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  • E&E News: Dems Urge Obama To Be Transparent About Marine Monument Plans
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    Oct 14, 2015 -
    The Obama administration is now facing pressure from Democrats to be more open about a possible marine monument off New England. Massachusetts Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren sent a letter to Obama yesterday asking for more public input into the possible monument. The Conservation Law Foundation, Natural Resources... More
  • Washington Examiner: Obama's 'energy-no, pot yes' policy
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    Oct 13, 2015 -
    A bill approved by the House this week aims to end what one senior Republican calls the Obama administration's "double standard" when it comes to growing pot, an illegal act under federal law, and producing oil and gas from fracking on tribal lands. "What's bizarre is that for energy production, the administration inte... More
  • Bishop Statement on Court Decision to Halt Waters of the U.S. Rule
    Press Release
    Oct 9, 2015 -
    Today, Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) responded to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling regarding the Environmental Protect Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule. “It is sad that we need the courts to tell the Obama Administration to rethink this issue and do the right thing. Why can’t the agenci... More
  • Native American Energy Act Passes House with Bipartisan Vote, Broad Support from Indian Country
    Press Release
    Oct 8, 2015 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 538, the Native American Energy Act with bipartisan support by a vote of 254-173. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “H.R. 538 seeks to correct the injustices done to tribal energy potential, which has suffered at the incompetent hands of federal bureaucracy. With ... More
  • Yellowstone and Grande Teton Paddling Act (H.R. 974)
    Committee Votes
    Oct 8, 2015 -
    Reporting H.R. 974 Out of Committee (Approved by a Roll Call Vote of 23 yeas and 15 nays) To direct the Secretary of the Interior to promulgate regulations to allow the use of hand-propelled vessels on certain rivers and streams that flow in and through certain Federal lands in Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton Na... More
  • Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act (H.R. 1107)
    Committee Votes
    Oct 8, 2015 -
    Reporting H.R. 1107 Out of Committee (Approved by Unanimous Consent) To require the secretary of the Interior to submit to Congress a report on the efforts of the Bureau of reclamation to manage its infrastructure assets. Gosar Amendment #1 (Adopted by Unanimous Consent) *For complete legislative action for the October... More
  • H.R. 1820
    Committee Votes
    Oct 8, 2015 -
    Reporting H.R. 1820 Out of Committee (Approved by Unanimous Consent) To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to retire coal preference right lease applications for which the Secretary has made an affirmative commercial quantities determination, and for other purposes. *For complete legislative action for the October... More
  • H.R. 2212
    Committee Votes
    Oct 8, 2015 -
    Reporting H.R. 2212 Out of Committee (Approved by Unanimous Consent) To take certain Federal lands located in Lassen County, California, into trust for the benefit of the Susanville Indian Rancheria, and for other purposes. LaMalfa Amendment #1 (Adopted by Unanimous Consent) *For complete legislative action for the Oct... More
  • Billy Frank Jr. Tell Your Story Act (H.R. 2270)
    Committee Votes
    Oct 8, 2015 -
    Reporting H.R. 2270 Out of Committee (Approved by Unanimous Consent) To redesignate the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, located in the State of Washington, as the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, to establish the Medicine Creek Treaty National History Site within the wildlife refuge, and for othe... More
  • SHARE Act (H.R. 2406)
    Committee Votes
    Oct 8, 2015 -
    Reporting H.R. 2406 Out of Committee (Approved by a Roll Call Vote of 21 yeas and 15 nays) To protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting, and for other purposes. Gosar Amendment 134 (Adopted by Voice Vote) Radewagen Amendment #1 (Adopted by Roll Call Vote of 20 yeas and 15 nays) G... More
  • H.R. 2270
    Committee Votes
    Oct 8, 2015 -
    Reporting H.R. 2270 Out of Committee (Approved by Unanimous Consent) To redesignate the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, located in the State of Washington, as the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, to establish the Medicine Creek Treaty National Historic Site within the wildlife refuge, and for oth... More
  • Lake Tahoe Restoration Act of 2015 (H.R. 3382)
    Committee Votes
    Oct 8, 2015 -
    Reporting H.R. 3382 Out of Committee (Approved by Roll Call Vote of 21 yeas and 16 nays) To amend the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act to enhance recreational opportunities, environmental restoration activities, and forest management activities in the Lake Tahoe Basin, and for other purposes. McClintock Amendment 001 (Adopte... More
  • H.R. 1452
    Committee Votes
    Oct 8, 2015 -
    Reporting H.R. 1452 Out of Committee (Approved by Voice Vote) To authorize Escambia County, Florida, to convey certain property that was formerly part of Santa Rosa Island National Monument and that was conveyed to Escambia County subject to restrictions on use and reconveyance. *For complete legislative action for the... More
  • Committee Requests Information on Obama Administration's Intentions to Designate or Expand Marine Monuments in Nation's Waters
    Press Release
    Oct 7, 2015 -
    Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), and Reps. John Fleming (R-LA), Don Young (R-AK), and Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-AS) sent a letter today to Council on Environmental Quality Managing Director Christy Goldfuss and Assistant Administrator for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Eileen Sobeck to request... More
  • Bishop Requests Information from Departments on Federal Land Grabs Through LWCF
    Press Release
    Oct 7, 2015 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) sent a letter to U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting information about federal agencies recent land acquisitions and stewardship of existing federal lands. Th... More
  • GRAPHIC: The Native American Energy Act
    Press Release
    Oct 7, 2015 -
    Tomorrow, the House will consider H.R. 538 – “The Native American Energy Act.” Sponsored by Indian, Insular & Alaska Native Affairs Subcommittee Chairman Don Young (R-AK), the legislation addresses the federal government’s overregulation of Indian lands, which has hindered Indian tribes and Alaska Native Corporations f... More
  • Four Governors: Federal Overreach Causing Major Problems in the West
    Press Release
    Sep 30, 2015 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight hearing with four Western governors on “Respecting State Authority in Regards to Resource Management and Energy Development.” Governors Matt Mead (R-WY), Steve Bullock (D-MT), Dennis Daugaard (R-SD), and Gary Herbert (R-UT) all expressed major concerns a... More
  • Bishop Responds to Federal District Court of Wyoming Decision to Halt BLM Hydraulic Fracturing Rule
    Press Release
    Sep 30, 2015 -
    Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) responded to the Federal District Court of Wyoming decision to uphold the preliminary injunction on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) hydraulic fracturing rule, which stated that, “Congress has not authorized or delegated to the BLM authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing and, under ou... More
  • Committee Pushes Back on Potential Marine Monument Designations
    Press Release
    Sep 29, 2015 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held an oversight hearing on the designations of Marine National Monuments, which are unilateral executive actions that usurp established regional fisheries management plans and impose significant economic and environmental impacts regionally and nationwide. In particu... More
  • Bishop: Special Interests Will Not Prevent Congress from Modernizing LWCF, Protecting State and Local Recreational Access
    Press Release
    Sep 25, 2015 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) today issued the following statement on efforts to modernize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Act of 1965. “Both Republicans and Democrats support the original intent of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, but the program has drifted far from ... More
  • Bishop: Sage Grouse Decision Is De Facto Listing Aimed at Controlling the West
    Press Release
    Sep 22, 2015 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) today issued the following statement in response to the Obama Administration’s decision on the greater sage grouse. “Do not be fooled. The announcement not to list the sage grouse is a cynical ploy. With the stroke of a pen, the Obama Administration’s oppr... More
  • Chairman Bishop, Senator Daines, and Rep. Westerman Announce Press Call to Discuss Wildfire Legislation and Funding
    Press Release
    Sep 22, 2015 -
    On Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 4:00PM EST, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), and Representative Bruce Westerman (R-AR) will hold a press call to discuss catastrophic wildfire legislation and the Obama Administration’s recent request to Congress for wildfire suppression funding. Details are a... More
  • Resurrecting 'Eureka' in California
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    Sep 21, 2015 -
    OP-ED: Resurrecting 'Eureka' in California National Review Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) September 21, 2015 “Eureka!” (“I have found it.”) Coined for the discovery of gold that brought adventurers and entrepreneurs flocking to the elusive western border of our continent, California’s state motto has held true for genera... More
  • Bloomberg BNA: Wildfires May Spur FY 2016 Funding Changes While Leaving Policy Issues for Another Day
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    Sep 18, 2015 -
    The severe fire season in western U.S. forests has intensified calls for funding changes so that the U.S. Forest Service does not have to borrow money from other accounts to finish out a fiscal year of wildfire suppression. The situation has revived the question of whether a solution can be accomplished through fiscal ... More
  • Bishop: “You violated the law. Period.”
    Press Release
    Sep 17, 2015 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a joint hearing with the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Animas River spill, which resulted in 3 million gallons of toxic water spilling into the Animas and San Juan Rivers from Colorado and into New Mexico,... More

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