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  • A Lesson in Bipartisanship: Starting Small on Infrastructure to Go Big
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    Mar 22, 2018 -
    A Lesson in Bipartisanship: Starting Small on Infrastructure to Go Big Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) The Washington Times March 21, 2018 Warmer months are just around the corner, presenting an opportune time to visit a national park — and millions of Americans will do just that. But most visitors will be unaware that the ... More
  • Fixing what is broken: A bipartisan solution for our national parks
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    Mar 20, 2018 -
    Fixing what is broken: A bipartisan solution for our national parks Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) The Hill March 20, 2018 Bipartisanship is hard to come by in Washington on any given day, but it’s especially scarce during an election year. Yet on one issue, reducing the maintenance backlog... More
  • House Passes Poliquin’s Acadia National Park Boundary Clarification Act
    Press Release
    Mar 13, 2018 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 4266, the “Acadia National Park Boundary Clarification Act.” Introduced by Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME), the bipartisan bill addresses long-standing land and resource management conflicts associated with Acadia National Park in Maine. “Hardworking Maine families have made their living for gen... More
  • Committee Begins Effort to Restore Public Lands with Review of Federal Maintenance Backlog
    Press Release
    Mar 6, 2018 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held the first in a series of hearings to address the maintenance backlog of the Department of the Interior (DOI). Today, DOI manages more than 500 million acres of land in the U.S. and has a total of $16 billion worth of deferred maintenance, with almost half owned by th... More
  • Panel Reviews Bipartisan National Park Service Bills
    Press Release
    Nov 15, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a legislative hearing on a series of bills that benefits local communities, spurs economic growth and preserves American history. Introduced by Subcommittee on Federal Lands Vice Chairman Darin LaHood (R-IL), H.R. 801, the bipartisan “Route 66 National Historic Trail Design... More
  • Bipartisan National Park Service Centennial Legislation Heads to the President’s Desk
    Press Release
    Dec 10, 2016 -
    Early this morning, the Senate passed H.R. 4680, the “National Park Service Centennial Act” (Chairman Rob Bishop, R-UT), legislation to equip the National Park Service (NPS) with tools to better manage and promote our national parks. The bipartisan bill passed the House earlier this week. House Committee on Natural Cha... More
  • Bishop: Interior’s Response to Management Failure at Effigy Mounds is Unacceptable
    Press Release
    Sep 30, 2016 -
    After correspondence and two staff briefings with the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the National Park Service (NPS) on the decades of systemic mismanagement of natural and cultural resources at Effigy Mounds National Monument (EFMO), the House Committee on Natural Resources is conducting further oversight. Chair... More
  • Wall Street Journal: Government Land Grab
    In Case You Missed It
    Nov 3, 2015 -
    The Obama Administration has spent years invading broad parts of the economy from finance to health care, but less noticed is the takeover of, well, actual land. Witness the standoff over a 50-year-old public land program that has devolved into a watering hole for seizing private property. The Land and Water Conservati... More
  • Chairman Tom McClintock Opening Statement at the Subcommittee on Federal Lands Oversight Hearing
    Press Release
    Mar 24, 2015 -
    Rep. Tom McClintock (CA-04), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Federal Lands made the following opening statement at today's oversight hearing entitled "Examining the Spending Priorities and Missions of the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management in the President's FY 2016 Budget Proposals." Remarks as prepared ... More
  • Committee Passes Legislation to Protect Americans from Skyrocketing Cabin Fees
    Press Release
    Jun 19, 2014 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee passed H.R. 4873, the Cabin Fee Act of 2014, by unanimous consent. This bill, sponsored by Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04), modifies the current cabin fee formula to make it more predictable and fair for families who own cabins in our National Forests. Cabin owners have recent... More
  • Chairman Hastings: California Coastal National Monument Expansion Is Unnecessary Use of Presidential Powers
    Press Release
    Mar 11, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement on President Obama’s designation of the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands as a part of the Coastal California National Monument: “Instead of using imperial powers, the President should pick up the phone and call upon Senat... More
  • ICYMI: Chairman Hastings Discusses Obama Administration’s “Painful as Possible” Park Closures and the Need to Negotiate
    In Case You Missed It
    Oct 4, 2013 -
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  • BAD LANDLORD: National Park Service Forcing Privately Operated Sites to Close
    Press Release
    Oct 4, 2013 -
    This week the Obama Administration began erecting metal barricades to keep families, veterans, school groups and visitors out of popular open-air monuments in Washington D.C. such as the Lincoln Memorial, which did not happen during the last government shutdown, and the World War II Memorial. The U.S. Park Service has ... More
  • FLASHBACK: DC Memorials Open During Last Shutdown under Clinton
    Press Release
    Oct 4, 2013 -
    This week the Obama Administration began erecting steel barricades to keep veterans, families and visitors out of popular open-air monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial and World War II Memorial. Despite the fact that these are open-air sites that are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and are only st... More
  • Hastings on Helium Hypocrisy: Senate Should Act Today to Open our National Parks
    Floor Statements
    Oct 3, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following statement (as prepared for delivery) on the House floor calling on the Senate to act on common sense legislation to keep our National Parks open. “Mr. Speaker, yesterday the House passed and sent to the Senate a bipartisan bill to k... More
  • Obama Administration Closed Parks to WWII Veterans, but kept Open for Illegal Occupy Movement Camp
    Hot Air Alert
    Oct 2, 2013 -
    In an attempt to make the government shutdown as painful as possible, the Obama Administration yesterday chose to erect metal barricades around the World War II Memorial (an open air memorial that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) and stationed armed National Park Police to block World War II veterans from enteri... More
  • Hastings, Bishop Challenge Obama Administration Over Unnecessary and Arbitrary Closures of Open-air Parks and Monuments
    Press Release
    Oct 2, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) and Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) today sent a letter to National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis regarding the Obama Administration’s actions to restrict public access to the World War II Memor... More
  • Obama Administration Arbitrarily Choosing Which D.C. Monuments and Parks to Close Off to Veterans and Tourists
    Hot Air Alert
    Oct 2, 2013 -
    Yesterday, the Obama Administration began selectively erecting barricades to keep visitors, including large groups of World War II veterans, from visiting popular monuments such as the World War II Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the National Mall. However, the Obama Administration is applying this polic... More
  • Chairmen Hastings and Bishop Letter to Director Jarvis Regarding the Decision to Unnecessarily and Arbitrarily Close Open-air Parks and Monuments
    Letters
    Oct 2, 2013 -
    Dear Director Jarvis: Through this letter, the Committee on Natural Resources ("Committee") requests that the National Park Service ("Park Service") take steps as necessary to keep and not destroy documents related to the decision this week to restrict public access to the National World War II Memorial, the Lincoln Me... More
  • Chairman Hastings’ Statement on Resolution to Fund National Parks
    Press Release
    Oct 1, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings delivered the following statement (as prepared) on the House floor today in support of H.J.Res. __, Open Our National Parks and Museums Act: “Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong support of this legislation to fund National Parks. No one wanted a government shut do... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Jul 29, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: The Hill – Ben Geman: “GOP lawmaker warns Interior’s fracking rule could lead to cascade of new regs” Oregonian – Scott Learn: “Interior Department extends Chetco River gold mining withdrawal for five years” The Hill – Ben Geman: “Obama criticizes pro-Keystone pipeline jobs,... More
  • ICYMI – Protests Prompt Delay of Yosemite Overhaul Plan
    Blog
    Jul 12, 2013 -
    The National Park Service (NPS) is currently drafting a plan to determine the future of the Merced River in Yosemite National Park. Earlier this week, the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation heard from witnesses regarding this plan that could permanently remove several recreational amenities that... More
  • Witnesses Agree Closing Access to Yosemite a Public Disservice
    Press Release
    Jul 9, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation held an oversight hearing on the “Public Impact of Closing Amenities at Yosemite National Park.” The hearing examined the impact of the Merced River Plan on tourists, local economies and the environment. Yosemite National Park,... More
  • Committee Approves Legislation Addressing Concerns with the Troubled Eisenhower Memorial
    Press Release
    Jun 12, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee approved H.R. 1126, the Dwight. D. Eisenhower Memorial Completion Act, by voice vote. This legislation, sponsored by Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01), seeks to build consensus around a new Eisenhower Memorial by implementi... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    May 31, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: The Hill – Zack Colman: “Senior House GOP lawmaker revives offshore drilling bill” Fuel Fix – Jennifer Hiller: “Texas leads nation in drilling activity – by a lot” Bloomberg: “California lawmakers turn down moratorium on fracking” New York Times –Jess Bidgood: “Massachusetts... More

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Committee Advances National Park Maintenance Backlog Bill

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Bishop, Grijalva Pass Deal on LWCF Reauthorization

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What They Are Saying: Support Builds for the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Bill

Tomorrow, the Committee on Natural Resources will markup the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act (U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah), which currently has more than 150 bipartisan cosponsors. H.R. 6510 p...... Read more

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