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  • Curtis Bill to Promote Water Certainty, Fish Recovery in Western States Passes House
    Press Release
    Mar 13, 2018 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 4465, the “Endangered Fish Recovery Programs Extension Act of 2017” (Rep. John Curtis, R-UT), legislation to achieve the dual goals of recovering endangered fish populations in the Upper Colorado and San Juan River Basins while continuing to meet regional water and power development needs. ... More
  • Rob Bishop: Congress must cement Trump's public lands agenda into law
    In Case You Missed It
    Jan 2, 2018 -
    Washington Examiner Rep. Rob Bishop, who chairs the House Natural Resources Committee, says he's thrilled to finally be working with a president who supports the idea of returning the control of federal land to states and localities. But in an interview with the Washington Examiner, he said Congress needs to work quick... More
  • Panel: Bipartisan Bills Enhance ESA Protections, Boost Hydropower Reliability
    Press Release
    Oct 12, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held a legislative hearing on H.R. 3144 (Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-WA) and H.R. 3916 (Rep. Ken Calvert, R-CA), the “Federally Integrated Species Health Act” or “FISH Act,” bills to improve the recovery of Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed fish while providing ce... More
  • Bills to Modernize Endangered Species Act Advance Through Committee
    Press Release
    Oct 4, 2017 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed five bills to reform the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “The ESA is a landmark statute created with noble intent. It also includes fatal design flaws that inhibit greater success and handicap state-led, scie... More
  • Bishop Statement on Regulation of Utah Prairie Dogs Under the Endangered Species Act
    Press Release
    Aug 22, 2017 -
    Today, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated Endangered Species Act (ESA) regulation of Utah prairie dogs on non-federal lands. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “Utahns have proven they can maintain prairie dogs. The only thing impeding the state is federal meddling. I appreciate Direct... More
  • Bishop Statement on Gray Wolf Court Ruling
    Press Release
    Aug 2, 2017 -
    Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement on the Federal appeals court ruling concerning protections for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). “When science-based recovery criteria are met and environmental litigants can still drag the federal government t... More
  • Members Discuss Bill to Bring Much Needed Reforms to the Endangered Species Act
    Press Release
    Jul 19, 2017 -
    Today, the Full Committee held a legislative hearing on five bills, most of which have advanced with bipartisan support, to reform and improve the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The bills work to empower states, ensure data transparency, improve listing and delisting processes, and discourage costly litigation that dive... More
  • Bishop: Grizzly Delisting Process Emblematic of Need for ESA Reform
    Press Release
    Jun 22, 2017 -
    Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem will be delisted from the endangered species list. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “I commend this Administration and the Department of the Interior for delisting the grizzly bear even... More
  • Hearing Focuses on Bills to Protect Endangered Salmon, Empower Local Management on Federal Water Projects
    Press Release
    Jun 8, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held a legislative hearing on two bills to lessen the costs of federal water and power infrastructure to American ratepayers. H.R. 2083 (Rep. Jaime Herrera-Beutler, R-WA), the bipartisan supported “Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act,” allows state... More
  • Bryde’s Whale: President Obama’s Not So Secret Plan to Shut Down Offshore Development
    Press Release
    Dec 9, 2016 -
    Yesterday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposed to list the Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s whale as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “This is not about the whale. It’s an eleventh hour stunt to save face with the left at the... More
  • Obama Administration’s Closing Acts on ESA Deliver Big for Radical Left Litigants
    Press Release
    Nov 29, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced the completion of initial reviews of three Endangered Species Act (ESA) petitions, including one setting the clock to potentially re-list the lesser prairie-chicken as endangered. Re-listing will designate habitat on millions of acres of private land in part... More
  • ESA Failures Shine Bright as Special Interests Trump Species Protection in Wildflower Debacle
    Press Release
    Oct 28, 2016 -
    Earlier this week, a U.S. District Court vacated a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to not list two desert wildflowers as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The ruling further delays implementation of an existing conservation agreement between the FWS, Utah, Colorado and stakeholder ... More
  • Special Interests, Courts are De-facto Arm of Obama Administration in Charge of ESA Policy
    Press Release
    Oct 17, 2016 -
    In abiding to a recent court order that vacated the Obama Administration’s withdrawal of a proposed rule to list the North American wolverine as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has reopened public comment on a proposed threatened listing. House Committee on Na... More
  • USGS Study Reveals Extensive Impacts of Obama Administration’s War on Mineral Development
    Press Release
    Oct 7, 2016 -
    U.S. Secretary of the Interior (DOI) Sally Jewell is developing controversial plans to cordon off approximately 10 million acres of federal lands located in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming from mineral development. The withdrawals are one plank of the Obama administration's broader regulatory scheme to... More
  • Bishop: Obama Administration’s Final Species Petition Regulations Demonstrate Need for ESA Reform
    Press Release
    Sep 26, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced final revisions to regulations governing the petition process under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “This announcement is a call for help from the administ... More
  • Federal Wolf Management Fraught with Controversies and Failures
    Press Release
    Sep 21, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held an oversight hearing on the status of the federal government’s inconsistent and unsuccessful wolf management efforts in the United States. The panel, which included local and state witnesses, focused on red wolves in the Southeast, gray wolves in the Northwes... More
  • BLM’s Sage Grouse Land Use Plan Is Bad News For Western States
    Press Release
    Sep 1, 2016 -
    Washington, D.C. – Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released seven memos on its land use plans for the sage grouse, covering 10 Western states. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “The Administration’s decision not to list the sage grouse last year was a cynical ploy all along. These pl... More
  • Obama Administration Proposals Highlight Need for ESA Reform, Will Protect Serial Environmental Litigation
    Press Release
    Jul 26, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) published its final methodology for identifying and prioritizing species’ listings under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “For the life of me I don't understand why FWS need... More
  • Bishop Statement on Obama Administration’s Lesser Prairie-Chicken Announcement
    Press Release
    Jul 19, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) removed the lesser prairie chicken from the list of threatened and endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in response to a 2015 court ruling. The ruling vacated FWS’s decision to list the species as threatened. FWS also announced it will initiate another evalua... More
  • House Passes Bill to Address Conflicting Federal Statutes that Exacerbate California Drought
    Press Release
    Jul 5, 2016 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 4582 (Rep. Jeff Denham, R-CA), the “Save Our Salmon Act,” by voice vote. The legislation will exclude striped bass from the fish doubling requirement and other provisions of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, eliminating the ongoing federal conflict between protecting striped bass ... More
  • New Obama Administration Habitat Rules Grant Limitless Discretion to Federal Agencies
    Press Release
    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
  • Overdue Grizzly Delisting Highlights ESA Failures
    Press Release
    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
  • Bishop: President Obama’s Unilateral Anti-Energy Agenda Will Ultimately be Gutted by the Courts
    Press Release
    Feb 10, 2016 -
    Yesterday, the Supreme Court stayed the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan in a 5-4 decision. Chairman Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “Much of the President’s unilateral agenda, including efforts to stomp out coal without going through Congress, will ultimately be gutted by the courts. “This ruling ... More
  • Bishop: FWS Mimics EPA Tactics in Expansive Critical Habitat Proposal
    Press Release
    Feb 5, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service announced the finalization of a new policy for defining and designating critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act. Chairman Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “Just like we saw with WOTUS, this is another power grab. ... More
  • Wall Street Journal: Obama vs. Manatees
    In Case You Missed It
    Jan 24, 2016 -
    The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service this month proposed a new rule to crack down on predator control in Alaska, claiming it wants to better protect wildlife on national refuges. If only the Obama Administration cared as much about the protected critters that are getting in the way of its climate-change agenda. President O... More
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