• EPA Considering Ban on Lead Bullets, Imposing New Costs and Restriction on Hunters, Sport Shooters and Fishermen
    Press Release
    Aug 27, 2010 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) consideration of a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity to ban all lead ammunition: “This potential ban on lead bullets is another massive power grab ... More
  • National Park Service Turns 94
    Blog
    Aug 25, 2010 -
    On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill creating the National Park Service, a new federal bureau of the Department of the Interior responsible for protecting the 35 national parks and monuments then managed by the Department. Today, the National Park System comprises 392 national parks and 2,461 nati... More
  • News Driving the Day: Obama Administration Knew Drilling Ban Could Cost Tens of Thousands of Jobs
    Blog
    Aug 23, 2010 -
    Gulf Drilling Ban Would Cost 23,000 Jobs, Regulator Estimates in Memo (Bloomberg 8/23/10) Gov't: 23K workers affected by Gulf oil drill ban (AP 8/22/10) Admin. Estimated 23,000 Jobs Lost to Moratorium (RedState 8/23/10) U.S. Saw Drill Ban Killing Many Jobs (WSJ 8/21/10) Report: Interior pins 23,000 job losses on deepw... More
  • VIDEO RELEASE: Dangers on the U.S. Border
    Press Release
    Aug 18, 2010 -
    Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee released a new web video today highlighting the crime, violence and environmental damage taking place on federal lands along the U.S. border. Environmental regulations, enforced by the Department of the Interior, are hindering U.S. Border Patrol’s efforts to effectiv... More
  • Five Facts Everyone Should Know About Rep. Melancon’s Deeply Flawed Amendment on Deepwater Drilling Moratorium
    Press Release
    Aug 4, 2010 -
    On Friday, the House of Representatives debated the CLEAR Act (HR 3534), which included taking a vote on Rep. Charlie Melancon’s (D-LA) amendment to supposedly end the deepwater drilling moratorium. As word gets out that this amendment won’t actually lift the Obama Administration’s job-killing moratorium, Rep. Melancon... More
  • Resources Republicans Predicted the Senate “Skeddadle”: Majority Leader Reid Throws House Dems Under Bus AGAIN, Skips Town Without Even Voting on Oil Spill Bill
    Press Release
    Aug 3, 2010 -
    Just as predicted, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Democrats have decided to skip town without even voting on an oil spill response bill, leaving their House Democrat colleagues to defend their recent vote on the job-killing, new-$22-billion-energy-tax-imposing CLEAR Act (H.R. 3534) during the August reces... More
  • Hastings: CLEAR Act Will Kill Jobs, Raise Taxes, Increase Federal Spending, and Cause Even Greater Economic Pain
    Press Release
    Jul 30, 2010 -
    Today during floor debate on the CLEAR Act, House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Doc Hastings (WA-04) emphasized the lost jobs, increased spending and higher taxes that would result from passage of the bill. He also questioned why an “oil spill response bill” would include a $22 billion energy tax and $30 b... More
  • Hastings Floor Statement on The CLEAR Act (H.R. 3534), A Bill that Would Kill Jobs, Raise Taxes and Increase Spending
    Floor Statements
    Jul 30, 2010 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following statement on the House floor today regarding the Democrats’ CLEAR Act - a bill that would kill jobs, raise taxes and increase spending: Click here to watch the floor speech Mr. Chairman, I yield myself such time as I may consu... More
  • Roundup of CLEAR Act (H.R. 3534) Documents
    Resourceful Information
    Jul 30, 2010 -
    Statement of Republican Policy Amendment to H.R. 3534, the CLEAR ACT Republican Leader John Boehner America Facing Higher Energy Costs, Fewer Jobs Under Dems’ Energy Bill Boehner: Dems Exploit Gulf Tragedy for Job-Destroying Tax on American Energy House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence Pence Warns of Democrats... More
  • Rep. Cassidy: Gulf Coast Can't Afford CLEAR Disaster
    Blog
    Jul 30, 2010 -
    Gulf Coast Can't Afford CLEAR Disaster By Rep. Bill Cassidy Friday, July 30, 2010 Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) Two man-made disasters have hit the Gulf Coast: the BP oil spill and the President’s moratorium on energy production. A third disaster is scheduled for a vote in the House today. Two hundred twenty-six days befor... More
  • Rep. Cassidy Op-Ed in The Hill: Gulf Coast Can't Afford CLEAR Disaster
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    Jul 30, 2010 -
    Gulf Coast Can't Afford CLEAR Disaster The Hill Op-Ed Friday, July 30, 2010 By Rep. Bill Cassidy Two man-made disasters have hit the Gulf Coast: the BP oil spill and the President’s moratorium on energy production. A third disaster is scheduled for a vote in the House today. Two hundred twenty-six days before the Deep... More
  • Rep. Hastings Unveils New Congressional Website
    Blog
    Jul 30, 2010 -
    Yesterday, House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Republican Doc Hastings (WA-04) unveiled his new Congressional website. Click on the image below to read more about Doc and the Central Washington district he represents. More
  • Federalization in CLEAR Act Usurps States Rights To Regulate Own Waters
    Resourceful Information
    Jul 29, 2010 -
    A massive federal power grab is included in the Democrat’s CLEAR Act in the form of a provision that requires the federal government to take over energy permitting in state waters. This is in response to the oil spill that occurred in federal waters and was supposed to be regulated by the federal government? It has abs... More
  • Eliminating Liability Limits Kills Independent Producers Could Cost 300,000 Jobs, $147 Billion in Revenue
    Resourceful Information
    Jul 29, 2010 -
    In a move that could further deteriorate the Gulf’s economy, the CLEAR Act would set unlimited liability on offshore operators. While there is bipartisan agreement on the need for Congress to address and adjust existing liability caps, the unintended consequences of completely eliminating the cap could cost hundreds of... More
  • Will the Senate Once Again Leave House Dems High and Dry?
    Resourceful Information
    Jul 29, 2010 -
    Although the House is expected to vote tomorrow on “oil spill” legislation (The CLEAR Act), things aren’t going as well over on the other side of the Capitol. According to The Hill: “Senate Democrats and Republicans appear on a collision course that would sink chances of passing oil-spill and energy legislation amid di... More
  • Ocean Zoning in CLEAR Act Kills Jobs Onshore and Offshore
    Resourceful Information
    Jul 29, 2010 -
    The CLEAR Act stretches far beyond the Gulf oil spill and offshore drilling by creating Regional Coordination Councils to implement marine spatial planning or “ocean zoning.” This could lock-up large portions of the ocean to fishing, energy production and other recreational activities. The mandatory zoning of oceans co... More
  • CLEAR Act Includes $30 Billion Mandatory Spending Increase, Entire Amount Open to Earmarks
    Resourceful Information
    Jul 29, 2010 -
    A hallmark of this Democrat controlled Congress has been the dramatic increase in spending, and they keep that tradition going strong with the CLEAR Act. The bill includes an over $30 billion increase in new, mandatory spending over the next 30 years for programs that are completely unrelated to the oil spill. Even mor... More
  • Republicans Stress the Importance of Protecting and Expanding Low-Cost, Carbon-Free Hydropower
    Press Release
    Jul 29, 2010 -
    Today, during a Natural Resources Water and Power Subcommittee hearing on “Investment in Small Hydropower: Prospects for Expanding Low Impact and Affordable Hydropower Generation in the West,” Republicans highlighted the necessity of protecting existing hydropower resources and making it an essential part of an all-of-... More
  • White House Continues to Exploit Oil Spill Tragedy to Push Cap-and-Trade National Energy Tax
    Resourceful Information
    Jul 29, 2010 -
    White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs kept the dream of a cap-and-trade national energy tax alive this week by confirming that it’s still not too late to exploit the tragedy in the Gulf in order to push through this job-killing measure. On Tuesday during his press briefing, Gibbs said he wouldn’t rule out the possib... More
  • Democrats’ Offshore “Oil Spill” Bill Makes Significant Changes to Onshore Energy Leasing
    Resourceful Information
    Jul 29, 2010 -
    In yet another example of House Democrats exploiting the oil spill to pass unrelated legislation, the CLEAR Act (H.R. 3534) makes fundamental changes to onshore federal energy leasing. This will not only affect leasing for natural gas and oil, but also for renewable energy like wind and solar. In addition, the new $22 ... More
  • Hastings: Democrats are Using the Oil Spill as an Excuse to Raise Taxes and Increase Spending
    Floor Statements
    Jul 29, 2010 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following statement on the House floor today regarding the Democrats’ CLEAR Act - a bill that would kill jobs, raise taxes and increase spending: Click here to watch the floor speech “Instead of directly addressing the Gulf oil spill tr... More
  • Houston Chronicle: Other Energy Issues Seep into Spill Legislation
    In Case You Missed It
    Jul 29, 2010 -
    Other Energy Issues Seep into Spill Legislation July 28, 2010, 7:33PM Houston Chronicle Jennifer A. Dlouhy WASHINGTON — Energy legislation advancing in the Senate would force companies to reveal closely held details about the chemical cocktails they use to extract natural gas from shale rock, imposing the first federal... More
  • Taxation with Plenty of Litigation
    Dear Colleagues
    Jul 29, 2010 -
    Read the full Dear Colleague HERE. CLEAR Act’s $22 Billion Energy Tax Kills American Jobs, Helps Foreign Oil, Costs Taxpayers Billions in Court Fees The CLEAR Act imposes a new energy tax costing $22 billion over ten years – with the taxes eventually climbing to nearly $3 billion per year. Specifically, it creates a ne... More
  • Democrats’ Offshore Oil Spill Bill Makes Significant Changes to Onshore Energy Leasing
    Dear Colleagues
    Jul 29, 2010 -
    July 29, 2010 Democrats’ Offshore Oil Spill Bill Makes Significant Changes to Onshore Energy Leasing Increases onshore energy taxes, threatens onshore energy jobs Dear Colleague: In yet another example of House Democrats exploiting the oil spill to pass unrelated legislation, the CLEAR Act (H.R. 3534) makes fundamental... More
  • Good Release from Republican Leader John Boehner on the CLEAR Act
    Blog
    Jul 29, 2010 -
    Tomorrow, the House is expected to vote on the Democrats’ so-called energy legislation (H.R. 3534) that will destroy jobs, increase energy costs, and make America more dependent on foreign oil. Read what House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) said regarding the devastating impact this bill will have on American fa... More
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