• Democrats Hold Hearing on Administration’s Plan to Constrict Snakes in the Everglades
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    Mar 23, 2010 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife will hold a joint oversight hearing with the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands to examine non-native constrictor snakes as invasive species in the Florida Everglades. The hearing follows Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ken Sa... More
  • House to Vote on H.R. 3644 The Ocean, Coastal, and Watershed Education Act
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    Mar 19, 2010 -
    Today, the House will consider The Ocean, Coastal, and Watershed Education Act (H.R. 3644), which would authorize funding for two programs within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): the Environmental Literacy Grant Program and the Bay-Watershed Education and Training Regional Program (B-WET). Ho... More
  • 850,000 Acres & 34 Wilderness Area Designations = No Access, No Jobs, No Recreation for Coloradans
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    Mar 11, 2010 -
    Click to enlarge Map Key: -- “Off Limits” signs = Land Designated Wilderness Area Under H.R. 4289 (Rep. DeGette) -- Numbers 1-7 and corresponding colors distinguish CO Congressional Districts -- CO Congressional District 1, Rep. Dianna DeGette–NOT affected by H.R. 4289 -- CO Congressional Districts 2,3,5, Reps. Polis,... More
  • Fundamental Changes in Final Text of Native Hawaiian Bill
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    Feb 23, 2010 -
    Today, the House of Representatives will vote on the final rewritten text (Abercrombie substitute) of the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009. This latest version, written in secret without Committee review or markup, contains fundamental changes from the bill that was first introduced in the 111th Co... More
  • President’s Ocean Policy Task Force Prepares to Release Final Recommendations
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    Dec 10, 2009 -
    The Obama Administration’s Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force is scheduled to soon release its final recommendations on national policy for the management of our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes. These recommendations could significantly alter the economic and recreational use of our oceans and have a broad impact on a... More
  • H.R. 2781 Blocks Timber Production, Costing Jobs
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    Nov 17, 2009 -
    This week, the House will consider H.R. 2781, a bill to designate segments of the Molalla River in Oregon as components of the Wild and Scenic River Systems. As with all wild and scenic rivers, this designation could prevent full recreation use and economic development on this land, as well as potentially impact neighb... More
  • Out-of-State Democrats Push Bill to Lock Up More Utah Land
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    Sep 30, 2009 -
    Of the 136 cosponsors, not a single one is from Utah On Thursday, October 1, 2009, the National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subcommittee will hold a hearing on America's Red Rock Wilderness Act of 2009 (H.R. 1925), a bill to establish 9.5 million acres of wilderness land in Utah. This is the latest attempt by Dem... More
  • Republicans Send Message to Obama Administration: Stop Delaying Offshore Drilling and Creation of New Energy Jobs
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    Sep 25, 2009 -
    On September 23rd, Austan Goolsbee, a member of the Council of Economic Advisers and Chief Economist for the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board, told the Washington Post: “It’s a tough spot to be an economic adviser now, because every time you see the president and chief of staff, their thing is kind of ‘What... More
  • Energy Experts Agree: CLEAR Act (H.R. 3534) will Delay American Wind, Solar, Uranium, Oil and Natural Gas Production
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    Sep 18, 2009 -
    Wind and Solar “The renewable energy industry also had objections to the bill. Craig Mataczynski, president and CEO of RES Americas, testified on behalf of the American Wind Energy Association and the Solar Energy Industries Association… The wind and solar industries are concerned about consolidating all energy leasing... More
  • Highlights from Secretary Salazar’s Testimony Before the House Natural Resources Committee
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    Sep 16, 2009 -
    Today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar testified before the House Natural Resources Committee on the Democrats’ Roadblock to Energy Bill (H.R. 3534). Below are excerpts of questions and answers between Secretary Salazar and members of the committee on key issues including H.R. 3534, oil and natural gas production... More
  • Missing from CEA Stimulus Report: All-of-the-Above Energy Jobs
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    Sep 10, 2009 -
    Today, the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) will release a report on the numbers of jobs saved or created due to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In advance of this report, below is a list of jobs that the Obama Administration could save or create – without having to spend $787 billion - by sim... More
  • Natural Resources Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Offshore Drilling Legislation
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    Sep 8, 2009 -
    Tomorrow, the House Natural Resources Energy and Minerals Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “The American Conservation and Clean Energy Independence Act” (H.R. 2227), a bipartisan bill to expand offshore drilling by moving forward with the 2010-2015 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) lease plan. The bill is sponsored by R... More
  • Government Should Not Increase Hunting Costs During Recession In Order to Buy More Private Land
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    Jul 28, 2009 -
    Tomorrow, the House Natural Resources Committee is scheduled to hold a markup of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act Penalty and Enforcement Act of 2009 (H.R. 1916). This bill would increase the cost of the federal duck stamp (used as a hunting permit) from $15 to $25 in 2010 and to $35 in 2020 (more than doubling the cost).... More
  • 9.5% of Americans Are Unemployed….But Democrats Are Off and Running to Create a New $700 Million Welfare Program for Wild Horses
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    Jul 16, 2009 -
    Tomorrow, House Democrats plan to hold a vote on the “Restore Our American Mustangs Act” (H.R.1018), which would create a new $700 million welfare program for wild horses. This floor action comes at a time when unemployment has soared to 9.5 percent, a 26-year high, and the federal deficit has grown to a historic $1 tr... More
  • The National Energy Tax Bill Will Be A Vote of "Historic Proportions?" We Agree.
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    Jun 25, 2009 -
    A Vote of “Historic Proportions?” We Agree. Today, President Obama said: “Right now, the House of Representatives is moving towards a vote of historic proportions….” We agree. When Speaker Pelosi holds a vote tomorrow on the National Energy Tax bill (H.R. 2454) – it will be a vote of historic proportions. Unfortunatel... More
  • Waxman-Markey “Cap and Tax Bill” Allocates More for Wildlife and Tropical Trees than for Jobless Americans
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    Jun 24, 2009 -
    On June 22, 2009, House Democrat Leaders released an updated 1,200 page Waxman-Markey “Cap and Tax” bill (H.R. 2454) that is expected to come to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives as early as Friday, June 26th. In addition to forcing a massive new National Energy Tax upon the American people, buried in this... More
  • Democrat “Energy” Proposal Will Increase Job Losses, Energy Prices, and Dependence on Foreign Imports
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    Jun 19, 2009 -
    Yesterday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy released a report entitled “Taxing Our Way to Energy Insecurity Again,” which examines the impact of proposals included in the Administration’s budget and the Democrat Natural Resources Committee draft “energy” legislation that would levy billi... More
  • Bark Beetle Infestation Creates Massive Forest Fire Threat in the West
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    Jun 15, 2009 -
    On Tuesday, June 16, 2009, the House Natural Resources Subcommittees on Water and Power and National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands will hold a hearing on The Mountain Pine Beetle: Strategies for Saving the West. As Mountain Pine Beetles continue to increase the threat of forest fires throughout the West, Republicans... More
  • 100 Days of Change Americans Can’t Afford
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    Apr 28, 2009 -
    In advance of President Obama’s 100th day in office, House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Doc Hastings released the following statement and timeline regarding the new Administration’s actions on issues related to the Committee: “If past is prologue, President Obama’s first 100 days in office do not bode wel... More
  • California Drought Exacerbated by Man-Made Actions
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    Mar 30, 2009 -
    “This is still a pretty decent drought but nothing unusual…We were prepared, as usual, for the drought, but they have taken all the tools away from us." -- Mr. Tim Quinn, Executive Director, Association of California Water Agencies, Forbes, March 17, 2009 On Tuesday, the House Natural Resources Committee will hold a he... More
  • Republicans: Focus on Job Creation, Not Just Boosting Federal Employee Morale
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    Mar 18, 2009 -
    On Thursday, March 19th, the Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands will hold an oversight hearing entitled “Restoring the Federal Public Lands Workforce” to examine “issues related to the morale and effectiveness” of federal employees. While most Americans would hope that federal em... More
  • “Use it or Lose it” Myths
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    Mar 16, 2009 -
    On Tuesday, March 17th, the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee will hold a hearing entitled “Leasing and Development of Oil and Gas Resources on the Outer Continental Shelf.” Subcommittee Members are expected to discuss a provision in President Obama’s budget to charge a new fee for non-producing leases in the G... More
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