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  • Antiquities Act Abuse Heads East
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    Jun 25, 2016 -
    OP-ED: Antiquities Act Abuse Heads East By Rep. Rob Bishop Some say cultural trends start on the West Coast and make their way East, but one trend moving eastward is bad news for New Englanders. In my home state of Utah, the federal government owns 65 percent of the land. That is a problem. In the waning days of his a... More
  • PROMESA Promises Hope for Puerto Rico and Its Investors
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    May 22, 2016 -
    OP-ED: PROMESA Promises Hope for Puerto Rico and Its Investors By Rep. Rob Bishop & Rep. Sean Duffy Chapter 9 bankruptcy isn’t the only option for Puerto Rico With great power comes great responsibility. Under the U.S. Constitution, Congress is vested with the power to “make all needful rules and regulations respectin... More
  • Bold Thinking Needed on Title Transfers
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    Mar 29, 2016 -
    OP-ED: Bold Thinking Needed on Title Transfers By Congressman Rob Bishop Chairman, House Committee on Natural Resources Throughout much of the last century, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation projects have played a significant role in western settlement and development. These projects have provided those in Utah—and elsewhere... More
  • Duplicity at the Gold King Mine
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    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
  • Freeing Indians From Obama's Grip
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    Oct 28, 2015 -
    OP-ED: Freeing Indians From Obama's Grip Wall Street Journal Chairman Rob Bishop Poor access to health care, drug and alcohol abuse, teen suicide, and a lack of job opportunities plague Indian reservations across the country. With unemployment rates in a number of large Indian communities well over 50%, many tribes li... More
  • Resurrecting 'Eureka' in California
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    Sep 21, 2015 -
    OP-ED: Resurrecting 'Eureka' in California National Review Chairman Rob Bishop “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 generations: It’s a uniquely Amer... More
  • Federal Government Undermining Technology in the Energy Era
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    Jul 22, 2015 -
    OP-ED: Federal Government Undermining Technology in the Energy Era By Rob Bishop A country that undermines its own technological advancements is a country in peril. A decade ago, establishment experts, bureaucrats, and environmental extremists were convinced the world was running out of fossil fuels - the organic ener... More
  • Protect Forests Too Much and They Go Up in Flames
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    Jul 7, 2015 -
    OP-ED: Protect Forests Too Much and They Go Up in Flames By Rep. Rob Bishop Today, 58 million acres of our nation's forests, an area slightly larger than my home state of Utah, are in danger of being burned to a crisp. The higher estimate reaches 86 million acres – add in a Michigan. What has made our nation's forests... More
  • Assessing the State of Water and Power in the West
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    Mar 20, 2015 -
    OP-ED: Assessing the State of Water and Power in the West Water and Power Report By Congressman Rob Bishop Chairman, House Committee on Natural Resources Those of us from the western United States are fully aware of what irrigated agriculture means to our local ways of life, regional economies, domestic food supplies,... More
  • In Lieu of the Cane, a Reflection on Conservation Policy
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    Mar 4, 2015 -
    In Lieu of the Cane, a Reflection on Conservation Policy | Commentary By Rep. Rob Bishop More than 200 years ago, Rep. Roger Griswold of Connecticut used his wooden cane to bludgeon Rep. Matthew Lyon of Vermont on the House floor. Had Griswold any respect for Lyon, he would have challenged him to a duel. I raise the G... More
  • America's Arctic blink
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    Feb 5, 2015 -
    OP-ED: America's Arctic blink The Washington Times Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) February 5, 2015 The response should never be to falter when your enemy stares you down, but that’s just what President Obama has done with OPEC. He sent a signal: America will blink. Last week, the Obama administration issued two edicts th... More
  • Chairman Hastings Delivers Speech on the Magnuson-Stevens Act
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    Apr 24, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following speech today at the University of Washington, School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, Symposium on the Magnuson-Stevens Act: “Thank you for having me here today to discuss the Magnuson-Stevens Act and our current efforts in Congress t... More
  • Hastings Calls on Senate to Act on Healthy Forest Management and Jobs Bill
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    Apr 23, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following speech today at the Western Regional Forest Resources Association Spring Meeting in Pasco, WA. In the speech, Chairman Hastings talked about the House bill (H.R. 1526) that would put tens of thousands of Americans back to work, prov... More
  • Chairman Hastings' Remarks at the Annual Meeting of the National Water Resources Association
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    Apr 2, 2014 -
    Today, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following prepared remarks at the National Water Resources Association Annual Meeting, highlighting hydropower as a clean, renewable energy resource; California water issues; and the need to update and improve the Endangered Species Ac... More
  • Reps. Bishop and Daines Op-Ed in Roll Call: Give the American People a Voice in the National Monument Process
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    Mar 26, 2014 -
    OP-ED: Give the American People a Voice in the National Monument Process Roll Call Reps. Rob Bishop (UT-01) and Steve Daines (MT-At Large) March 25, 2014 The Antiquities Act was established in 1906 as a way for the president to single-handedly create new national monuments. The law provides the president with the expr... More
  • Chairman Hastings and Rep. Lummis' Joint Op-Ed in The Daily Caller: Improving the Endangered Species Act for the 21st Century
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    Mar 12, 2014 -
    Improving the Endangered Species Act for the 21st Century By ESA Working Group Co-Chairs Doc Hastings and Cynthia Lummis The Daily Caller 3/11/2014 Over forty years ago, Congress passed the Endangered Species Act (ESA) with the noblest of intentions – conserve and recover wildlife facing preventable extinction. This i... More
  • Chairman Hastings’ Statement at Conference Committee Meeting on WRRDA
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    Nov 20, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following opening statement today at the Conference Committee meeting on the Water Resources Reform & Development Act (WRRDA): “Thank you Madam Chairman. I’m pleased to be here as we open this conference committee on this important legislatio... More
  • Chairman Hastings' Op-Ed in The Daily Caller: Protecting the States’ Right to Regulate Hydraulic Fracturing
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    Nov 20, 2013 -
    Protecting the States’ Right to Regulate Hydraulic Fracturing By House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings The Daily Caller 11/19/2013 Hardworking American families have long been feeling the effects of anemic economic growth, unemployment that’s been too high for too long, and energy prices that should ... More
  • Chairman Hastings Op-Ed in The Hill: Time to Unlock our Offshore Energy Resources
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    Jun 26, 2013 -
    Time to Unlock our Offshore Energy Resources By: House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings The Hill June 26, 2013 Remember when gas prices were under $2 a gallon? It wasn’t that long ago. In fact, the price of a gallon of gas was just $1.89 when President Obama took office in January 2009. Prices have ne... More
  • Chairman Hastings' Speech at the Pacific Fishery Management Council's Managing Our Nation's Fisheries Conference
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    May 7, 2013 -
    I want to thank Dr. McIsaac, the Regional Fishery Management Councils – in particular, the Pacific Council - and NOAA for hosting this conference. Pulling together a conference involving this many people who have an interest in fisheries management cannot be an easy task. I would like to welcome all of you here to Wash... More
  • Chairman Hastings' Keynote Speech before the Family Farm Alliance Annual Conference
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    Feb 22, 2013 -
    Thank you for that warm welcome and introduction, Mike (LaPlant). For those of you who don’t know, Mike is the President of the Washington State Farm Bureau and a Director of the Quincy-Columbia Basin Irrigation District. Mike is not only a constituent from Ephrata, Washington, but a friend. And I want to thank you at ... More
  • Chairman Hastings' Op-Ed in The Hill: Federal helium program: Reforms need to address shortages, inject free-market principles
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    Dec 10, 2012 -
    Federal helium program: Reforms need to address shortages, inject free-market principles By: Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings December 10, 2012 For most Americans, the word helium may conjure up images of party balloons and cartoon characters floating in the Thanksgiving Day Parade, but few recognize ... More
  • Chairman Hastings' Op-Ed in Politico: Barack Obama's campaign against coal
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    Sep 12, 2012 -
    Barack Obama’s campaign against coal By: Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings Politico Wednesday, September 12, 2012 During President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, he declared one of his energy goals was to “bankrupt” the coal industry by making electricity prices “skyrocket.” That policy sta... More
  • Chairman Hastings' Op-Ed in The Hill: President Obama's offshore drilling plan must be replaced
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    Jul 23, 2012 -
    President Obama’s offshore drilling plan must be replaced By: House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings The Hill July 23, 2012 While the American people and news media were distracted by the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare, the Obama Administration quietly released its final proposed offshore drill... More
  • Chairman Hastings' Op-Ed on FOX News: Obama's national ocean policy threatens jobs and economic activities onshore and off
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    Jun 20, 2012 -
    Obama's national ocean policy threatens jobs and economic activities onshore and off By House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings Foxnews.com June 19, 2012 In the famous poem “Paul Revere’s Ride,” Revere instructs his fellow patriots to use lanterns to signal whether there’s an attack coming by land or s... More
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