Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) announced the subcommittee chairs for the 118th Congress.
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
Chairman Pete Stauber (R-Minn.)
"On behalf of northern Minnesota, I am honored to Chair the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. I stand ready and willing to lead in updating our broken permitting process, letting miners mine, and unleashing American energy dominance. We will hold the Biden administration accountable for their failures. Let’s get to work."
Subcommittee on Federal Lands
Chairman Tom Tiffany (R-Wis.)
"It is an honor to be selected by Chairman Westerman to lead the Subcommittee on Federal Lands. I look forward to protecting multiple-use values on America’s public lands, prioritizing better management of those lands, modernizing antiquated and cumbersome laws, and holding the Biden administration accountable for their mismanagement of America’s natural resources. The House Natural Resources Committee is ready to deliver results for the American people."
Subcommittee on Indian and Insular Affairs
Chair Harriet Hageman (R-Wyo.)
"It is an honor to be named Chair of the Subcommittee for Indian and Insular Affairs – especially as a new member of Congress. There are many serious issues that our Native American populations are facing – both economic and societal, including the epidemic of murdered and missing indigenous women and children. There are also serious concerns with the Bureau of Indian Affairs that must be investigated to provide the best opportunities for these populations. In addition, the subcommittee also oversees our U.S. territories around the globe – with many of these territories, especially those in the South Pacific, threatened by Communist China’s quest for an expanded empire."
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Chairman Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.)
"I am grateful to Chairman Westerman for the trust he has placed in me as Chairman of the Subcommittee Oversight and Investigations. I will work with my colleagues to hold Joe Biden accountable, prioritize the need for critical mineral, rare earth and energy independence and terminate unauthorized programs while promoting needed reforms to ensure thorough oversight and transparency of the Biden administration. There is much work to be done and I am ready to hit the ground running."
Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife and Fisheries
Chairman Cliff Bentz (R-Ore.)
"It is an honor to be selected as Chairman of the Water, Wildlife, and Fisheries Subcommittee of the Natural Resources Committee, and I thank Chairman Westerman for this opportunity. This subcommittee is tasked with the immensely important responsibility of overseeing and improving the federal policies and laws that so significantly affect America’s use and protection of our freshwater, our oceans, and our wildlife. Our subcommittee will improve the federal response to the crippling drought that is challenging the future of the west so that everyone—farmers, ranchers, homeowners, businesses, and tribes—can continue to live in and produce food and fiber, essential to our nation’s security, on our lands. Yes, we will be advocating for the storage of more water. Additionally, the Biden administration, during this drought, has repeatedly perverted the application of the Endangered Species Act for the administration’s political ends, wrongfully taking water away from those to whom water was promised, more than 100 years ago, by this same government. This subcommittee will conduct serious oversight of such heavy handed, wrongheaded, and scientifically unbalanced federal agency actions taken over the past two years. Finally, we will ensure that recreational and commercial fishermen and women have fair access to fishing in the oceans. I am eager to get to work with my colleagues on behalf of the people of our United States of America."