Committee on Natural Resources

Rob Bishop

Forest Mismanagement Causing Increasingly Catastrophic Wildfires, Devastating Impacts on Environment

2015/04/23

Today, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands held an oversight hearing on the devastating impacts of wildfire and the need to significantly increase forest management efforts on the National Forest System.

“Over the past thirty years, we have seen an 80 percent reduction in timber harvested from our national forests – and in the same period a concomitant increase in acreage destroyed by fire,” Subcommittee Chairman Tom McClintock (CA-04) stated. “In the name of protecting endangered species, we placed increasing tracts of land off limits to forest management, allowing our forests to become dangerously overcrowded and overgrown.”

“The full impact of these neglectful policies can be seen in the contrast between privately managed forest lands and public…Time and again, we see vivid boundaries between the young, healthy, growing forests managed without these restrictions, and the choked, dying or burned public forests managed under them,” McClintock added.

Full Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) highlighted the impact of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA) on the current forest management practices.  Chairman Bishop moved the oversight of NEPA and the ESA to the jurisdiction of the Full Committee at the beginning of the 114th Congress.  

“One common theme with this hearing and others: we are discussing laws that were passed several decades ago,” stated Bishop. “The testimony today underscores no one seems to be satisfied with national forest management and in many cases, it is the laws that Congress passed decades ago that are the problem.” 

There was bipartisan agreement that more work needs to be done to improve the health of federal forests. To read the witness testimony, click here

Background:

• National forests are increasingly becoming overgrown, fire-prone thickets due in part, to a lack of active management such as thinning forests to reduce fire danger. As a result, catastrophic wildfires are growing in number, size and intensity with devastating impacts to the environment. 

• The Forest Service recently identified 58 million acres as high risk for catastrophic wildfire or almost a third of the 193 million acre National Forest System. Due in part to increasing and lengthy regulatory processes and legal challenges, this year the agency plans thinning on less than three percent of that acreage. 

• From the mid 1950’s through the mid 1990’s, the average amount of timber harvested from the national forests averaged ten to twelve billion board feet. During the same period, the average annual amount of acres burned due to catastrophic wildfire, was 3.6 million acres per year.

• Since 1996, the average amount of timber harvested annually was between 1.5 and 3.3 billion board feet. Also since 1996, the average annual amount of acres burned due to catastrophic wildfire was over six million acres per year. Read More

Bishop Slams Department of the Interior Over Tribal Recognition Rulemaking Process

2015/04/23

On March 26, 2015, a bipartisan letter was sent to U.S.  Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell by Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Subcommittee Chairman Don Young (AK-at-large), Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA), Joe Courtney (D-CT), and Elizabeth H. Esty (D-CT) to express concern with proposed regulations governing tribal recognition (Part 83 of Title 25 of the Code Federal Regulations). Yesterday evening, during a subcommittee oversight hearing on Part 83, the Department announced the rule had already been sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for final review, despite the formal request from Members of Congress that the Department refrain from issuing final regulations until further oversight has been conducted on the proposed revisions.  

Chairman Bishop during the hearing addressed Interior Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn on the Department’s failure to consult with Congress. Click here to view the exchange.

Today, Chairman Bishop issued the following statement: 

“This is another slap in the face from this Administration that will not be tolerated.  Despite grave concerns from Republicans, Democrats, and a range of stakeholders that the proposed revisions to Part 83 will pose a direct threat to the integrity of tribal recognition procedures and the unique stature of existing tribes, we’ve been told these voices don’t matter. We requested that the Department engage with Congress and refrain from moving to finalize these regulations until this Committee has conducted appropriate oversight. This week, we find the Department has already sent the rule to OMB for final approval, which is unacceptable.  If the Department fails to address these concerns moving forward, I will use every tool at my disposal to block this deeply flawed regulation from being implemented. Mark my words.”  

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AP: Lawmaker tells administration: Pull back Indian tribe rules

2015/04/23

The chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee is demanding that the Obama administration hold off on new rules that could make it easier for Indian groups to win federal recognition as tribes.

American Indians have been pushing for years to revise the process, but proposed regulations nearing the finish line have deeply divided existing tribes, and Congress.

Rep. Rob Bishop, a Utah Republican, says he's prepared to use every tool at his disposal to block enactment of the regulations. He criticized the Interior Department for forwarding the regulations to the Office of Management and Budget for final approval earlier this week. He said the administration has ignored lawmakers' requests to hold off on the rules until Congress has a chance to review them.

"Are our concerns not important to you?" Bishop asked an Obama administration official during a subcommittee hearing Wednesday evening.

Kevin Washburn, an assistant secretary of the Department of Interior, said the administration has been criticized for moving too slowly on the regulations, and he refused Bishop's request.

"There's been a lot of oversight. In fact, that's where we got a lot of our ideas," Washburn said. "... There's been an enormous amount of effort, and we are going to try to get this done."

Federal recognition has been granted to 566 American tribes, and it is sought by others because of the health and education benefits it brings to tribal members, along with opportunities for commercial development. Under the current recognition process, which dates back to 1978, the Interior Department has recognized 17 tribes and denied 34 requests.

A proposed rule issued 11 months ago changes some of the thresholds groups would need to meet to be federally recognized as a tribe. For example, the proposed regulation reduced how far back in time a tribe must demonstrate it has been a distinct political entity with authority over its members. The proposed regulation would also allow tribes denied federal recognition to try again.

Republicans and Democrats in Congress have expressed concern about the cost to the federal government. Existing tribes have raised issues ranging from increased competition for casinos to stretching federal dollars allocated for Native Americans.

"The legitimacy of the federal acknowledgement process, no matter how cumbersome, must be protected," said Robert Martin, chairman of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, based in California.

Washburn told lawmakers that some of the concerns he's heard from lawmakers and existing tribes will be addressed when the final regulations are enacted.

"It's a difficult compromise because we've got people all over the political map on this. But my job is to do what I think is right, and I think we've reached that," Washburn said.

Bishop was insistent, though, about pulling the regulations back to allow more congressional input.

"One way or another, we're going to push you until we do it the right way," Bishop said.

 
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163 Members of Congress Urge Administration to Increase Energy Production in Outer Continental Shelf

2015/04/23

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, along with Sens. Tim Scott, R-S.C., Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, today led 159 of their Senate and House colleagues in urging Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to increase access to the energy resources on our nation’s outer continental shelf (OCS). 

The bicameral letter comes in response to the administration’s draft 2017-2022 five-year OCS leasing program (DPP), which offered an historically low number of leases while imposing greater restrictions on offshore energy activity, and Secretary Jewell’s most recent comments that leases offered in the DPP may be reduced even further.

“As members of Congress committed to a strong, comprehensive domestic energy strategy, we wholeheartedly believe that the United States must not shrink away from developing our nation’s offshore energy resources. A robust five-year OCS program should be a key component of the administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy that can continue to advance the job creation, economic growth and energy security gains that the U.S. has enjoyed thanks to the recent boom in energy production on state and private lands,” the members wrote in a letter sent to Jewell today. “We fear that the currently proposed DPP sets the stage for energy insecurity instead of domestic prosperity. While we were pleased to see the administration finally take a step in the right direction by including one potential lease sale in the Atlantic in the draft plan, this step was offset by the additional restrictions in the Atlantic and area withdrawals in the offshore of Alaska.”

The Obama administration has placed 85 percent of the nation’s OCS off-limits to oil and natural gas activity. Calling this “counterproductive to efforts to boost our nation’s economy,” the signers of Thursday’s letter called on the administration to work with them to advance a five-year leasing program that strengthens America’s energy position in the world.

“Our struggling economy is on the verge of a transformational manufacturing renaissance and is capable of producing the resources needed to make it a reality,” the members wrote. “We ask that you actually work with Congress on this important proposal.  We are at a critical time in developing America’s energy policy and decisions we make today will have an impact on future U.S. oil and natural gas production. Such decisions will also significantly impact our standing in a volatile global economy. It is important that the administration is forward-thinking in America’s energy development planning and we are eager to work with the administration to ensure we are headed down the path to prosperity and security through increased offshore American energy production.”

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Committee Reviews Innovations in Safety in the Five Years Following the Deepwater Horizon Tragedy

2015/04/22

Today, the Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight hearing to commemorate the five year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy and to review safety innovations that the industry has put forth since then. 

“Five years since the Macondo spill in the Gulf, there is widespread recognition that a great deal has been accomplished to address safety and environmental issues raised by this tragedy.  Moving forward, improvements to safety and promoting responsible offshore energy development will require the continued involvement of both private and public sectors working collaboratively…Early on, American energy producers immediately took action to develop new standards, recommended practices, and audits related to safety and environmental management systems.  This week in Houston, Secretary Jewell applauded the work of the oil and gas industry in improving offshore drilling safety. We appreciate her recognition of this fact,” Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) said in his opening statement. “...This Committee alone has held sixteen hearings since the incident…As we focus on the Innovations in Safety Since the 2010 Macondo Incident, let’s give credit where it is due and look for opportunities to improve as new technologies are made commercially available and new safety innovations are developed.”

Gulf Coast Committee Members Rep. Bradley Byrne (AL-01) and Rep. Garret Graves (LA-06) issued the following statements: 

“The Gulf Coast has come a long way since the Macondo incident, and I know the industry has as well. Despite the progress, more work remains. Offshore energy production is critical to our region’s economy, and we should strike an important balance as we implement new protocols and guidelines. That said, we must ensure it is being conducted in a way that is safe for the men and women who work in the industry, as well as the thousands of people who live and work on the Gulf,” said Rep. Byrne.

“Energy production in the Gulf of Mexico has long powered this nation’s economy. Offshore Louisiana has provided billions of barrels of oil and trillions of cubic feet of natural gas – and we’ve done it safely. Domestic energy production is the key to America’s long-term energy security and is tied to hundreds of thousands of jobs across the nation. As we take a look at the industry advancements since the Macondo incident, it’s critical that we appreciate the anomalous nature of that disaster and avoid policies of over-correction that stifle innovation, jeopardizing our ability to safely expand exploration and production,” Rep. Graves stated.

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Chairman Rob Bishop Opening Statement at the Full Committee Oversight Hearing

2015/04/22

Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) of the Committee on Natural Resources made the following opening statement at today's oversight hearing entitled "Innovations in Safety Since the 2010 Macondo Incident."

Remarks as prepared - Five years since the Macondo spill in the Gulf, there is widespread recognition that a great deal has been accomplished to address safety and environmental issues raised by this tragedy.  Moving forward, improvements to safety and promoting responsible offshore energy development will require the continued involvement of both private and public sectors working collaboratively.

While today’s hearing will certainly cover this important interchange, our discussion will focus on industry innovations, which have been the initial driving force behind most, if not all, regulatory and operational changes that have occurred in the industry since 2010.  Early on, American energy producers immediately took action to develop new standards, recommended practices, and audits related to safety and environmental management systems.  This week in Houston, Secretary Jewell applauded the work of the oil and gas industry in improving offshore drilling safety.    

The Department of the Interior’s response, however, involved subagencies dissecting into separate subagencies, resulting in the revenue collection office now known as the Office of Natural Resources Revenue, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).  
I do not mean to suggest that the Department of Interior spent all of its efforts these past five years rearranging the deck chairs, even though it is questionable if all of that effort really has resulted in improved safety and environmental protections. But, that is a subject for a different day.  

Following industry’s lead, the Department has issued several regulations, including the drilling safety rule and the workplace safety rule and its updates (SEMS I and SEMS II). Within the past couple of weeks, the Department released its well control rule, commonly referred to as the “blowout preventer rule.”  

As we hear testimony today from the witnesses, I and others will be listening carefully to the witnesses’ opinions on whether the Department has struck the right balance, in its proposed and final regulations, between ensuring the safety of the offshore workplace and protecting the environment, and enabling private enterprise to responsibly develop our nation’s resources for the benefit of the taxpayers.  

After all, offshore bonuses, rental payments, and royalties totaled approximately $7.4 billion in 2014.  Without that money, the Federal government would be forced to make up revenue through either increasing taxes elsewhere or adding to mammoth deficits.  Rather than seek reasonable balance, federal regulatory agencies tend to overreach, having the ultimate effect of stifling innovation, undermining safety, and restricting development.  I look forward to hearing from the witnesses to see if that is indeed the case.      
    
Additionally, Congress has been criticized for not doing enough in the aftermath of the Macondo incident.  A brief reminder about how the process is supposed to work is in order.  Congress enacts laws that set policy and empowers federal agencies to promulgate regulations for the more detailed governance and enforcement.  Congress funds the initiatives.  The Federal agencies promulgate rules after extensive public input from all stakeholders willing to participate.  

Industry participants conduct their business in compliance with those regulations or face the penalties for failing to do so.  Congress conducts oversight of the federal agencies to determine the agencies’ compliance with the enabling statutes.  It is incumbent upon regulated industries to take it upon themselves to self-regulate as well through the issuance of standards and best practices.  

Just relating to the Macondo incident, this Committee alone has held sixteen hearings since the incident, ranging from budget matters for the Department to restoration of the Gulf.  As we focus on the “Innovations in Safety Since the 2010 Macondo Incident,” the title of this hearing, let’s give credit where it is due and look for opportunities to improve as new technologies are made commercially available and new safety innovations are developed. 

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Hiking Oil and Gas Royalty Rates Latest “Regulatory Assault” On Energy Development on Federal Lands

2015/04/17

The Bureau of Land Management announced the first step in a plan to increase royalty rates on federal lands, the latest regulatory action on oil and natural gas development on federal lands. House Natural Resources Committee Spokeswoman Julia Bell released the following statement:

“At a time when oil and natural gas production on state and private land is up 89% since 2010, and federal production is down 10%, it’s unbelievable that we have yet another regulatory assault from the Obama administration on energy development on federal lands. Hiking the royalty rates will further curtail production and decrease revenue flowing to the federal Treasury,” Bell said.

“Not only does the federal government want to overregulate what is already handled by the state, as in the case of the BLM fracturing rule, they want to do it much slower – and now they want to charge more money for it. The reality is not that the American people aren’t getting the right return on investment from the oil and gas industry, but the American people aren’t getting the right return on investment from the federal government, which is stunting growth and harming our energy security.

“The administration’s agenda has once again been prioritized above rural schools and communities with federal lands, most of which are in the West, that rely on revenue from energy development for education funding,” Bell concluded. Read More

Committee Hearing Highlights States’ Frustration with Obama Administration’s Restrictive Offshore Leasing Plan

2015/04/15

Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on the Obama Administration’s Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2017-2022, released on January 27. Witnesses included Governor Pat McCrory, who testified on how federal regulatory policies governing offshore energy development are negatively impacting economic growth in North Carolina, and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Hopper.
 
Governor McCrory

“States such as North Carolina…can’t afford to potentially squander millions of dollars in preparation for a frontier industry that has the potential to be shut down at any time by the federal government. If we are serious about pursuing safe, responsible offshore energy development in the Atlantic, then the Obama Administration must provide states the certainty we require to start building the regulatory and structural foundation on which the industry can grow...By unleashing the energy potential off our Atlantic coasts, we will move America one step closer to energy independence and create new opportunities for all of North Carolina,” North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory testified. 

Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01), Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee Chairman Doug Lamborn (CO-5), and Committee Members Rep. Garret Graves (LA-06) and Rep. Rob Wittman (VA-01) issued the following statements following the hearing: 

“Future offshore oil and gas production is dependent upon a robust offshore lease offering. The Obama Administration’s five-year leasing plan reveals once again that its goal is not to increase energy security, despite its claims to the American people. Assuming all the leases even make it to the finalized plan, which is doubtful given this Administration’s track record, this proposal has the lowest number of lease sales since the program’s inception and contains extensive buffer zones which take valuable resources off the table for years. This plan derails the energy hopes of states and hijacks the nation’s hopes of global energy leadership,” stated Chairman Bishop

"The Obama Administration often touts that it is committed to promoting oil and gas production on federal lands, including the Outer Continental Shelf. However their draft five year lease plan contains the lowest number of lease sales in history and it can only get worse because there is no guarantee that even those few sales will remain in the final plan. Instead of continuing to lock away our energy resources, this Administration should commit to an aggressive offshore leasing strategy that clearly demonstrates a strong commitment to OCS oil and gas production that will provide for our nation's long-term energy security," stated Subcommittee Chairman Lamborn.

“Virginia has been asking for offshore leasing and exploration for the last decade, and this lease sale presents a tremendous opportunity,” Rep. Rob Wittman said. “There is broad bipartisan support for opening the Atlantic OCS for oil and gas development, as the Commonwealth stands to gain 25,000 jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity. Offshore energy production in the Atlantic Ocean will allow the U.S. to harness our domestic energy potential, decrease dependency on foreign oil, create thousands of new jobs, and generate millions in government revenue.”

“America has two choices – we can continue to import hundreds of billions of dollars of energy from Venezuela, Africa and the Middle East or we can hire American workers to produce offshore energy right here at home.  The Administration’s proposed 5-year OCS lease plan suggests the president is content with relying upon foreign countries who do not share American values to the detriment of American workers and jobs,” said Rep. Garret Graves.

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Chairman Tom McClintock Opening Statement at the Subcommittee on Federal Lands Oversight Hearing

2015/04/15

The Federal Lands sub-committee meets today to review federal land acquisition policies and their impact on communities and the environment.

Last month, this sub-committee received testimony from the government’s land management agencies regarding their 2016 budget requests.  All expressed a burning desire to vastly increase their holdings, while admitting to large and growing backlogs of deferred maintenance.  Congressman Gohmert summed up the situation nicely when he compared our land managers with the wealthy old miser whose dilapidated house had become the neighborhood eyesore while he spent all his time and money plotting to buy more and more property from his neighbors.   Lincoln summed up this proclivity by comparing it to the farmer who said, “I ain’t greedy for land – all I want is what’s next to mine.”  

That’s the issue before us today.   Most federal land acquisition is authorized under the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965.  Funds for this act come from federal OCS royalties, but are generally appropriated by Congress and thus must be evaluated each year in competition with other pressing priorities.  This 50-year old act expires in September, offering the 114th Congress an opportunity to thoroughly examine its mission and impacts and to make adjustments accordingly.
  
About a quarter of LWCF funding goes to the state-side grant program, which seems to have been most successful.  This is the program most members cite when extolling benefits from the LWCF.  We will hear today from Domenic Bravo, Administrator, Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails, about his state’s experience with this portion of the program.  It seems to me that because it requires a match from the states and is administered through state agencies, there has been far greater accountability in developing state parks and recreational areas with the highest public demand.

The major controversy seems to arise from sweeping federal land acquisitions and plans outlined by the agencies for as much as a 373 percent increase in spending for this purpose, as the BLM proposes.  

I have often noted that the Federal government owns just 25 percent of the land area of Washington, D.C., but owns 67 percent of the state of Alaska, 40 percent of the state of California and in the case of one county in my district, 92 percent of Alpine County, California.   When the Plantagenet kings seized just 30 percent of the land for government use, it was so damaging and so resented that no fewer than five clauses of the Magna Carta were devoted to redressing the public’s grievances.

At a prior hearing, I repeated the concerns expressed to me by the ----- fire district in the Lake Tahoe basin that excessive federal land acquisitions were steadily sapping the property tax base it relies upon for revenue.

Proponents of federal land acquisition point out that cleaning up checkerboard land ownership patterns can improve efficiency of administering these lands.  The question, though, is whether this objective is better reached by constantly expanding the federal footprint, or rather by acquiring land-locked parcels by divesting other parcels that are at the periphery of the federal holdings.  

We will soon hear from County Supervisor Robert Lovingood of San Bernardino County.  His district has lost roughly 900,000 acres of land to the federal government.  The result is a shrinking tax base for his county that undermines its ability to pay for basic public services such law enforcement, roads and public education while suppressing commerce and depressing the economy.  This is a common complaint of county supervisors throughout my district, which spans five national forests and two national parks.  

As we will hear from Shawn Regan of the Property and Environment Research Center, calls for accelerated federal land acquisitions come at a time when the federal government’s ability to manage our current holdings is conspicuously apparent. These agencies have already confessed to a maintenance backlog approaching $20 billion.  We have already lost millions of acres of precious natural forests to fire, pestilence and disease due to a forest management policy that can only be described as benign neglect.  

Annual funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund comes from the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill—it is discretionary funding, not mandatory.  It is therefore incumbent upon Congress to set priorities for the management of our public lands and whether we should be acquiring vast new holdings in light of desperate need for fire prevention, fire suppression, wildlife management and facilities maintenance and improvement.  This sub-committee will not shrink from that responsibility. With that, I’m pleased to introduce the Ranking Member.

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Witnesses Critique Federal Land Acquisition through Land and Water Conservation Fund, Praise States’ Recreational Management

2015/04/15

Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands held an oversight hearing titled, “Federal Land Acquisition and its Impacts on Communities and the Environment.”  Witness testimony focused on the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act (LWCF) of 1965, which expires on September 30, 2015.    

Under the LWCF, federal land acquisition historically has received the vast majority of the program’s funding.  The stateside program, despite far greater returns in fulfilling the intent of the 1965 law, which was to ensure greater access to outdoor recreation for the American public, only comprises a quarter of total funding. 

"Our federal lands already face billions of dollars in critical deferred maintenance projects. The National Park Service alone, for example, faces a backlog of $11.5 billion in deferred maintenance projects. These unfunded projects include deteriorating facilities, leaky waste water systems, and deficient roads, bridges, and trails. With the total federal estate now at more than 635 million acres, and the extent of the unmet management needs on those lands, spending hundreds of millions of dollars each year through the LWCF to acquire new lands is simply irresponsible,” said Shawn Regan, Research Fellow, Property and Environment Research Center. “Instead, Congress should prioritize the maintenance and care of the land and facilities that federal agencies already own over further land acquisitions. The reauthorization of the LWCF presents an opportunity for Congress to address many of the critical unfunded needs on existing federal lands and prevent further increases in the deferred maintenance backlog on federal lands."

"For the land acquired by BLM, the agency faces management mandates that work against its multiple-use management mission and basic Congressional direction. In practice, rather than multiple-use, it translates to non-use,” said Robert Lovingood, Supervisor, First District, San Bernardino County. “Federal acquisition of more lands results in further unfunded mandates that hinder multiple-use access on thousands of square miles of the public’s land. While the federal government is responsible for the Mojave National Park, the federal government didn’t take responsibility for maintaining public roads within those lands. Many of those roads are so deteriorated that they are nearly impassable. Our ultimate goal is to strike a balance between economic growth and protection of our natural resources. Endless expansion of the federal estate does not foster that goal."

"The LWCF Act was designed to create close to home recreation opportunities and originally 60% of the funds in this program were specifically set aside for state and local projects.  The remaining 40% was for federal agency land acquisition. Over the years, federal advocates have lobbied to change the program so there is no longer any state and local guarantee of funding. Since that time federal programs have taken over the vast majority of the funding,” said Domenic Bravo, CPM Administrator, Wyoming Division of State Parks. “Realigning spending with the original intent of the legislation would mean millions more spent close to home on priority projects determined by state actors who know best what local constituents want and need in terms of outdoor recreation. We all recognize the current limitations on the Federal budget. But every member of Congress can agree that the dollars invested through the LWCF State Assistance Program for local projects like parks, ball fields, pools, and playgrounds which preserve those spaces in perpetuity are very worthy investments in the future health and well-being of America."

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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