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  • Environmental Laws Threaten Safety in Borderland Communities
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    Apr 28, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on impediments imposed by federal land management regimes in securing the international borders of the United States. Federal land management regulations create obstacles for the United States Border Patrol in effectively securing the border. This l... More
  • Federal Land Management Agency’s Duplicative Regulation Acts in Opposition to Its ‘Stated’ Purpose
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    Apr 27, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on a recent regulation issued by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regarding methane on federal lands. While the BLM has no authority under the Clean Air Act, the rule proposes to greatly expand BLM’s existing regulations to include dup... More
  • Federal Regulatory Process Clouds Renewable Energy Growth
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    Apr 27, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held an oversight hearing to examine the limited growth of hydropower and barriers to expansion. Hydropower is clean, renewable and emissions-free yet still faces large hurdles in the federal regulatory process. Washington state witness Jessica Matlock, Director of Gov... More
  • Bishop Statement on Senate Energy Bill
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    Apr 20, 2016 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement upon Senate passage of S.2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015: “I thank Senator Murkowski for her work on this legislation and congratulate the chamber for acting on a bill. There are a number of additions to the... More
  • Committee Hears Testimony on Bipartisan Fish Predation and Transparency Legislation
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    Apr 20, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held a legislative hearing on three bills: H.R. 1869, “Environmental Compliance Cost Transparency Act of 2015,” H.R. 2993, “Water Recycling Acceleration Act of 2015,” and H.R. 4582, “Save Our Salmon (SOS) Act." H.R. 1869 (Rep. Paul Gosar, R-AZ) provides more transparen... More
  • Committee Reviews Efforts of Land-Grant Universities to Solve Controversial Land Management Problems
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    Apr 20, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands held an oversight hearing on current research efforts and the future of America’s Land-Grant Colleges and Universities (LGU). A panel of representatives from four LGUs discussed current research in natural resources fields they hope can tackle many of the country’s most pressing... More
  • New Obama Administration Habitat Rules Grant Limitless Discretion to Federal Agencies
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    Apr 19, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight hearing on the Obama Administration’s expansive new definitions and revised criteria for designating critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) argued the new rules allow the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the... More
  • Panel Reviews Rep. Thompson's Cooperative Management of Mineral Rights Act of 2015
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    Apr 19, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a legislative hearing on H.R. 3881 introduced by Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA), the “Cooperative Management of Mineral Rights Act of 2015.” The bill clarifies and codifies the repeatedly upheld decision by federal courts to protect the rights of private min... More
  • Bishop: Safety Rules that Undermine Safety Are Irrational
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    Apr 14, 2016 -
    Today, Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced the final well control rule for offshore energy exploration and development. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “I was not alone in pointing out the many failures in the original draft of this rule that would harm existing safety... More
  • Panel: PROMESA Will Solve Puerto Rico’s Economic Crisis and Avoid Federal Bailout
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    Apr 13, 2016 -
    Today, the Committee held a legislative hearing on H.R. 4900, the “Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA).” This is the fourth in a series of hearings to address the deepening fiscal crisis in Puerto Rico. The witnesses testified that the foundations of this bill are legally, economical... More
  • Bishop: Obama Administration’s Proposed Changes to Puerto Rico Legislation Necessitate Markup Delay
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    Apr 13, 2016 -
    Today, after the House Committee on Natural Resources adjourned markup on H.R. 4900, the “Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA),” Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “The Administration is still negotiating on provisions of the legislation, creating uncertainty i... More
  • Committee on Natural Resources Releases Puerto Rico Legislation
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    Apr 12, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources released H.R. 4900, the “Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA).” Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and bill sponsor Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) issued the following statements: “We are nearing the conclusion of a collaborative and open draf... More
  • Bishop Statement on Status of Negotiations Over Puerto Rico Discussion Draft
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    Apr 6, 2016 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement on negotiations to finalize discussion draft legislation concerning Puerto Rico. “Efforts to refine the Committee’s discussion draft continue. All parties are working in good faith as we finalize responsible legislation that ... More
  • Committee Leaders’ Letter to OMB Outlines Unintended Safety Consequences of Well Control Rule
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    Apr 1, 2016 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and House Appropriations Interior and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Ken Calvert (R-CA) sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) to highlight the negative unintended conseque... More
  • House Committee on Natural Resources Releases Puerto Rico Discussion Draft
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    Mar 29, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources released discussion draft legislation on Puerto Rico’s economic crisis. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “Today, the Committee released draft legislation that provides Puerto Rico with tools to impose discipline over its finances, meet its obliga... More
  • Lamborn to OSMRE on Stream Rule: “Someone’s Not Telling The Truth.”
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    Mar 23, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on the President’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal for the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE). Mr. Joseph Pizarchik, Director of OSMRE in the Department of the Interior, testified before the panel. Rep. Ale... More
  • Forest Service Budget Fails to Include New Tools to Prevent Increasingly Catastrophic Wildfires, Improve Management
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    Mar 22, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a hearing on the President’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal for the U.S. Forest Service with U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell testifying. A focal point of the hearing was the Forest Service’s inability to actively manage federal forests and prevent increasingly catas... More
  • Members Call Out Administration for Following the Fixed-Pie Fallacy
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    Mar 22, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held a budget oversight hearing to review irresponsible spending and harmful regulation under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Bureau of Reclamation and the Power Marketing Administrations (PMAs).... More
  • Committee Exposes DOI’s $50 Million Law Enforcement Database Boondoggle
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    Mar 17, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held an oversight hearing raising bipartisan concerns about the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) waste, abuse and incompetence concerning its law enforcement records system. Since 2003, DOI has spent over $50 million in federal funds on a database that is still ... More
  • Committee Advances Bipartisan Bill for the National Park Service Centennial
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    Mar 16, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a markup on 13 bills including one to commemorate the National Park Service’s (NPS) Centennial. H.R. 4680, “National Park Service Centennial Act,” introduced by Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), passed with bipartisan support. The bill provides new funding and management a... More
  • Committee Advances Bipartisan Bill to Clarify Regulatory Confusion in Fishery Management
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    Mar 16, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a markup on 13 bills including H.R. 3070, “EEZ Transit Zone Clarification and Access Act,” introduced by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY). “The senseless boundaries between state and federal waters around the Block Island Sound have created confusion for local fishermen,“ Chai... More
  • President Obama Drops Atlantic in Offshore Plan To Polish His Reputation with the Far Left
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    Mar 15, 2016 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources members issued the following statements in response to the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program proposal for 2017-2022: “Today, the President chose to polish his reputation with far left special interests over the well-being of... More
  • Bishop: OPEC and Russia Applaud the President’s Methane Announcement
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    Mar 10, 2016 -
    Today, during a joint news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Obama announced plans to develop federal methane regulations on existing domestic energy sources. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “If OPEC and Russia want to succeed in their war against American ener... More
  • Overdue Grizzly Delisting Highlights ESA Failures
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    Mar 4, 2016 -
    Yesterday, the Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to delist the grizzly bear population in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, encompassing portions of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. This population of grizzly bear is currently listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Delisting the species will allow... More
  • Chairman Bishop Introduces Bill To Encourage Private Investment for National Park Service
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    Mar 3, 2016 -
    To celebrate our National Park’s Centennial, today, Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced H.R. 4680, the “National Park Service Centennial Act.” The bill will prepare National Parks for a second century by maximizing private donations and establishing a National Park Foundation endowment. Chairman Bishop issu... More

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