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  • 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: National Park Service Centennial Act Improves National Park System for Future Generations
    Press Release
    Dec 2, 2015 -
    The Subcommittee on Federal Lands today held a legislative hearing on a discussion draft of the National Park Service Centennial Act, which provides new funding and management authority to prepare the National Park Service (NPS) for the commemoration of its centennial in 2016. Chairman Bishop commented following the he... More
  • Bishop: LWCF Must Be Reformed to Help Americans
    Press Release
    Nov 18, 2015 -
    The Committee on Natural Resources today held a legislative hearing on the Protecting America’s Recreation and Conservation (PARC) Act discussion draft, which proposes to reauthorize and reform the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Chairman Bishop commented following the hearing: “Today, we heard from states and... More
  • Bishop Letter to U.S. Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze
    Letters
    Nov 17, 2015 -
    TO: The Honorable Neil Kornze FROM: Rob Bishop, Chairman Dear Director Kornze: I am writing to express concerns regarding the Bureau of Land Management's ("BLM") proposed updates to Onshore Orders 3, 4, and 5. Collectively, these orders address the measurement, collection and securing of information relating to produce... More
  • Bishop: Onshore Orders Regulation Needs Stakeholder Input to Protect Future Federal Land Development
    Press Release
    Nov 17, 2015 -
    Today, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) sent a letter to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil Kornze, outlining concerns with the BLM’s proposed revisions to how the federal government measures and verifies oil and gas production rates on federal lands (Onshore Orders 3,4, and 5). “I am deeply concerned that the BLM... More
  • Committee Unveils Federal Footprint Map
    Press Release
    Nov 17, 2015 -
    Today, the Committee on Natural Resources released the Federal Footprint Map, which details the immense scale of federal land ownership and regulation in the United States. This interactive tool gathers data from federal agencies and will be used as an educational resource for Members of Congress and their staff, repor... More
  • Bishop Releases Land and Water Conservation Fund Reforms
    Press Release
    Nov 5, 2015 -
    Today, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released a discussion draft of legislation titled the “Protecting America’s Recreation and Conservation (PARC) Act,” which includes several substantive reforms to update the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), enacted in 1965. “The LWCF’s current lopsided funding ratio makes limit... More
  • Wall Street Journal: Government Land Grab
    In Case You Missed It
    Nov 3, 2015 -
    The Obama Administration has spent years invading broad parts of the economy from finance to health care, but less noticed is the takeover of, well, actual land. Witness the standoff over a 50-year-old public land program that has devolved into a watering hole for seizing private property. The Land and Water Conservati... More
  • Bishop Response to WSJ Editorial on the Land and Water Conservation Fund
    Press Release
    Nov 3, 2015 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resource Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in response to an editorial in the Wall Street Journal: “One of the harshest things that a government can do is to take away a citizen’s land and home. The fact that for 50 years the Land and Water Conservation Fund has... More
  • Bishop Letter to the Honorable Sally Jewell and the Honorable Tom Vilsack
    Letters
    Oct 7, 2015 -
    TO: The Honorable Sally Jewell The Honorable Tom Vilsack FROM: Rob Bishop, Chairman Dear Secretaries Jewell and Vilsack: The Land and Water Conservation Fund Act (LWCF) is over 50 years old and has only been amended a few times in that 50 years. The House Committee on Natural Resources (Committee) is closely examining ... More
  • Bishop Requests Information from Departments on Federal Land Grabs Through LWCF
    Press Release
    Oct 7, 2015 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) sent a letter to U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting information about federal agencies recent land acquisitions and stewardship of existing federal lands. Th... More
  • Bishop: Special Interests Will Not Prevent Congress from Modernizing LWCF, Protecting State and Local Recreational Access
    Press Release
    Sep 25, 2015 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) today issued the following statement on efforts to modernize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Act of 1965. “Both Republicans and Democrats support the original intent of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, but the program has drifted far from ... More
  • Chairman Bishop, Senator Daines, and Rep. Westerman Announce Press Call to Discuss Wildfire Legislation and Funding
    Press Release
    Sep 22, 2015 -
    On Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 4:00PM EST, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), and Representative Bruce Westerman (R-AR) will hold a press call to discuss catastrophic wildfire legislation and the Obama Administration’s recent request to Congress for wildfire suppression funding. Details are a... More
  • Bloomberg BNA: Wildfires May Spur FY 2016 Funding Changes While Leaving Policy Issues for Another Day
    In Case You Missed It
    Sep 18, 2015 -
    The severe fire season in western U.S. forests has intensified calls for funding changes so that the U.S. Forest Service does not have to borrow money from other accounts to finish out a fiscal year of wildfire suppression. The situation has revived the question of whether a solution can be accomplished through fiscal ... More
  • Bishop Statement on Obama Administration’s Catastrophic Wildfire Request to Congress
    Press Release
    Sep 15, 2015 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) today issued the following statement in response to the Obama Administration’s request for Congress to change the way the nation pays for wildfire suppression. “Changing the way we pay for wildfire suppression is only one small part of a much more serious ... More
  • Washington Post: The Forest Service just had to divert another $250 million to fight wildfires
    In Case You Missed It
    Sep 15, 2015 -
    Top administration officials wrote Congress on Tuesday to urge it–once again–to change the way it budgets for firefighting in light of the disastrous wildfire season in the western U.S. The Agriculture Department just informed lawmakers this week that it will have to transfer $250 million to fighting the forest fires n... More
  • Bishop Responds to Tragic Deaths of Firefighters
    Press Release
    Aug 21, 2015 -
    Today, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) responded to the loss of the three firefighters who lost their lives fighting the Twisp River fire in Washington State this week: Tom Zbyszewski, 20, Andrew Zajac, 26, and Richard Wheeler, 31. This follows the deaths of David Ruhl, 38, and Michael Hallenback, 21, who died fighting two ... More
  • Bishop: Methane Plan Flies in Face of Technological Reality
    Press Release
    Aug 18, 2015 -
    Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposal for limiting methane from the oil and natural gas industry. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in response: “The EPA’s plan to limit emissions flies in the face of technological reality. The truth is that while the oil and nat... More
  • Bishop Requests GAO Report on Stream Buffer Zone Rule
    Press Release
    Jul 15, 2015 -
    Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) today requested that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) conduct a review of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement’s (“OSM”) compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in the development and drafting of the Obama Admin... More
  • Bishop: Surreptitious White House Land Grab is Shameful Executive Move, Makes Mess of Democratic Process
    Press Release
    Jul 10, 2015 -
    Today, the President announced plans to unilaterally designate more than one million acres in Basin and Range in Nevada, Waco Mammoth in Texas, and Berryessa Snow Mountain in California as monuments – totaling already six this year, and 19 since he’s been in office. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following sta... More
  • House Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Address Catastrophic Wildfire, End Fire Borrowing
    Press Release
    Jul 9, 2015 -
    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2647, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015 with bipartisan support by a vote of 262-167. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR), the chief sponsor of the legislation, supported by 175 forestry, labor, wildlife and water groups, issued the fol... More
  • Bishop Statement on Agreement of Catastrophic Wildfire Legislation
    Press Release
    Jul 2, 2015 -
    Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement on the agreement reached for consideration of the bipartisan Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015 (H.R. 2647), introduced by Rep. Westerman (R-AR), by the full House of Representatives the week of July 5, 2015. H.R. 2647 will be considered as part of a legislat... More
  • Chairman Tom McClintock Opening Statement at the Subcommittee on Federal Lands Hearing on a Discussion Draft
    Press Release
    Jun 3, 2015 -
    Rep. Tom McClintock (CA-04), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Federal Lands made the following opening statement at today's hearing on a Discussion Draft entitled "Returning Resilience to our Overgrown, Fire-prone National Forests Act of 2015." Remarks as prepared - Today the Subcommittee on Federal Lands meets to consi... More
  • Litigation Fanning Flames on National Forests; Bipartisan Support for Active Management is a Necessary Cure
    Press Release
    Jun 3, 2015 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a legislative hearing on a discussion draft titled "Returning Resilience to our Overgrown, Fire-prone National Forests Act of 2015." “I want to thank Forest Service Chief Tidwell and all of our witnesses for the positive testimony on the Committee’s draft legislation. As we... More
  • Chaffetz, Bishop, Lummis, McClintock, & Gosar Call on the BLM to Suspend the Merger of Arizona and New Mexico State Offices
    Letters
    May 18, 2015 -
    TO: The Honorable Neil Kornze FROM: Jason Chaffetz, Chairman Rob Bishop, Chairman Cynthia M. Lummis, Chairman Tom McClintock, Chairman Paul Gosar, Member Dear Mr. Kornze: According to media reports, you are considering merging the New Mexico and Arizona Bureau of Land Management (BLM) state offices in an attempt to boo... More

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