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  • Marine Monument Designations Sideline Communities and the Domestic Fishing Industry
    Press Release
    Mar 15, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held an oversight hearing on the creation and management of marine monuments and sanctuaries. The panel overwhelmingly objected to the lack of local input, transparency and scientific scrutiny in the marine monument designation process. “Federal decision-making directl... More
  • House Passes Bill to Increase Water Storage at the Fontenelle Reservoir in Wyoming
    Press Release
    Mar 15, 2017 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 648 (Rep. Liz Cheney, WY-at large) by an unanimous bipartisan vote of 408-0. H.R. 648 authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to enter into a cooperative agreement with the State of Wyoming to modify the Fontenelle Dam and Reservoir as a way to increase storage capacity and mitigate erosio... More
  • Bishop, Radewagen Call on President Trump to Reverse Unilateral Fishing Restrictions
    Press Release
    Mar 7, 2017 -
    Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Rep. Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-American Samoa) sent a letter to President Trump today requesting removal of all marine monument fishing prohibitions and reinstatement of fisheries management under federal law. “Access to several of the nation’s key fisheries is in jeopardy—through ... More
  • Subcommittee Explores Water Infrastructure Barriers and Solutions
    Press Release
    Mar 1, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held its first oversight hearing of the 115th Congress, Modernizing Western Water and Power Infrastructure in the 21st Century. The hearing examined ways to protect existing water and power infrastructure and alleviate cumbersome regulatory barriers to construct new fa... More
  • President Signs "Ensuring Access to Pacific Fisheries Act"
    Press Release
    Dec 19, 2016 -
    On Friday, the President signed H.R. 6452 into law. The “Ensuring Access to Pacific Fisheries Act” implements the Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fisheries Resources in the North Pacific Ocean, the Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fishery Resources in the South Pacif... More
  • Bishop Statement on Senate Passage of WIIN Act
    Press Release
    Dec 10, 2016 -
    Early this morning, the Senate passed S. 612 (Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX), the “Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act” (WIIN), by a vote of 78-21. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “I'm pleased the Senate swiftly passed historic federal water policy legislation that will deliver much... More
  • Bipartisan WIIN Act Passes House
    Press Release
    Dec 8, 2016 -
    Today, the House passed the “Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act” (WIIN) by a vote of 360-61. Provisions from the House Committee on Natural Resources included in the bill will bring drought relief for California and the West, by expanding water storage and delivery, and bring forth long-term water res... More
  • Members Caution White House on Monument Designations Exacerbating Drought, Wildfire Threats
    Press Release
    Nov 1, 2016 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Subcommittee on Federal Lands Chairman Tom McClintock (R-CA), and Reps. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) and Greg Walden (R-OR) sent a letter to the White House about the consideration of national monument designations in California and Oregon that will exacerb... More
  • Bipartisan Bill to Protect Endangered and Threatened Salmon Passes Committee
    Press Release
    Sep 22, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a markup on 5 bills including H.R. 564 the “Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act” (Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler), which passed committee. H.R. 564 authorizes the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to issue one-year permits to Was... More
  • House Advances Radewagen Bill to Protect Domestic Seafood Interests
    Press Release
    Sep 12, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Rep. Amata Radewagen’s (R-American Samoa, At-large) H.R. 4576, Ensuring Access to Pacific Fisheries Act, by voice vote. The bill implements U.S. participation in two international fishery treaties that the U.S. helped negotiate, the Convention on the Conservation and Mana... More
  • Bill Preventing the Next Flint Passes Committee
    Press Release
    Sep 8, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a markup on four bills including H.R. 5032 (Rep. Dave Brat, R-VA). The bill removes a federal land-use restriction on a piece of land in the town of Louisa, Virginia so that it may be repurposed to provide residents with a safe supply of drinking water. Louisa has sp... More
  • House Passes Bipartisan Poliquin Bill to Strengthen U.S. Seafood Industry
    Press Release
    Sep 6, 2016 -
    Today, H.R. 4245 sponsored by Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) passed on suspension by voice vote. H.R. 4245 exempts sea urchins, sea cucumbers and other seafood exports from duplicative federal requirements imposed on buyers and sellers of related products by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Servic... More
  • Bishop, Amata: Hawaii Marine Monument Expansion is Unjustified, Devastating for Local Economies
    Press Release
    Aug 26, 2016 -
    Today, President Barack Obama expanded the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument off the coast of Hawaii by 442,781 square miles. Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Congresswoman Aumua Amata (American Samoa) issued the following statements: “The sweeping size of this expansion is unjustifie... More
  • California Water Supply Under Threat by Conflicting Federal Agencies
    Press Release
    Jul 12, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held an oversight hearing on conflicting ideas between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) that could threaten portions of California’s water supply. NMFS proposed holding back water behind Shasta Dam through the su... More
  • Chairman Letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell
    Letters
    Jul 1, 2016 -
    TO: Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell FROM: Rob Bishop, Chairman House Committee on Natural Resources Dear Ms. Attorney General and Madame Secretary: In a February 26, 2015 correspondence (Letter) to Secretary Sally Jewell and former Attorney General Eric Holder, I outlined a number of ... More
  • Six Years Later, Strong Uncertainty About President Obama's National Ocean Policy Remains
    Press Release
    May 17, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held an oversight hearing on “The Implications of President Obama’s National Ocean Policy.” President Obama established the National Ocean Council (Council) in 2010, composed of 24 federal officials. The Council is required to develop a framework for coastal and marine... More
  • Federal Regulatory Process Clouds Renewable Energy Growth
    Press Release
    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
  • Committee Hears Testimony on Bipartisan Fish Predation and Transparency Legislation
    Press Release
    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
  • Bold Thinking Needed on Title Transfers
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    Mar 29, 2016 -
    OP-ED: Bold Thinking Needed on Title Transfers By Congressman Rob Bishop Chairman, House Committee on Natural Resources Throughout much of the last century, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation projects have played a significant role in western settlement and development. These projects have provided those in Utah—and elsewhere... More
  • Members Call Out Administration for Following the Fixed-Pie Fallacy
    Press Release
    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 Advances Bipartisan Bill to Clarify Regulatory Confusion in Fishery Management
    Press Release
    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
  • Flint Michigan of The San Joaquin Valley
    Press Release
    Feb 24, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans held a hearing to review federal regulations exacerbating California’s drought crisis even while El Niño is providing significant precipitation for the region. “I’ve watched what’s happening in Flint, Michigan and the outrage with the government action that put the po... More
  • Panel Discusses Federal Conflicts Involving Fisheries Predation, Negative Impacts on Drought Mitigation
    Press Release
    Feb 10, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held an oversight hearing titled, “The Costly Impacts of Predation and Conflicting Federal Statues on Nature and Endangered Fish Species.” The panel outlined how conflicting federal laws encourage predation of fish species listed under the federal Endangered Species Ac... More
  • Bishop: If the President Cared About the Will of the People He Would Reverse Course on WOTUS
    Press Release
    Jan 13, 2016 -
    Today, the House passed S.J. Res. 22, Congressional Disapproval of the “Waters of the United States” Rule. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “When 27 states object to an action of the President we know something is wrong. Waters of the United States is the President’s latest unilateral act to... More
  • E&E News: Dems Urge Obama To Be Transparent About Marine Monument Plans
    In Case You Missed It
    Oct 14, 2015 -
    The Obama administration is now facing pressure from Democrats to be more open about a possible marine monument off New England. Massachusetts Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren sent a letter to Obama yesterday asking for more public input into the possible monument. The Conservation Law Foundation, Natural Resources... More
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