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  • House Passes "One Stop-Shop" Permitting Bill to Expand Water Storage Infrastructure
    Press Release
    Jun 22, 2017 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 1654, the “Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act,” by a bipartisan vote of 233-180. Introduced by Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA), the bill creates a “one-stop-shop” permitting process through the Bureau of Reclamation for new or expanded surface storage facilities. It streamlines agency perm... More
  • House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Improve Electricity Reliability and Vegetation Management
    Press Release
    Jun 21, 2017 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 1873, the “Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act,” by a bipartisan vote of 300-118. Introduced by Reps. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR), the bipartisan bill provides streamlined processes for the removal of hazardous vegetative overgrowth within or adjacent to elect... 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
  • Hearing Focuses on Bills to Protect Property Rights, Increase Federal Transparency
    Press Release
    May 18, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held a legislative hearing on two bills to increase federal transparency, safeguard private and state water rights, and provide certainty to water and power users. The “Water Rights Protection Act” discussion draft (Rep. Scott Tipton, R-CO) protects state water law and... More
  • Panel: Hydropower Reforms Needed to Streamline Relicensing and Incentivize New Development
    Press Release
    May 3, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held an oversight hearing on the costly and lengthy process to relicense hydropower and to explore opportunities for new development. “Navigating through the federal bureaucracy necessary to obtain the proper licensing to get these new hydropower projects running is ex... More
  • Committee Passes Bipartisan Bill to Safeguard Electric Transmission, Enhance Grid Reliability
    Press Release
    Apr 27, 2017 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 1873, the “Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act,” bipartisan vote of 24-14. Representatives Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) introduced the bipartisan bill to improve the safety and reliability of the electric grid on federal lands. “I... More
  • Chairman Letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary Zinke on Indian Water Rights
    Letters
    Apr 27, 2017 -
    TO: The Honorable Jeff Sessions and The Honorable Ryan Zinke FROM: Chairman Rob Bishop Dear Sirs: The Natural Resources Committee (Committee) has primary authorizing jurisdiction over the legislative resolution of Indian water rights claims within the House of Representatives. Additionally, given the longstanding polic... More
  • Panel Calls for Congressional Action to Expand Hydropower Infrastructure
    Press Release
    Apr 4, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans discussed two bills that would expand hydropower infrastructure and clean energy for communities in Alaska and across the West. “This hearing marks another step towards improving our nation’s infrastructure. Today’s main focus is on what we can do to empower regional, ... More
  • Reps. LaMalfa and Schrader Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Electricity Reliability
    Press Release
    Apr 4, 2017 -
    Today, Representatives Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) introduced H.R. 1873, the “Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act.” The bipartisan bill, cosponsored by Reps. Bruce Westerman (R-AR), Jim Costa (D-CA), Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ), improves the safety and reliability of the e... More
  • Marine Monument Designations Sideline Communities and the Domestic Fishing Industry
    Press Release
    Mar 15, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held an oversight hearing on the creation and management of marine monuments and sanctuaries. The panel overwhelmingly objected to the lack of local input, transparency and scientific scrutiny in the marine monument designation process. “Federal decision-making directl... More
  • House Passes Bill to Increase Water Storage at the Fontenelle Reservoir in Wyoming
    Press Release
    Mar 15, 2017 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 648 (Rep. Liz Cheney, WY-at large) by an unanimous bipartisan vote of 408-0. H.R. 648 authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to enter into a cooperative agreement with the State of Wyoming to modify the Fontenelle Dam and Reservoir as a way to increase storage capacity and mitigate erosio... More
  • Bishop, Radewagen Call on President Trump to Reverse Unilateral Fishing Restrictions
    Press Release
    Mar 7, 2017 -
    Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Rep. Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-American Samoa) sent a letter to President Trump today requesting removal of all marine monument fishing prohibitions and reinstatement of fisheries management under federal law. “Access to several of the nation’s key fisheries is in jeopardy—through ... More
  • Subcommittee Explores Water Infrastructure Barriers and Solutions
    Press Release
    Mar 1, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held its first oversight hearing of the 115th Congress, Modernizing Western Water and Power Infrastructure in the 21st Century. The hearing examined ways to protect existing water and power infrastructure and alleviate cumbersome regulatory barriers to construct new fa... More
  • President Signs "Ensuring Access to Pacific Fisheries Act"
    Press Release
    Dec 19, 2016 -
    On Friday, the President signed H.R. 6452 into law. The “Ensuring Access to Pacific Fisheries Act” implements the Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fisheries Resources in the North Pacific Ocean, the Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fishery Resources in the South Pacif... More
  • Bishop Statement on Senate Passage of WIIN Act
    Press Release
    Dec 10, 2016 -
    Early this morning, the Senate passed S. 612 (Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX), the “Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act” (WIIN), by a vote of 78-21. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “I'm pleased the Senate swiftly passed historic federal water policy legislation that will deliver much... More
  • Bipartisan WIIN Act Passes House
    Press Release
    Dec 8, 2016 -
    Today, the House passed the “Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act” (WIIN) by a vote of 360-61. Provisions from the House Committee on Natural Resources included in the bill will bring drought relief for California and the West, by expanding water storage and delivery, and bring forth long-term water res... More
  • Members Caution White House on Monument Designations Exacerbating Drought, Wildfire Threats
    Press Release
    Nov 1, 2016 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Subcommittee on Federal Lands Chairman Tom McClintock (R-CA), and Reps. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) and Greg Walden (R-OR) sent a letter to the White House about the consideration of national monument designations in California and Oregon that will exacerb... More
  • Bipartisan Bill to Protect Endangered and Threatened Salmon Passes Committee
    Press Release
    Sep 22, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a markup on 5 bills including H.R. 564 the “Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act” (Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler), which passed committee. H.R. 564 authorizes the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to issue one-year permits to Was... More
  • House Advances Radewagen Bill to Protect Domestic Seafood Interests
    Press Release
    Sep 12, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Rep. Amata Radewagen’s (R-American Samoa, At-large) H.R. 4576, Ensuring Access to Pacific Fisheries Act, by voice vote. The bill implements U.S. participation in two international fishery treaties that the U.S. helped negotiate, the Convention on the Conservation and Mana... More
  • Bill Preventing the Next Flint Passes Committee
    Press Release
    Sep 8, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a markup on four bills including H.R. 5032 (Rep. Dave Brat, R-VA). The bill removes a federal land-use restriction on a piece of land in the town of Louisa, Virginia so that it may be repurposed to provide residents with a safe supply of drinking water. Louisa has sp... More
  • House Passes Bipartisan Poliquin Bill to Strengthen U.S. Seafood Industry
    Press Release
    Sep 6, 2016 -
    Today, H.R. 4245 sponsored by Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) passed on suspension by voice vote. H.R. 4245 exempts sea urchins, sea cucumbers and other seafood exports from duplicative federal requirements imposed on buyers and sellers of related products by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Servic... More
  • Bishop, Amata: Hawaii Marine Monument Expansion is Unjustified, Devastating for Local Economies
    Press Release
    Aug 26, 2016 -
    Today, President Barack Obama expanded the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument off the coast of Hawaii by 442,781 square miles. Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Congresswoman Aumua Amata (American Samoa) issued the following statements: “The sweeping size of this expansion is unjustifie... More
  • California Water Supply Under Threat by Conflicting Federal Agencies
    Press Release
    Jul 12, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held an oversight hearing on conflicting ideas between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) that could threaten portions of California’s water supply. NMFS proposed holding back water behind Shasta Dam through the su... More
  • Chairman Letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell
    Letters
    Jul 1, 2016 -
    TO: Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell FROM: Rob Bishop, Chairman House Committee on Natural Resources Dear Ms. Attorney General and Madame Secretary: In a February 26, 2015 correspondence (Letter) to Secretary Sally Jewell and former Attorney General Eric Holder, I outlined a number of ... More
  • Six Years Later, Strong Uncertainty About President Obama's National Ocean Policy Remains
    Press Release
    May 17, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held an oversight hearing on “The Implications of President Obama’s National Ocean Policy.” President Obama established the National Ocean Council (Council) in 2010, composed of 24 federal officials. The Council is required to develop a framework for coastal and marine... More
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