U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) today announced the roster of Republican members who will serve on the committee and five subcommittees in the 114th Congress, and the creation of a new subcommittee that will have jurisdiction over all committee oversight matters.
“Over the next two years, the House Natural Resources Committee will pursue an active legislative agenda and provide aggressive oversight of the Obama Administration,” said Chairman Bishop. “Today, I am proud to announce the Republican members of the committee for the 114th Congress. These are knowledgeable and dedicated public servants who will play a vital role in strengthening America’s Federal lands and modernizing related natural resource management policies. I look forward to working with them and with the full committee during this legislative session.”
“Given the increased need for congressional oversight of the Executive Branch’s actions and regulations, I am also pleased to announce the formation of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. This restructuring will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of committee operations,” Chairman Bishop added.
Due to the new Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, the jurisdictions of existing subcommittees, which are listed below, have been reconfigured. Additionally, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA) will be under exclusive jurisdiction of the Full Committee. Member subcommittee assignments, including leadership appointments, will be announced at a later date.
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
Subcommittee on Federal Lands
Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Subcommittee on Water, Power & Oceans
Paul Cook (CA-08)
Bruce Westerman (AR-04)
Garret Graves (LA-06)
Dan Newhouse (WA-04)
Ryan Zinke (MT-at large)
Jody Hice (GA-10)
Amata Coleman Radewagen (AS-at large)
Tom MacArthur (NJ-03)
Alex Mooney (WV-02)
Cresent Hardy (NV-04)
Rob Bishop (UT-01)
Don Young (AK-at large)
Louie Gohmert (TX-01)
Doug Lamborn (CO-05)
Rob Wittman (VA-01)
John Fleming (LA-04)
Tom McClintock (CA-04)
Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05)
Cynthia Lummis (WY-at large)
Dan Benishek (MI-01)
Jeff Duncan (SC-03)
Paul Gosar (AZ-04)
Raul Labrador (ID-01)
Doug LaMalfa (CA-01)
Bradley Byrne (AL-01)
Jeff Denham (CA-10)
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House Natural Resources Committee majority staff released a report today that questions the independence and accountability of the peer review process in recent Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing decisions. The report entitled, “Under the Microscope: An examination of the questionable science and lack of independent peer review in Endangered Species Act listing decisions” studies the federal government’s peer review process for 13 different ESA listing decisions made by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) since July 2013. The report found numerous examples of potential bias and conflicts of interests with the peer reviewers and a lack of transparency and consistency in the peer review process.
“The decision of whether or not to list a species under the Endangered Species Act has significant implications for the economy and livelihoods of impacted communities and private landowners. As such, these important decisions must be based on sound science that has undergone an independent peer review. This report raises troubling concerns about the lack of independence of the peer review process and whether many current, upcoming or recently finalized listing decisions, such as the White Bluffs Bladderpod in my Central Washington district, are scientifically sound,” said House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04). “With hundreds of ESA listings driven by this Administration’s closed-door settlements with litigious groups, discovery of any potential bias about how ESA data and science are reviewed casts serious doubt on the credibility of these decisions, and provides more evidence that the ESA needs continued oversight and updating.”
Specific findings of the report include:
The U.S. Senate today passed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015, which included a provision authored by House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) to establish a fair, predictable fee-setting system for families who own cabins in our National Forests. The bill will now be sent to the President to be signed into law.
"After years of hard work to fix this problem, I’m pleased that this bill is now on its way to being signed into law. It puts a fair solution in place by creating a stable pricing structure and will help keep these family-owned cabins affordable for future generations to enjoy,” said Hastings.
Cabin owners have recently been faced with arbitrary, skyrocketing fees as a result of a faulty appraisal system that has allowed annual cabin fees to increase exponentially. Unable to afford the mounting fees, owners are faced with the choice of selling their cabins or abandoning and tearing them down. Hastings’ Cabin Fee Act of 2014, which was the basis for this provision, establishes a simple, predictable fee-setting system under which cabin lots are assigned a place on a six tiered fee structure based on current appraisal.
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House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) today praised the Senate for its bipartisan approval of the Carl Levin & Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015, which included a bipartisan agreement (Title 30) on provisions under the jurisdiction of the House Natural Resources Committee and the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee. The bill will now go to President Obama to be signed into law.
“I commend my colleagues in the Senate for working with us in a bipartisan fashion to advance a number of important public land measures that will promote job creation and economic growth,” said Chairman Hastings. “Included in this agreement are nearly three dozen House-passed suspension bills that had languished in the Senate. Our ability to come together and send these bills to the President’s desk represents a win for our country and for the communities throughout the West that will benefit from these measures.”
To learn more about the natural resources provisions passed as part of NDAA, click here.
The Senate today approved the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015, which included several long-term priorities important to Washington state, and particularly Central Washington. These provisions were included as part of bipartisan agreement between the House Natural Resources Committee and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The House approved the bill last week and it will now go to President Obama to be signed into law.
“This bipartisan agreement is a victory for Washington state and the Central Washington district I’ve had the honor to represent. It includes several long-term priorities for which the people of Central Washington have strongly advocated for years and their support and determination has helped get these bills over the finish line,” said Congressman Hastings. “This achievement would not have been possible without the hard work of Senator Murray, Senator Cantwell, Representative Reichert, and Representatives Larsen and DelBene.”
Provisions impacting Washington state include:
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