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  • 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
  • Committee Advances Bipartisan “National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Act”
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    Feb 3, 2016 -
    Today, the Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 3036 (Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-NJ), the “National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Act,” legislation designating the National September 11 Memorial located at the World Trade Center site in New York City, New York, as a national memorial. The legislation passed ... More
  • New York Times: How Free Electricity Helped Dig $9 Billion Hole in Puerto Rico
    In Case You Missed It
    Feb 2, 2016 -
    To understand how Puerto Rico’s power authority has piled up $9 billion in debt, one need only visit this bustling city on the northwest coast. Twenty years ago, it was just another town with dwindling finances. Then, it went on a development spree, thanks to a generous —some might say ill-considered — gift from the Pu... More
  • Panel Outlines Options for Responsible Path Forward on Puerto Rico
    Press Release
    Feb 2, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs held an oversight hearing to further examine possible solutions to the Puerto Rican debt crisis and avenues for the Commonwealth to achieve improved fiscal management and long-term sustainability. The panel discussed concepts surrounding the establish... More
  • Bishop: Fiscal and Energy Solutions for Puerto Rico Needed for Long-Term Solvency and Growth
    Press Release
    Feb 1, 2016 -
    Today, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) held a conference call to discuss oversight efforts on Puerto Rico and the Committee’s path forward to developing responsible solutions to the island’s economic crisis. “As long as Puerto Rico and its state-owned entities continue to lose money and run deficits, debt restructuring alon... More
  • Wall Street Journal: Obama vs. Manatees
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    Jan 24, 2016 -
    The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service this month proposed a new rule to crack down on predator control in Alaska, claiming it wants to better protect wildlife on national refuges. If only the Obama Administration cared as much about the protected critters that are getting in the way of its climate-change agenda. President O... More
  • Bishop on Methane Rule: Regulation In Search of Legacy – at the Expense of People
    Press Release
    Jan 22, 2016 -
    Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) methane venting rule: “For close to a decade, we’ve witnessed unprecedented energy growth alongside steady reductions in emissions driven by innovation – not federal intervention. Emissions ... More
  • Panel Echoes Frustrations with Federal Government’s Failure to Respect Local Input in the Development of Land Management Plans
    Press Release
    Jan 22, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands held an oversight hearing on issues surrounding the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Draft Resource Management Plans (RMPs) for the Beaver Dam Wash and Red Cliffs National Conservation Areas in Washington County, Utah. The panel received testimony from the Mayor of St. George, ... More
  • Bishop: President Obama Begins Moratorium on Affordable Energy
    Press Release
    Jan 15, 2016 -
    Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement on the Obama Administration’s coal lease moratorium on Federal lands. “Yep, there they go again. Americans now know the ‘all-of-the-above’ energy agenda the President repeatedly claimed to support was an election year lie. This unp... More
  • Chairman Bishop Reacts to President’s Last State of the Union Address
    Press Release
    Jan 13, 2016 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address: “The President has a knack for making awful policies sound like good ideas. What we should pay closer attention to is what was not said. In the shadows lurked the c... More
  • Bishop: If the President Cared About the Will of the People He Would Reverse Course on WOTUS
    Press Release
    Jan 13, 2016 -
    Today, the House passed S.J. Res. 22, Congressional Disapproval of the “Waters of the United States” Rule. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “When 27 states object to an action of the President we know something is wrong. Waters of the United States is the President’s latest unilateral act to... More
  • Bishop: Energy is Essential to Puerto Rico’s Future Prosperity
    Press Release
    Jan 12, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing on the circumstances leading to the current financial crisis faced by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), the state-owned, self-regulated monopoly that operates as Puerto Rico’s public utility. “Today we took a step forward to uncover ... More
  • House Passes Bill to Increase Transparency and Cut Duplicative Regulations
    Press Release
    Jan 12, 2016 -
    Today, the House, by a vote of 235-188, passed H.R. 1644, the Supporting Transparent Regulatory and Environmental Actions in Mining Act (STREAM Act). Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “The Obama Administration’s development of the stream buffer zone rule exposes the President’s disdain for th... More
  • Chairmen’s Letter to Environmental Protection Agency’s Inspector General Raises Serious Concerns About the Gold King Mine Spill Review
    Press Release
    Dec 18, 2015 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) in a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Inspector General Arthur Elkins Jr., strongly questioned the timing and substance of interviews conducted two weeks a... More
  • Congress Seeks Answers from BLM on Postponement of Recent Oil and Gas Lease Sales
    Press Release
    Dec 16, 2015 -
    Today, fifteen Congressmen sent a letter to Janice Schneider, Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of the Interior, expressing serious concerns with the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) repeated postponement of lease sales. In particular, the Members raised concerns about the appearance of significant influence ... More

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