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Committee Upholds Commitment to America By Advancing Legislation Unlocking Natural Resources

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Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a full committee markup and favorably reported a total of eight bills. Committee Chairman Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) released the following statement in response:

"Today's markup was another example of the Republican majority keeping our Commitment to America. We passed a slate of commonsense legislation that will unleash our mining potential, protect wildland firefighters, save the majestic sequoias, preserve a historic fort, clean our oceans and protect Native American children and families from abuse. The House Committee on Natural Resources is committed to moving solutions like these through regular order and I look forward to seeing the product of our hard work move to the House floor in soon."


The House Committee on Natural Resources favorably reported a total of eight bills out of committee today.

  • H.Con.Res.34introduced by U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber (R-Minn.), which conveys congressional disapproval of the withdrawal by the Secretary of the Interior of approximately 225,504 acres of National Forest System lands in Cook, Lake and Saint Louis Counties, Minn., from disposition under the United States mineral and geothermal leasing laws.
  • H.R. 3195introduced by U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber (R-Minn.), which would reinstate mineral leases and permits in the Superior National Forest and ensure timely review of Mine Plans of Operations.
  • H.R. 200, introduced by U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.), which would provide a needed fix to the Supreme Court's Cottonwood ruling, specifying that neither the Department of Agriculture nor the Department of the Interior may be required to reinitiate consultation on a land management plan when a species is listed as threatened or endangered, critical habitat is designated, or new information concerning a listed species or critical habitat becomes available.
  •  H.R. 1586, introduced by U.S. Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.), which would ensure the continued use of retardant when fighting wildfires. 
  • H.R. 2989introduced by Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), which would provide land managers with the emergency tools and resources needed to save these remaining ancient wonders from the unprecedented peril threatening their long-term survival. This bill was reported by voice vote.
  • H.R. 359, introduced by Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón (R-Puerto Rico), which would establish the Fort San Gerónimo del Boquerón in Puerto Rico as an affiliated area of the National Park System.
  • H.R. 886, introduced by U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.), which would amend the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act to improve the administration of the Marine Debris Foundation and amend the Marine Debris Act to improve the administration of the Marine Debris Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • H.R. 663introduced by U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), which would reauthorize certain programs related to the prevention, investigation, treatment, and prosecution of family violence, child abuse and child neglect involving Native American children and families.