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Water, Wildlife and Fisheries

Committee Considers Legislation to Improve Access to Public Waters, Support Long-Term Infrastructure

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WOW Subcommittee

Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife and Fisheries held a legislative hearing on four bills improving access to public waters, addressing maintenance needs of our aging irrigation infrastructure, reauthorizing important groundwater monitoring programs and ensuring federal power agencies will be able to uphold their statutory obligations. Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Bentz (R-Ore.)…

Committee Considers Legislation to Improve the ESA, Streamline Regulatory Hurdles

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WOW Subcommittee

Yesterday, the Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife and Fisheries held a legislative hearing on seven bills covering a wide variety of issues, including Endangered Species Act (ESA) reforms, species management improvements, water resource support and the elimination of regulatory delays. Subcommittee Chairman U.S. Rep. Cliff Bentz (R-Ore.) issued the following statement in…

Field Hearing Highlights Importance of Snake River Dams, Exposes Environmentalists' Dangerous Agenda

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WOW Subcommittee

Today, Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife and Fisheries Chairman Cliff Bentz (R-Ore.) hosted a field hearing with House Committee on Energy and Commerce Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) and U.S. Rep. Mike Collins (R-Ga.) titled, "The Northwest at Risk: the Environmentalist’s Effort to Destroy Navigation, Transportation, and…

Committee Investigates Negative Impacts of Proposed Speed Reduction Rule

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WOW Subcommittee

Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife and Fisheries held an oversight hearing on the impacts of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) proposed changes to the North Atlantic Right Whale Vessel Strike Reduction Rule. Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Bentz (R-Ore.) released the following statement in response: “Unfortunately, NOAA is promulgating policies that do…

Committee Republicans Conduct Oversight of Increased Budget Requests, Lack of Results

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WOW Subcommittee

Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife and Fisheries held an oversight hearing on the president's Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 budget request for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Power Marketing Administrations (PMAs). Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Bentz (R-Ore.) released the…

Members Investigate NOAA's Sudden Policy Reversal Impacting Lower Snake River Dams

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WOW Subcommittee

Today, Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife and Fisheries Chairman Cliff Bentz (R-Ore.) and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) sent a letter to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrator Richard Spinrad regarding NOAA's recent reversal on supporting continued operations of the dams on the Lower Snake River. In part, the…

Committee Spotlights Outdated Endangered Species Act

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WOW Subcommittee

Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife, and Fisheries held a hearing on legislation centered around reforms to the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Bentz (R-Ore.) issued the following statement in response: “Today’s Water, Wildlife, and Fisheries Subcommittee Legislative Hearing focused on three joint resolutions under the Congressional…

Committee Members Visit California to Witness Water Storage Challenges, Community Impacts

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WOW Subcommittee

Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) joined Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife and Fisheries Chairman Cliff Bentz (R-Ore.) and other members of Congress on field tours and a hearing to learn more about the ongoing water issues in California and how they have impacted local communities. "Today's hearing highlighted the long list of policy…

Republicans to Visit Fresno to Discuss Water Storage Challenges, Impact on Local Communities **Media Advisory**

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WOW Subcommittee

On Tuesday, April 11, 2023, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.), Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife and Fisheries Chairman Cliff Bentz (R-Ore.) and U.S. Reps. David Valadao (R-Calif.) and John Duarte (R-Calif.) are hosting members for a field hearing and site visits to examine California’s continued water storage issues and their impact…

Republicans Investigate Increased Water Storage Needs

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WOW Subcommittee

Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife and Fisheries held a hearing on long-term drought and water storage issues in the West, and potential solutions to the ongoing issues. Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Bentz (R-Ore.) issued the following statement in response: "70 million people across the Western United States are suffering from drought, 40 million of whom are dependent upon…