House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in reaction to the appointment of Sonny Perdue to head the Department of Agriculture.
“The nomination of former Governor Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture is great news. He understands actual, competent forest management and its impact on the economy of rural communities. Healthy forests and protecting taxpayer resources are committee priorities that I know he will fight for alongside us. I congratulate Mr. Perdue on his appointment and look forward to working with him on a comprehensive wildfire package next Congress.”
H.R. 2647, the “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015,” passed the House on July 9, 2015 and was referred to the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee. S. 3085, the “Emergency Wildfire and Forest Management Act,” is similar to H.R. 2647. Both bills pair a responsible solution to “fire borrowing” with much needed reforms to improve forest health on federal lands.Click here to learn more about H.R. 2647. Read More
Yesterday, President Obama, in the face of broad opposition from local communities and elected officials, unilaterally expanded the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southwest Oregon and northern California. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement:
“The local communities did not vote for this and do not support it. When they fought to prevent it, the president looked the other way. He didn't listen or care. It's clear this decision was self-serving. It was made to dignify national special interests rather than the people impacted. Our committee will fight to make local voices heard and undo the damage created by the president's unrelenting abuse of power."
Background: A recent study from the Nature Conservancy and a 2014 environmental assessment from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management identified the areas being considered for the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument’s expansion at high risk to wildfire and in need of active management.
On November 1, 2016, Chairman Bishop, along with other members of the committee, sent a letter to President Obama, outlining local opposition to the monument designation and cautioning against further restricting land management activities in the area.Read More
Today, the House Republican Steering Committee released the Republican members that will serve on the House Committee on Natural Resources for the 115th Congress. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement:
“I am excited to welcome both new and returning members of the Committee. From better land and resource management to restraining the federal bureaucracy and creating greater economic opportunities for the people we represent, the work before us is critically important. The unique backgrounds and talents of our members will strengthen an aggressive agenda that we will pursue in partnership with a new administration.”
New Republican Members:
Daniel Webster (FL-11)
David Rouzer (NC-07)
Jack Bergman (MI-01)
Liz Cheney (WY-at large)
Mike Johnson (LA-04)
Jenniffer Gonzalez (PR-at large)
Returning Republican Members:
Rob Bishop (UT-01)
Don Young (AK-at large)
Louie Gohmert (TX-01)
Doug Lamborn (CO-05)
Rob Wittman (VA-01)
Tom McClintock (CA-04)
Steve Pearce (NM-02) *
Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05)
Paul Gosar (AZ-04)
Raul Labrador (ID-01)
Scott Tipton (CO-03) *
Doug LaMalfa (CA-01)
Jeff Denham (CA-10)
Paul Cook (CA-08)
Bruce Westerman (AR-04)
Garret Graves (LA-06)
Jody Hice (GA-10)
Amata Coleman Radewagen (AS-at large)
Darin LaHood (IL-18)
* Member has previously served on the Committee but not during the 114th Congress.Read More
Today, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) denied six pending geophysical and geological (G&G) permit applications to conduct seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement:
“First, Director Hopper told us she doesn’t support leasing until new seismic data is collected. Now she tells us she doesn’t support seismic surveying because she has canceled all the leasing. The Obama administration has rigged the system so that American energy cannot win.
“Seismic surveys have been conducted safely for decades including in the Atlantic, just look to our Canadian allies – they do it successfully. This permitting process started in 2009. It took eight years just to get rejected, and that’s unacceptable. Any prohibition on safe data collection offshore, even without leasing, is an incredibly poor precedent that should be reversed.”
The Offshore Continental Shelf Lands Act states “the outer Continental Shelf is a vital national resource reserve held by the Federal Government for the public, which should be made available for expeditious and orderly development, subject to environmental safeguards, in a manner which is consistent with the maintenance of competition and other national needs.”
Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement on the Committee’s accomplishments from the 114th Congress:
“For the past two years, our Committee developed new ideas and creative policies to solve problems and ennoble Americans. In some areas, the goal line was reached while in others the groundwork for future reform was laid. With a new administration that is willing to work with Congress and actually engage in problem solving, we have a tremendous opportunity to build upon these successes.”
Full Committee: At the onset of the 114th Congress, Chairman Bishop elevated the National Environmental Policy Act to the jurisdiction of the Full Committee and established a new subcommittee, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. The Committee advanced and passed… click HERE to learn more.
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources: The subcommittee worked to rein in burdensome regulatory policies impacting energy production and mining on federal lands, and pursued aggressive oversight against harmful executive regulations, rules and… click HERE to learn more.
Subcommittee on Federal Lands: The subcommittee fought to restore public access to federal lands, promote sound management practices, and reduce excessive and restrictive federal land acquisition and… click HERE to learn more.
Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs: The subcommittee played an integral role in addressing the fiscal crisis in Puerto Rico through hearings and oversight that ultimately led to… click HERE to learn more.
Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations: The newly created subcommittee led aggressive oversight of the executive branch and numerous administration policies, regulations and… click HERE to learn more.
Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans: The subcommittee worked towards enhancing water and power supplies and electricity reliability, reducing litigation and… click HERE to learn more.
Today, President Obama used the Antiquities Act to unilaterally declare Bears Ears National Monument in Utah and Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada. President Obama has abused the Antiquities Act to designate more national monuments and lock away more acreage than any other U.S. President in history. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement:
“Utah is saddened by this announcement today. It is alien to the desires of the overwhelming majority of Utahns. It’s also alien to the desires of the overwhelming number of Native Americans who live in this area, who will use this area, who approached us on how they wanted to function on this land. None of those desires are going to be accomplished by a monument designation.
“It is sad that there are special interest groups that feel that they are empowered, that feel that they can get the President to bend to their every will. Unfortunately, with today’s announcement, maybe there is some truth to that.
“Mr. President, I want you to know that we are saddened by this abuse of the Antiquities Act. It is sad that this entire process has been done in secrecy and in shadows. And Mr. President, I want you to know as Utahns, we will use every tool at our disposal to do the right thing—whether it be legislative action, judicial action, even executive action—because what we have seen so far is a poor procedure. It’s a poor policy and it reflects poorly on your legacy. As Utahns, we will fight to right this wrong.”Chairman Bishop added:
Click here to view a one-page summary of H.R. 5780.Click here to view more information on H.R. 5780. Read More
Today, President Obama banned offshore acreage in the Arctic and the Atlantic using section 12(a) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA). Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement:
“The extremes to which this president will go to appease special interests never ceases to amaze. This is not a moral calling, it’s an abuse of power. Scratch below the façade of pragmatism and it is nothing more than ideological chest-thumping from the president for the far left.
“This White House fails to understand that America’s offshore is the foundation of our energy strength, and its responsible development has served to insulate families and businesses from the whims of global oil cartels such as OPEC. This naïve and unprecedented executive action undercuts our competitiveness and threatens regional economies across the country.”Read More
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 Pacific Ocean, and the amendments to the Convention on Future Multilateral Cooperation in the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries.
“The President has signed hard-fought legislation to expand fisheries access, improve management and assert U.S. expertise and leadership on important international policy and regulatory matters. Congresswoman Aumua Amata, along with others in the House and Senate, diligently elevated the importance of this issue to American Samoa’s fishing fleets and other regions and worked tirelessly to advance this bill into law,” Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) said.
“I could not be happier to see that the President has signed the Ensuring Access to Pacific Fisheries Act into law. We worked for nearly two years on this legislation that is so important to our fishing industry, particularly in my home district of American Samoa, and I look forward to the positive impacts it will have for our fishing community. I want to thank my colleagues on the committee including Don Young and Chairman Bishop as well as our leadership in the House for their assistance in getting this bill through Congress. I also want to thank the numerous staff members who put in many late nights to get this bill signed into law,” Rep. Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-AS) said.
Today, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) released the final Stream Protection Rule. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement:
“The Obama administration jammed this futile, job-killing rule through under the wire. The only silver lining with today’s release is that their eight-year waste of taxpayer money finally comes to an end. I look forward to working with the Trump administration to overturn this unparalleled executive overreach and implement policies that protect communities forsaken by this administration.”
In 2010, OSM signed a memoranda of understanding with 11 states to act as cooperating agencies. These cooperating agencies, in theory, would have an important role in the development of the Environmental Impact Statement and subsequently the final rule.
In 2015, Chairman Bishop requested a Government Accountability Office review of OSM’s compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, particularly the mandate to “provide for meaningful participation” as nine of the 11 states withdrew as cooperating agencies.
On January 12, 2016, the House passed H.R. 1644 (Rep. Alex Mooney, R-WV), the “Supporting Transparent Regulatory and Environmental Actions in Mining Act (STREAM Act),” to block this rule and increase transparency in the development of regulations concerning stream buffer zones.Read More
House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in reaction to the appointment of Representative Ryan Zinke (R-MT) to head the Department of the Interior.
“Selfishly, I’m not crazy about this nomination, because Zinke was a bright freshman member of our committee. This will be a loss for us. I was looking forward to working with him on Resources and in the Western Caucus. However, this appointment gives us greater opportunity to help people and solve problems that face the West.
“In our committee, he dealt with many issues including transmission rights-of-way to move power from its production source to where the people are. He experienced firsthand the frustrations associated with an administration that didn’t put its priorities on helping people and effective land management.
“He also understands our frustrations with Interior’s arbitrary rules and regulations that put dogma ahead of helping people. He clearly understands Speaker Ryan’s Article I initiative. I am excited to have an administration that will now partner with Congress to solve problems created by years of mismanagement at Interior. I look forward to working with Zinke to create new solutions.”Read More
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