Bishop: FWS Mimics EPA Tactics in Expansive Critical Habitat Proposal
    Press Release
    Feb 5, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service announced the finalization of a new policy for defining and designating critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act. Chairman Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “Just like we saw with WOTUS, this is another power grab. ... More

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