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  • 26 Northwest Lawmakers Highlight the Importance of the Columbia River Treaty
    Press Release
    Apr 15, 2014 -
    Today, all 26 lawmakers representing Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Idaho urged President Obama to make the future of the 1964 Columbia River Treaty a priority for 2014. In a letter led by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA), and House Natural Resources Committe... 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
  • Chairman Hastings Looks Ahead to 2014
    Press Release
    Dec 12, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following statement at today’s Full Committee hearing previewing several activities and focuses for next year: “Before proceeding with today’s hearing, there are several general announcements that I would like to make regarding Committee busi... More
  • Chairman Hastings’ Statement at Conference Committee Meeting on WRRDA
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    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 Statement on DOE’s Memorandum on the Bonneville Power Administration
    Press Release
    Oct 24, 2013 -
    Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement regarding the memorandum issued today by the Department of Energy on the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA): “The Bonneville Power Administration provides millions of American families and small businesses in the Pacific North... More
  • Witnesses Agree Federal Regulatory Changes will Benefit Current and Future Hydropower Projects
    Press Release
    Sep 19, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power held an oversight hearing on “Keeping Hydropower Affordable and Reliable: The Protection of Existing Hydropower Investments and the Promotion of New Development.” This hearing highlighted how existing federal and non-federal hydropower resources are com... More
  • Hastings, DeFazio Ask Energy Secretary Moniz to Help Keep Electricity Affordable for Pacific Northwest Ratepayers
    Press Release
    Sep 10, 2013 -
    Today, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) and Ranking Democratic Member Peter DeFazio (OR-04) sent a letter to Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz urging him to listen to regional electric customer input before implementing new proposals that could force additional operating costs on the Bonne... More
  • Chairman Hastings and Ranking Member DeFazio Letter to Energy Secretary Moniz Urging Affordable Electricity for Pacific Northwest Ratepayers
    Letters
    Sep 10, 2013 -
    Dear Secretary Moniz: As the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee, we urge you to allow a pending fact-finding initiative on integrating wind and other intermittent resources be completed in order to allow the Bonneville Power Administration (Bonneville) and the Western Area Power Admini... More
  • Hastings, McClintock Applaud Senate Passage of House Bill to Expand Renewable Hydropower Production
    Press Release
    Aug 2, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) and Water and Power Subcommittee Chairman Tom McClintock (CA-04) today applauded the Senate passage of H.R. 678, the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act, which would create new American jobs and by authorizing more... More
  • Witnesses Stress Importance of Hydropower Development for Job Creation & Economic Growth
    Press Release
    May 23, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power held a legislative hearing on H.R. 1963, The Bureau of Reclamation Conduit Hydropower Development Equity and Jobs Act. Sponsored by Rep. Steve Daines (MT-At Large), this bill would create new American jobs and expand production of clean, renewable hydro... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    May 7, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Wall Street Journal – Alison Sider: “Coastal Governors Want More Offshore Drilling” Fuel Fix OpEd – Jeff Miller: “Guest Commentary: Deep-water oil and gas essential to global energy future” Associated Press: “Steam proposed to extract central Wyoming oil” The Atlantic – Ste... More
  • House Committee on Natural Resources Now on Instagram
    Blog
    May 6, 2013 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources launched a profile on Instagram. It will feature behind-the-scenes photos of Committee events and hearings, as well as pictures of national parks, forests, American energy, rivers and lakes, fish and wildlife and many other topics under the Committee’s jurisdiction. To fo... More
  • Utah Lt. Governor Discuss Economic Impacts of Potential Sage Grouse ESA Listing
    Blog
    Apr 17, 2013 -
    At a Full Committee hearing today on energy production on state versus federal lands, Utah Lt. Governor Greg Bell took a moment during his testimony to discuss the potential economic impacts of the sage-grouse being listed under the Endangered Species Act. He notes how states have effectively worked together with feder... More
  • Water and Power Subcommittee Examines Obama Administration Policies that Could Increase Electricity Rates & Decrease Water Supply
    Press Release
    Apr 16, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power held an oversight hearing examining the spending priorities outlined in the President’s FY2014 budget requests for the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), the four Power Marketing Administrations (PMAs), and the U.S. Geological Survey’s Water Program. ... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Apr 11, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: The Hill – Pete Kasperowicz: "House votes 416-7 in favor of easing hydropower regs" Roll Call – Niels Lesniewski: "Interior Pick Moves Forward After Sage Grouse Dispute" New York Times – Matthew Wald: "New Solar Process Gets More Out of Natural Gas" Bonner County Daily Bee:... More
  • Floor Action: Committee Members Speak on Plan to Create Jobs and Expand Hydropower
    Blog
    Apr 10, 2013 -
    On Wednesday, April 10, 2013 the House of Representatives Passed H.R. 678, the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act, with a bipartisan vote of 416-7. The bill is designed to create new American jobs and expand production of clean, renewable hydropower by eliminating bureaucratic... More
  • House Approves Plan to Create Jobs & Expand Clean, Renewable Hydropower Production
    Press Release
    Apr 10, 2013 -
    Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 678, the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act, with a bipartisan vote of 416-7. This legislation, sponsored by Rep. Scott Tipton (CO-03), would create new American jobs and expand production of clean, renewable hydropower by elimin... More
  • Chairman Hastings: Time to Cut Red Tape to Expand the Development of Small Conduit Hydropower
    Floor Statements
    Apr 10, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings delivered the following statement on the House floor today in support of H.R. 678, the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act. The bill is a bipartisan legislation designed to create new American jobs and expand production of... More
  • Organizations Support Bipartisan Plan to Create New American Jobs and Expand Production of Clean, Renewable Hydropower
    Resourceful Information
    Apr 9, 2013 -
    Organizations representing various sectors are calling for passage of H.R. 678, the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act, a common sense bipartisan plan that authorizes clean, renewable hydropower development, streamlines the regulatory process, and reduces administrative costs ... More
  • VIDEO: Rep. Scott Tipton's Hydropower Bill Heads to House Floor
    Blog
    Mar 26, 2013 -
    H.R. 678, the “Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act,” passed through the House Committee on Natural Resources last week. Sponsored by Rep. Scott Tipton (CO-03), the legislation creates new American jobs and expands production of clean, renewable hydropower by cutting duplicativ... More
  • Meet our Members: Rep. Doug LaMalfa (CA-01)
    Blog
    Mar 25, 2013 -
    Representing California's 1st District, located in the Northeast corner of the state, Congressman LaMalfa discusses his background in Agriculture and the variety of natural resources in his district. This year, in fact, Rep. LaMalfa's family celebrates 82 years in the rice farming business. See what Rep. LaMalfa has to... More
  • Committee Approves Bill to Generate New, Clean Hydropower, Create Jobs, and Streamline Government Red Tape
    Press Release
    Mar 20, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee passed H.R. 678, the “Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act,” with a bipartisan vote of 17-12. Sponsored by Rep. Scott Tipton (CO-03), the legislation creates new American jobs and expands production of clean, renewable hydropower by c... More
  • Meet Our Members: Rep. Steve Daines (MT) Discusses the 'Treasure State'
    Blog
    Mar 18, 2013 -
    The Committee continues its "Meet our Members" series with Congressman Steve Daines, representing Montana At-Large. In this segment, Rep. Daines describes growing up as a fifth generation Montanan in the 'Treasure State,' and how its variety of natural resources and national parks really comprise the state's treasures... More
  • Chairman Hastings Honored by National Energy Group for Public Service
    Blog
    Mar 13, 2013 -
    Today, Chairman Hastings accepted the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Public Service Award at their Legislative Rally in Washington, D.C. Initiated in 1978, the award recognizes elected officials whose activities have furthered the objectives of public power. Chairman Hastings has been a voice for the needs ... More
  • Bipartisan Hydropower Bills Streamline Red Tape to Create Jobs; Produce New, Clean Electricity
    Press Release
    Mar 5, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power held a legislative hearing on H.R. 678, the “Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act,” and H.R. 254, the "Bonneville Unit Clean Hydropower Facilitation Act.” Both bills are bipartisan plans to create new American jo... More
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