Committee on Natural Resources

Rob Bishop

Chairman Bishop: Administration’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Relies On Same Stale Paradigms

2015/03/05

House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) submitted his opening statement for today’s oversight hearing for the U.S. Department of the Interior’s fiscal year 2016 budget proposal.

With our national debt currently exceeding $18 trillion, the Administration’s overall federal budget, including the Interior Department’s $13 billion budget proposal, continues a disappointing trend of runaway federal spending, while failing to put forward creative solutions to ongoing problems with our federal land, water, oceans, and energy resources,” Chairman Bishop began.

Despite the President’s professed commitment to further reducing our dependence on foreign oil, his Administration has ramped up regulations and other actions that are adversely impacting this shared goal. While oil and natural gas production has surged on non-federal lands, President Obama has managed astonishing production declines on federal lands.

Today, not enough time is spent scrutinizing policies and bureaucracies that are failing to address today’s needs. Unfortunately, this budget keeps us on the same old path and relies on the same stale paradigms. I believe our nation’s leaders can do better than the budget request we are here to review. I hope the Administration is willing to work with us on a better plan. I look forward to hearing Secretary Jewell’s testimony as we begin this process,” he concluded.

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Bishop Requests Additional Information from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Before Any Final Listing Determination is Made on North Long-Eared Bat

2015/03/04

House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) today sent a letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Dan Ashe, requesting information supporting any final listing determination for the northern long-eared bat (NLEB) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  A final listing decision for the species is expected to be made by April 2, 2015.

The letter, which was signed by 14 additional Members of Congress, references that the most significant threat to the NLEB, as stated by FWS, is not caused by human development activities, but rather a fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome (WNS).  

The full letter can be found here.  

We…write to ensure that any efforts to protect the NLEB do not cause undue harm to, or impose unnecessary regulatory burdens on economic development, forestry, wind power generation, energy development, agriculture, and conservation projects – activities that, according to the preamble to the proposed rule “have not independently caused significant, population-level effects on the [NLEB]” and that are unrelated to the primary threat to this species – white nose syndrome,” the Members state in the letter.

“We believe the proposed 4(d) rule provides inadequate protections to both long-standing and new activities that are vital to communities throughout the NLEB’s extensive range.  We believe the impacts of these activities are ‘not expected to adversely affect conservation and recovery for the species,’ just as the Service stated in the proposed rule’s preamble for the few activities on which it focused…We urge you to protect the NLEB from population loss associated with WNS, without unduly burdening impacted communities and citizens, by driving up costs for farmers, foresters, and families who ultimately will have to bear the burden of any unnecessarily onerous rules,” the letter states. Read More

House Committee on Natural Resources Announces Hearing Schedule for March 2015

2015/03/03

Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources announced its hearing schedule for the month of March 2015. 

Hearing Details: 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
10:00AM
1324 Longworth HOB
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
“Examining the Spending Priorities and Missions of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) in the President’s FY 2016 Budget Proposal”

10:30AM
1334 Longworth HOB
Subcommittee on Federal Lands
“Examining the Spending Priorities and Missions of the National Park Service in the President’s FY 2016 Budget Proposal”

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
10:30AM
1334 Longworth HOB
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
“Effect of the President’s FY 2016 Budget and Legislative Proposals for the Office of Surface Mining on Private Sector Job Creation, Domestic Energy Production, State Programs and Deficit Reduction”

2:00PM
1324 Longworth HOB
Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs
“Funding Priorities for and the United States’ Responsibilities concerning Indians, Alaska Natives, and Insular Areas in the President’s FY 2016 Budget Request for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Health Service, Office of Insular Affairs, and Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians”

Thursday, March 19, 2015
9:30AM
1334 Longworth HOB
Joint Subcommittee Hearing - Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans and Subcommittee on Federal Lands
“Examining the Spending Priorities and Missions of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the President’s FY 2016 Budget Proposal”

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
10:00AM
1324 Longworth HOB
Subcommittee on Federal Lands
“Examining the Spending Priorities and Missions of the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management in the President’s FY 2016 Budget Proposal”

10:30AM
1334 Longworth HOB
Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans
“Examining the Spending Priorities and Missions of the Bureau of Reclamation, the Power Marketing Administrations and USGS Water Division in the President’s FY 2016 Budget Proposal”

1:00PM
1324 Longworth HOB
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
“Examining the Spending Priorities and Mission of the U.S. Geological Survey in the President’s FY 2016 Budget Proposal”

Thursday, March 26, 2015
9:00AM
1324 Longworth HOB
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
“Effect of the President’s FY 2016 Budget and Legislative Proposals for the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service’s Energy and Minerals Programs on Private Sector Job Creation, Domestic Energy and Minerals Production and Deficit Reduction” Read More

Chairman Bishop Interview on Morning in America with Bill Bennett

2015/03/02


Chairman Bishop Discusses Homeland Security Funding on C-SPAN

2015/03/02


Chairman Bishop Interview on Sirius XM Radio with Tim Farley

2015/02/26


Bishop on President Obama’s Keystone XL Pipeline Veto

2015/02/24

House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s veto of Keystone XL legislation today.  The legislation was approved earlier this month with bipartisan support in both the U.S. House and Senate and was sent to the President earlier today. 

“President Obama has played his final hand on Keystone XL. His veto of Congress’ bipartisan legislation reveals how far he is willing to go to cater to environmental extremists. His veto of Keystone degrades America’s energy leadership on the global stage and insults Canada, one of our greatest allies. 

“Over a year ago, the State Department concluded the pipeline project ‘is not likely to have a material impact on greenhouse gas emissions.’  Yet bizarrely, the President is placing the fantasies of fringe interest groups and his own misguided political legacy over the needs of the American people.”
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Chairman Bishop Reacts to Department of the Interior’s Proposed Rule for Artic Drilling Standards

2015/02/20

Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) issued the following statement on proposed regulations for exploration and drilling activities on the U.S. Arctic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) announced earlier today by the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). 

There’s a reason America has leapfrogged Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world’s top oil producer. Policies like this are not to thank. Responsible energy development on state and private lands is driving the U.S. economy, bringing manufacturing back to our shores, keeping energy prices low, and freeing us from the influence of OPEC. If we are to become independent of foreign oil, we must actively promote responsible development of federal assets that are energy-rich and abundant in supply.  Provisions in this rule cloud rather than clarify this prospect. I look forward to reviewing the intricacies of this rule and its impacts on limiting development.”  Read More

Chairman Bishop Reacts to Obama Administration’s Plans to Unilaterally Proclaim Three New National Monuments

2015/02/18

House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) released the following statement after President Obama announced his intentions to unilaterally proclaim three new national monuments using the Antiquities Act of 1906. 

“President Obama has sidelined the American public and bulldozed transparency by proclaiming three new national monuments through executive fiat. The Obama Administration claims these designations have public support, but we know that is a complete stretch of the truth.  The cost to taxpayers is anyone’s guess and the impacts upon local communities are unknown.  Congress has demonstrated that it can work in a collaborative fashion to fully vet and approve designations that have support from the public and their elected representatives. This White House has shown once again its utter and complete disdain for the public process, Congress, and the communities most impacted by these unilateral, unchecked land designations.”

The President’s designations include Pullman Historic District in Chicago, Illinois, Browns Canyon in Salida, Colorado, and the site of a World War II-era internment camp in Honouliuli, Hawaii, and will be formally announced on Thursday, February 19, 2015. 

Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee Chairman Doug Lamborn (CO-05), stated: “Despite his calls to be the most transparent administration in history, President Obama has once again chosen to stifle public input and thumb his nose at Congress. Top-down, big government approaches and land grabs through executive order disenfranchise concerned citizens, and that’s exactly what happened in the Browns Canyon region. During my time in Congress, I have heard from hundreds of locals who don’t want to see Browns Canyon declared a National Monument. The President’s unilateral designation of Browns Canyon casts aside the concerns raised by local citizens whose concerns about grazing rights, water rights, and the inability to manage and fight wildfire in the area that will now never be satisfactorily addressed. People must realize that national monuments created by Presidential executive order under the Antiquities Act often become underfunded and neglected orphan properties. This is because they are created outside the normal Congressional process and without local consensus, robbing the people of fair and open input. Browns Canyon does not deserve this kind of second-class status.” Read More

Bishop Lauds Colorado Governor’s Effort to Push Back Against Obama Administration’s Flawed Gunnison Sage Grouse Listing Designation

2015/02/11

House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) today issued the following statement in support of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper's (D) lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency's decision, under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), to list the Gunnison sage grouse as a “Threatened” species and designate more than 1.4 million acres in portions of eastern Utah and western Colorado.

"It is my hope that governors across the country take note of what is happening in Colorado.  The Gunnison sage grouse decision is emblematic of the federal government’s utter disregard for data-driven decisions and state and local input in ESA listing determinations. This is part of a broader radical agenda where science is neglected, successful state-led conservation efforts are ignored, and critical habitat designations are increasingly driven by environmental lawsuits and closed-door settlement agreements. It’s an agenda that’s failing at species restoration and harming local economies in growing numbers. I, along with many other Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate, support Governor Hickenlooper’s decision to stand up against this Administration and do what is right for his state."

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Contact Information

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2761
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naturalresources.house.gov


Membership

Dan Benishek

MICHIGAN's 1st DISTRICT

Rob Bishop

UTAH's 1st DISTRICT

Bradley Byrne

ALABAMA's 1st DISTRICT

Paul Cook

CALIFORNIA's 8th DISTRICT

Jeff Denham

CALIFORNIA's 10th DISTRICT

Jeff Duncan

SOUTH CAROLINA's 3rd DISTRICT

John Fleming

LOUISIANA's 4th DISTRICT

Louie Gohmert

TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

Paul Gosar

ARIZONA's 4th DISTRICT

Garret Graves

LOUISIANA's 6th DISTRICT

Crescent Hardy

NEVADA's 4th DISTRICT

Jody Hice

GEORGIA's 10th DISTRICT

Raul Labrador

IDAHO's 1st DISTRICT

Doug LaMalfa

CALIFORNIA's 1st DISTRICT

Doug Lamborn

COLORADO's 5th DISTRICT

Cynthia Lummis

WYOMING

Tom MacArthur

NEW JERSEY's 3rd DISTRICT

Tom McClintock

CALIFORNIA's 4th DISTRICT

Alex Mooney

WEST VIRGINIA's 2nd DISTRICT

Dan Newhouse

WASHINGTON's 4th DISTRICT

Amata Radewagen

AMERICAN SAMOA

Glenn Thompson

PENNSYLVANIA's 5th DISTRICT

Bruce Westerman

ARKANSAS' 4th DISTRICT

Rob Wittman

VIRGINIA's 1st DISTRICT

Donald Young

ALASKA

Ryan Zinke

MONTANA