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  • 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”
    Press Release
    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
    In Case You Missed It
    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
  • Chairmen Letter to EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins Jr.
    Letters
    Dec 18, 2015 -
    TO: Inspector General Arthur Elkins Jr. FROM: Rob Bishop, Chairman House Committee on Natural Resources Louie Gohmert, Chairman Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Dear Inspector General Elkins: On August 17, 2015, your office, the Environmental Protection Agency's ("EPA") Office of Inspector General ("OIG"), ... 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
  • Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Bipartisan Mining Reform Legislation in an Underground Mining Classroom
    Press Release
    Dec 14, 2015 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a legislative field hearing in Idaho Springs, Colorado on H.R. 3734, the “Mining Schools Enhancement Act,” introduced by Rep. Cresent Hardy (R-NV). This bill, in combination with H.R. 3843 (Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO)), the “Locatable Minerals Claim Location and... More
  • Bishop: Senate Passage of Tribal Energy Development Bill Lays Path Forward for Final Package
    Press Release
    Dec 11, 2015 -
    Yesterday the Senate passed S. 209, the “Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2015,” a bill similar to H.R. 538, the “Native American Energy Act” that passed the House on October 8, 2015. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “I am pleased the Senate has follo... More
  • Committee Requests Documents from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Peer Review Process of DOI’s Animas Report
    Press Release
    Dec 10, 2015 -
    At yesterday’s oversight hearing on the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Role in the EPA’s Animas Spill, both Republicans and Democrats on the Committee raised numerous questions about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) involvement with the peer review process of the Bureau of Reclamation’s (BOR) study on the ... More
  • Gohmert Letter to Lieutenant General Thomas Bostick
    Letters
    Dec 10, 2015 -
    TO: Lieutenant General Thomas Bostick FROM: Louie Gohmert, Chairman Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Dear General Bostick: On August 5, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") caused the spill of approximately 3 million gallons of contaminated mine water from the Gold King Mine in San Juan County,... More
  • Bishop Letter to the Honorable Gene Dodaro
    Letters
    Dec 9, 2015 -
    TO: The Honorable Gene Dodaro FROM: Rob Bishop, Chairman Dear Mr. Dodaro: On August 5, 2015, an Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") crew working at the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado spilled approximately 3 million gallons of contaminated mine water into Cement Creek. The plume then flowed into the Animas ... More
  • Bishop Requests GAO Investigate Interior’s Obstructionist Tactics on Gold King Mine Spill
    Press Release
    Dec 9, 2015 -
    Following the oversight hearing on the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Role in the EPA’s Animas Spill where Secretary Sally Jewell testified but failed to substantively answer the Committee’s questions, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) requested an independent review from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) ab... More
  • Committee Questions the Interior Department’s Lack of Transparency and Objectivity in Animas Spill Response
    Press Release
    Dec 9, 2015 -
    During the Committee’s oversight hearing on the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Role in the EPA’s Animas Spill, Committee members raised concerns about the DOI’s response to the spill, the lack of transparency and objectivity and the narrow scope of the Bureau of Reclamation’s (BOR) report. Secretary Sally Jewell’s ... More
  • House Passes Legislation to Protect Private Property Rights
    Press Release
    Dec 9, 2015 -
    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2130, the “Red River Private Property Protection Act” by a vote of 253-177. The Committee passed the legislation in September. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) commented upon passage: “The ‘Red River Private Property Protection Act’ stops the Bureau of Land Management’s un... More
  • Bishop: Congress Must Safeguard Integrity of Tribal Recognition Process
    Press Release
    Dec 8, 2015 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs held a second legislative hearing on the Chairman Rob Bishop’s tribal recognition bill (H.R. 3764) to hear from input from Indian Country. The Tribal Recognition Act of 2015 seeks to reestablish Congress’s unique authority to federally recognize tribe... More
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Committee Advances Bipartisan “National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Act”

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