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  • Obama will Leave His Legacy at the Expense of Fishermen
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    Sep 14, 2016 -
    OP-ED: Obama will Leave His Legacy at the Expense of Fishermen The Hill Chairman Rob Bishop When President Obama quadrupled the size of a marine national monument off the coast of Hawaii last month, he made history. At 583,000-square-miles, the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is twice the size of Texas and ... More
  • Locals Voice Strong, Bipartisan Support for Bishop’s Public Lands Initiative
    Press Release
    Sep 14, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a legislative hearing on H.R. 5780 (Chairman Rob Bishop, R-UT), Utah Public Lands Initiative Act, which designates and exchanges certain federal and non-federal land in the state of Utah for conservation, economic development, and recreational purposes. The bill, a historic... More
  • Bishop and Westerman Applaud Advance of Comprehensive Forest Management and Wildfire Fix in Senate
    Press Release
    Sep 13, 2016 -
    Today, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a markup to consider H.R. 2647, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015 (Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-AR). On Friday, Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), released emergency wildfire legislation ... More
  • House Advances Radewagen Bill to Protect Domestic Seafood Interests
    Press Release
    Sep 12, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Rep. Amata Radewagen’s (R-American Samoa, At-large) H.R. 4576, Ensuring Access to Pacific Fisheries Act, by voice vote. The bill implements U.S. participation in two international fishery treaties that the U.S. helped negotiate, the Convention on the Conservation and Mana... More
  • The Hill: Embracing Arctic Offshore Exploration for Economic and Energy Security
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    Sep 9, 2016 -
    By: “Ayyaiyak” Stefanie Armstrong As a proud Alaska Native and an aspiring engineer at the University of Alaska Anchorage, I’m enthused about Alaska’s future, and my role in it. I’m also convinced that Alaska’s economic sustainability and America’s energy security are inextricably bound to the continuation of safe, res... More
  • Committee Passes Rep. Zinke’s “Certainty for States and Tribes Act”
    Press Release
    Sep 8, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a markup on four bills including H.R. 5259 (Rep. Ryan Zinke), the Certainty for States and Tribes Act. The bill will reestablish the Department of the Interior’s Royalty Policy Committee. H.R. 5259 passed by a vote of 22-13. “With the Obama Administration’s moratoriu... More
  • Bishop Opening Statement on House-Senate Energy Conference Meeting
    Press Release
    Sep 8, 2016 -
    Today, House and Senate conferees met for opening statements on S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “We need more Americans to share in the low prices afforded by American energy abundance. That includes improving the permitting process to a... More
  • Bishop’s Tribal Recognition Act Advances to Restore Constitutional Intent
    Press Release
    Sep 8, 2016 -
    Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a markup on four bills including H.R. 3764 (Rep. Rob Bishop), the Tribal Recognition Act of 2015. The bill restores the constitutional framework to tribal recognition authorities vested with Congress under Article I. Following the passage of H.R. 3... More
  • Bill Preventing the Next Flint Passes Committee
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    Sep 8, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a markup on four bills including H.R. 5032 (Rep. Dave Brat, R-VA). The bill removes a federal land-use restriction on a piece of land in the town of Louisa, Virginia so that it may be repurposed to provide residents with a safe supply of drinking water. Louisa has sp... More
  • House Passes Bipartisan Poliquin Bill to Strengthen U.S. Seafood Industry
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    Sep 6, 2016 -
    Today, H.R. 4245 sponsored by Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) passed on suspension by voice vote. H.R. 4245 exempts sea urchins, sea cucumbers and other seafood exports from duplicative federal requirements imposed on buyers and sellers of related products by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Servic... More
  • House Passes Bill to Modernize the Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing Process
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    Sep 6, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5577, the “Innovation in Offshore Leasing Act,” by voice vote. Introduced by Reps. Garret Graves (R-LA) and Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), it provides the Interior Secretary with the authority to conduct internet-based oil and natural gas lease sales for the U.S. Outer Conti... More
  • House Passes Thompson Bill to Protect Private Mineral Rights in the Allegheny National Forest
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    Sep 6, 2016 -
    Tonight, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3881 (Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson), the Cooperative Management of Mineral Rights Act of 2016, by a vote of 395-3. In the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) the federal government owns the surface rights, but the subsurface mineral rights have always been privately owned.... More
  • BLM’s Sage Grouse Land Use Plan Is Bad News For Western States
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    Sep 1, 2016 -
    Washington, D.C. – Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released seven memos on its land use plans for the sage grouse, covering 10 Western states. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “The Administration’s decision not to list the sage grouse last year was a cynical ploy all along. These pl... More
  • Legal protection for Good Samaritans who want to clean up mines
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    Sep 1, 2016 -
    OP-ED: Legal protection for Good Samaritans who want to clean up mines By: Chairman Rob Bishop The biblical story of the Good Samaritan is a familiar one to virtually all young children. A man is robbed, brutally beaten, and left for dead. Two men pass him turning a blind eye to his predicament. A third man, however, ... More
  • Bishop Statement on President’s PROMESA Oversight Board Appointments
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    Aug 31, 2016 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement on President Obama’s appointments to the Financial Management and Oversight Board (Oversight Board) established through the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (Public Law No. 114-187). “We applaud t... More
  • Bishop, Amata: Hawaii Marine Monument Expansion is Unjustified, Devastating for Local Economies
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    Aug 26, 2016 -
    Today, President Barack Obama expanded the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument off the coast of Hawaii by 442,781 square miles. Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Congresswoman Aumua Amata (American Samoa) issued the following statements: “The sweeping size of this expansion is unjustifie... More
  • Bishop: National Park Service Centennial Serves as an Opportunity to Address Management Challenges
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    Aug 25, 2016 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement commemorating the Centennial of the National Park Service: “Our national parks are a uniquely American concept. Unfortunately, 100 years after its inception, the National Park Service is encumbered by management failures. Lim... More
  • President’s Maine Monument Decree Subverts Representative Democracy to Advance Elite Special Interests
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    Aug 24, 2016 -
    Today, President Obama, despite opposition by Maine’s local residents and elected officials, unilaterally created a national monument in Maine’s North Woods. House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “The President is using the Centennial as a cover to subvert the w... More
  • Washington Examiner: Opinion: The Harsh Reality of Russia's Influence on Alaska's Offshore Exploration
    In Case You Missed It
    Aug 15, 2016 -
    Guy F. Caruso, U.S. Energy Information Administration's administrator from 2002-2008. Thanks to technological advancements, like Russia's creation of the world's largest icebreaker Arktika, oil and natural gas reserves beneath the Arctic waters are easier to access than ever before. As a result, the Arctic now has cou... More
  • Bishop: Obama Administration’s Litigation-Prone Social Cost of Carbon Poses Wide-ranging, Dangerous Economic Impacts
    Press Release
    Aug 12, 2016 -
    Earlier this week the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the U.S. Department of Energy's application of the Social Cost of Carbon in rulemakings that govern the federal government’s evaluation of environmental impacts under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Created behind closed doors by an interagenc... More
  • Restoring Regulatory Sanity: Bishop and Upton Request Information on EPA’s Financial Assurance Regulatory Program
    Press Release
    Aug 9, 2016 -
    Concerned with increased costs from unnecessary regulations, Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. The chairmen request that EPA provide both committees with documentation related to ... More
  • CNBC: It is Critical for the US to Invest in the Arctic
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    Aug 9, 2016 -
    General James Jones and General Joseph Ralston As ice gives way to navigable ocean, the U.S. Coast Guard has estimated that there has been a 300-percent increase in human activity in the Arctic, requiring a new era of public-private partnership. These changing conditions raise the strategic stakes and offer unprecedent... More
  • No Accountability One Year After the EPA-caused, DOI-approved Gold King Mine Disaster
    Press Release
    Aug 5, 2016 -
    Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Gold King Mine blowout near Silverton, Colorado. House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “A year later, the Obama Administration still won’t tell us the whole truth. Accounts of ... More
  • Obama Administration’s Final NEPA Guidance Deserves Gold Medal for Legal Gymnastics
    Press Release
    Aug 2, 2016 -
    Today, the Obama Administration’s White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued a sweeping and controversial National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) guidance on greenhouse gas emissions. House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “There they go again, mo... More
  • Letter: Members Call on Interior to Withdraw Methane Rule, Address Agency Failures Worsening Emissions
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    Jul 27, 2016 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) sent a letter to the Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell about the extreme regulatory burden and overreach of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) methane venting and flaring rule. “This rule adds ... More

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