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  • House Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Deliver Relief to People Suffering From Western Drought
    Press Release
    Jul 16, 2015 -
    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015 with bipartisan support by a vote of 245-176. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement upon final passage. “In the midst of the drought crisis in California and the West, H.R. 2898 will l... More
  • H.R. 2898: The Bill Where Everybody Wins
    Blog
    Jul 15, 2015 -
    The current regulatory framework for water in the West is wrought with twists, turns, obstacles, and wasted resources. Follow the path and find how H.R. 2898, The Western Water and American Food Security Act, provides relief from challenges caused by inconsistent laws, court decisions, and regulations at the state and ... More
  • Committee Passes Legislation to Alleviate Drought Impacts in California and the West
    Press Release
    Jul 9, 2015 -
    Today, the Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015 with a bipartisan vote of 23-12. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) commented upon the Committee vote: “Californians and Westerners are victims of baneful man-made environmental laws which are intensifying their... More
  • Committee Passes Legislation to Facilitate New and Expanded Water Storage Projects; Help Ease Western Drought Effects
    Press Release
    Sep 18, 2014 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee approved with bipartisan support three bills to address the nation’s critical need for new and expanded surface water storage projects. H.R. 3980, the Water Supply Permit Coordinating Act, H.R. 3981, the Accelerated Revenue, Repayment, and Surface Water Storage Enhancement A... More
  • Chairman Hastings' Remarks at the Annual Meeting of the National Water Resources Association
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    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
  • Obama Administration’s Budget Falls Short for Water Storage, Hydropower and Long-Term Drought Relief
    Press Release
    Mar 25, 2014 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power held an oversight hearing examining the spending priorities outlined in the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget request for the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), the Power Marketing Administrations (PMAs), and the U.S. Geological Survey’s Water progr... More
  • FOX News: Farmers Rally to End Man-Made Drought
    Blog
    Mar 21, 2014 -
    Wednesday, March 19th the Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight field hearing in Fresno, CA on "California Water Crisis and Its Impacts: The Need for Immediate and Long-Term Solutions." This field hearing is designed to focus on the need to resolve differences in order to bring immediate and long-term water ... More
  • Video Release: Senate Must Act on Emergency California Drought Legislation
    Press Release
    Feb 7, 2014 -
    On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3964, the Sacramento - San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act, with a bipartisan vote of 229-191. This legislation, sponsored by the entire Republican California delegation, addresses the emergency drought in California by helping to restore some water sup... More
  • House Passes Emergency California Drought Legislation
    Press Release
    Feb 5, 2014 -
    Today, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 3964, the Sacramento - San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act, with a bipartisan vote of 229- 191. This legislation, sponsored by the entire Republican California delegation, addresses the emergency drought in California by restoring some water supplies to prov... More
  • Current Drought Conditions Highlight Need for Water Storage Legislation to Provide Important Water Supplies
    Press Release
    Feb 5, 2014 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power held a legislative hearing on three proposals aimed at jumpstarting surface water storage development through the western United States. “In my central Washington state district, the Yakima Valley is a poster child for needing new surface storage. Conse... More
  • California’s Central Valley: Producing America’s Fruits and Vegetables
    Resourceful Information
    Feb 5, 2014 -
    California’s Central Valley is the state’s agriculture hub, producing over 360 products. California is the sole producer of more than 13 fruits, vegetables and nuts including walnuts, olives, clingstone peaches and sweet rice. California is also the nation’s largest dairy producer with over 1/5th of the Nation’s dairy... More
  • ICYMI: Fox News Highlights Need for California Drought Legislation
    Blog
    Feb 3, 2014 -
    This week the House will consider H.R. 3964, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act, introduced by the Republican California delegation, addresses the emergency drought in California by restoring some water supplies San Joaquin Valley Farmers. The lack of rainfall has exacerbated the man-made dr... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Jul 30, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Fuel Fix – Jennifer A. Dlouhy: “Flores: Fracturing rules would give feds a foot in the door” Washington Times – Ben Wolfgang and Dave Boyer: “Keystone pipeline supporters slam Obama’s skeptical comments on economic impact” Fuel Fix – Emily Pickrell: “Texas will continue to l... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Apr 26, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: McClatchy – Sean Cockerham: “Oil from proposed Keystone pipeline could end up exported” Vancouver Observer – Jenny Uechi: “Keystone XL bill approved by House Committee” USA Today – Susan Davis: “Boehner-led cost-cutting saving millions in the House” Fuel Fix – Jennifer A. D... More
  • Subcommittee Questions Obama Administration's BOR and PMA Budgets that Could Increase Electricity Rates and Decrease Water Deliveries
    Press Release
    Mar 20, 2012 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power held an oversight hearing to examine the negative impacts to water supplies and hydropower rates that will result from the Obama Administration’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget and priorities for the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), the Four Power Marketing Admini... More
  • House Approves Bipartisan Plan to Protect Jobs, Restore Water Deliveries, Prevent Man-Made Droughts in California
    Press Release
    Feb 29, 2012 -
    Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1837, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act, with a bipartisan vote of 246-175. This comprehensive bill would restore water deliveries that have been cut-off due to federal regulations and environmental lawsuits, protect tens of thousands of jobs, ensure... More
  • Chairman Hastings' Floor Statement on Legislation to End Man-Made Droughts in California
    Floor Statements
    Feb 29, 2012 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings delivered the following statement on the House floor today in support of H.R. 1837, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act. The bill would restore water supplies, provide job certainty to farmers and communities in California’s San Joaquin Valley ... More
  • Support S. 1134, A Bipartisan Bridge Proposal to End Bureaucratic Hurdles
    Dear Colleagues
    Feb 29, 2012 -
    Dear Colleague: I strongly encourage my colleagues to support Senate bill 1134 being considered today by the House. This bipartisan bill passed the Senate by unanimous consent and ensures federal law does not prevent the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota from replacing an old, unsafe bridge. The bipartisan support for ... More
  • Wall Street Journal Editorial: Protecting Endangered Farmers
    In Case You Missed It
    Feb 29, 2012 -
    Protecting Endangered Farmers The Wall Street Journal Editorial February 29, 2012 Rick Santorum may have had a point the other day when he said that some environmentalists care more about animals than people. Take the water restrictions the federal government has imposed on California farmers to protect the three-inch... More
  • National and Local Organizations Support Republican Plan to Stop Man-Made California Drought
    Resourceful Information
    Feb 28, 2012 -
    Organizations from across the country are calling for passage of H.R. 1837, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act, legislation to prevent future California man-made droughts. This comprehensive solution will bring water supply certainty to the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys, protect 30,000 jobs, g... More
  • San Joaquin Valley Farmers Initially Slated to Get Fraction of Yearly Water Allocations
    Press Release
    Feb 22, 2012 -
    The Obama Administration’s Bureau of Reclamation today announced that farmers in California’s San Joaquin Valley would initially receive an estimated 30 percent of their allocated water supplies for 2012. Despite experiencing near record precipitation last year, farmers and communities once again face the threat of ano... More
  • Committee Takes Bipartisan Vote to Pass Plan to End Man-Made California Drought, Create Jobs and Ensure Food Security
    Press Release
    Feb 16, 2012 -
    The House Natural Resources Committee today passed H.R. 1837, legislation to prevent future California man-made droughts with a bipartisan vote of 27 to 17. This comprehensive solution will bring jobs and water supply certainty to the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys in California and decrease reliance on foreign foo... More
  • Video Blog: Natural Resources Committee Jobs Watch - Rep. Denham
    Blog
    Oct 11, 2011 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Republicans are committed to putting Americans back to work by enacting policies that embrace America’s abundant natural resources to help create jobs and grow our economy. The Committee continues its Job Watch series this week with Freshman Committee Member Rep. Jeff Denham (CA-19). H... More
  • Local Residents Stress Need for Congressional Action to Address California's Man-Made Drought
    Press Release
    Apr 11, 2011 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power held a field hearing in Fresno, CA on “Creating Jobs by Overcoming Man-Made Drought: Time for Congress to Listen and Act.” At the hearing, Members heard first-hand from local individuals and groups who have been directly impacted by the deliberate diver... More
  • Water and Power Subcommittee Examines Federal Regulations that Cost Jobs and Raise Energy Prices
    Press Release
    Apr 5, 2011 -
    The Subcommittee on Water and Power held an oversight hearing to examine the federal regulations that are blocking job growth and abundant water and power supplies. Attention was also given to potential future regulatory obstacles to water deliveries and hydropower generation that will further compound economic hardshi... More
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