Our National Monuments Are Under Attack!

In April, President Trump signed an Executive Order directing the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to review the establishment history and current status of 27 national monuments created since 1996 under the Antiquities Act - a law Congress passed more than a century ago that authorizes the president to designate national monuments on existing federal land. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is currently traveling to a small handful of monuments on the review list and holding public meetings at … Continue Reading


THIS WEEK IN COMMITTEE: Republicans Pushing to Build a Road Through a National Refuge

This week's hearing in the Federal Lands Subcommittee features a bill by Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) to authorize construction of a road through the Izembek National Refuge, a congressionally designated wilderness area deemed a "Wetland of International Importance." Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency that manages the refuge, evaluated the impacts of the road and determined that it would do irreparable ecological damage to the refuge and the wildlife species that depend on its unique habitat. De… Continue Reading


THIS WEEK IN COMMITTEE: Round Two - Infrastructure Projects & GOPs Denial of Climate Change

On Tuesday, Committee Republicans are holding their fourth subcommittee oversight hearing on U.S. infrastructure, suggesting they're laying the groundwork for an infrastructure bill later in the year. Despite the fact that the U.S. is facing growing financial costs as the country's infrastructure is impacted by the effects of climate change - extreme weather, floods, heat waves, prolonged rains, sea level rise, and more - Committee Republicans refuse to talk about the impacts of climate change o… Continue Reading


THIS WEEK IN COMMITTEE - Undermining the Antiquities Act: Round 1 - Marine Monuments

On Wednesday, Committee Republicans are holding a hearing to continue their assault on the Antiquities Act. This hearing will focus on Republicans' false claims that our past two presidents, Barack Obama and George W. Bush, overreached when they used the Act to create national marine monuments. This is clearly a coordinated effort by Committee Republicans and outside groups to undermine the Antiquities Act, but will be framed as a defense of fishermen and fishing communities they claim are being… Continue Reading


THIS WEEK IN COMMITTEE: GOP Fails to Invest in Indian Country Infrastructure Projects

On March 9 the Committee is holding a hearing on infrastructure projects in tribal and insular communities. Investment in tribal infrastructure has not remotely kept up with unmet needs and inflation, resulting in inadequate and outdated facilities and unmet construction and repair needs across the country. Over the years, this lack of investment has drastically and disproportionally affected the health, well-being, and livelihood of Native peoples. According to a 2009 estimate, the total unmet … Continue Reading


THIS WEEK IN COMMITTEE: First Hearing on Infrastructure Projects

Throughout the month of March, Committee Republicans will hold a series of subcommittee hearings to address natural resources-related infrastructure projects - like dams and pipelines - in support of the proposal the White House is expected to release this year. As these plans are developed, it's imperative that we include a process that adapts to the growing affects climate change has on our planet. We should be designing and constructing new projects that can adapt to and recover from climate… Continue Reading


THIS WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: House Voting to Kill Baby Animals in Alaska

On Thursday, House Republicans are taking a short break from their crusade to make our air and water dirtier so they can make it easier to kill bear cubs and wolf pups on federal National Wildlife Refuges. Yes, you heard that right H.J. Res. 69, introduced by Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) would repeal a Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) rule that prohibits shooting bear cubs, killing wolf pups in their dens, and mowing down grizzlies from a helicopter in National Wildlife Refuges. The state of Alaska… Continue Reading


THIS WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: House Voting to Repeal the Public Lands Planning Rule

Here's the Committee's schedule for the week of February 6th: On Tuesday, Feb. 7, the House is voting on H. J. Res. 44, a Republican bill that if passed would repeal the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) effort to update its resource management planning process, commonly referred to as BLM Planning 2.0. Planning 2.0 is intended to increase public involvement, encourage use of high-quality scientific data, and facilitate a shift to landscape-level planning to better respond to climate change. M… Continue Reading


THIS WEEK: House Wants to Make it Easier for Big Oil & Gas Companies to Pollute our Air

Week of January 30th Wednesday, Feb. 1 Natural Resources Democratic Forum on the BLM Methane Rule at 12:30 PM in HVC-201 AB Repeal of the Stream Protection Rule through the CRA Wednesday, Feb. 3 Repeal of the BLM Methane Rule through the CRA Week of February 6 Tuesday, Feb. 7 Full Committee Organizing Meeting at 11:00 AM in Longworth 1324… Continue Reading

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