Washington, D.C. -- Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) released the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement that the administration has rejected the proposal for the Keystone XL pipeline. This project, which has been under review for seven years, would bring crude oil from Alberta, Canada to the gulf coast.
“It’s absurd that the White House has rejected the Keystone XL pipeline project,” Stewart said. “Numerous environmental studies have been conducted by the President’s own State Department, and all have concluded that this project is safe and will not have significant environmental impacts.“
“While I’m not surprised, it’s unfortunate that this President is establishing a pattern of playing politics with our energy development and economy.”Read More
Washington, D.C. -- Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) released the following statement in response to the President’s memorandum on “Mitigating Impacts on Natural Resources from Development and Encouraging Related Private Investment”. This memorandum calls on federal agencies to take additional steps to offset the environmental impacts of development, specifically expanding the 26 year old “no net loss” wetlands policy. It would have a significant impact on use of federal lands and potentially on the use of all natural resources.
“The President’s Executive Memorandum is a very big deal,” Stewart said. "It is destructive to State’s rights, the political process, and good policy and to call it a power grab is a gross understatement. If this is carried out, it would be devastating for economic activity in the western United States. Equally appalling, it will further erode the basic trust between American people and this president.”
“We all want to protect the environment, but it doesn’t have to be at the cost of our western way of life.”
“As a member of the Appropriations committee, I will use every tool at my disposal to ensure that this outrageous Presidential decree is never implemented.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) released the following statement after voting against the budget deal, which increases the debt ceiling and government spending:
“I’ve always said that any increase of the debt ceiling must be coupled with significant spending and entitlement reforms that will balance our budget and allow us to begin paying down the debt. I could not vote for today’s budget deal because it does not include sufficient reforms or spending cuts. I can’t agree to immediate spending increases in exchange for the promise of future savings.”Read More
WASHINGTON— Chairman of the Federal Lands Action Group, Rep. Chris Stewart, and Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Rep. Rob Bishop, hosted the second forum in a series aimed at exploring best practices with regard to public land management and ownership.
The forum included witnesses representing western state and local governments. Witnesses presented testimony and answered questions from members of Congress in the action group.
In his opening remarks, Rep. Chris Stewart said, “We are focused on dispelling the myth that the federal government is the only possible steward of public lands and, more importantly, discussing innovative ideas for devolving control and management of public lands to state and local governments.”
Rep. Rob Bishop said, “States have both the expertise and the resources to oversee the lands within their borders. Washington does not know best. Those who try to dictate from afar are often stubborn and out-of-touch. Today’s forum has highlighted numerous methods states can employ to handle federal lands in ways best suited to meet the needs of the local people.”
David Hinkins, Utah State Senator – “In the decades-long tug-of-war over Utah’s federal lands, the only thing certain has been uncertainty. Many of the Utah lands we each represent are locked in a temporary land use designation that virtually prohibits access. Others are caught in an unpredictable and ambiguous federal land management policy. No one is happy with the precarious nature of the status quo, which makes planning for the future nearly impossible. We need more local input. A local process also provides the advantage of giving state land managers the chance to prove the efficacy of state land management practices.”
Gordon Cruickshank, Commissioner, Valley County, Idaho, discussed using Community Forest Trusts as a model to promote more sustainable management of our public lands. Cruickshank said, “The current regime of inaction in federal land management is not working. It is endangering the ecological health of our treasured landscapes and the economic health of our communities. Counties in my state have come together to develop a better way forward to meet the needs of our lands and our communities. I hope the Federal Lands Action Group will consider the Community Forest Trust model as it works to develop proposals to promote local control in public lands management.”
Pete Obermueller, Executive Director of WY State Commissioners Association, which represents all of the Wyoming County Commissioners, said “the facts show that often states and local governments are better managers of the resources we care so deeply about in the West. It is supremely frustrating to be charged by your constituents to manage the health and economic welfare of your county, but be stymied by federal agencies that do not always share those values.”
Mike Baughman, President of Intertech Services Corporation and Executive Director of Lincoln County Regional Development Authority – “The high percentage of federally administered land in Nevada necessarily results in the state having a paucity of state and private land, ranking last among all 50 states. Many important decisions regarding authorization of land uses and environmental management face institutional and temporal uncertainty as decision-making is subjected to myriad of federal statutes, regulations and policies and decision-making is often relegated from local to state offices then on to agency leadership in Washington, D.C.”
A video of today’s forum:
Pictures of the event can be found here.
For information about the first forum, click here.
For more information about the Federal Land Action Group, click here.
Washington, D.C. — Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), a former Air Force pilot and member of the House Intelligence Committee, released the following statement after President Obama vetoed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA is the legislation used to authorize all of the funding and activities of the United States Military.
“It’s unbelievable that President Obama has vetoed NDAA,” Stewart said. “This is the first time in 53 years that a president has vetoed the defense bill for a reason unrelated to policy. In fact, his veto isn’t even related to defense! He’s upset that Republicans aren’t increasing spending for his regulatory agencies, so he’s holding the defense bill hostage. That’s the definition of playing politics with our national security.”
“By vetoing this bill, the President is sacrificing our military readiness during a critical fight against ISIS and terrorist groups around the world. He's not paying our brave soldiers, and denying them of much needed retirement and healthcare reforms. For the sake of our national security, it is critical that we quickly override this veto and authorize the activities of our United States Military."Read More
Washington, D.C. – The Federal Land Action Group, led by Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Utah) and Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah), will hold their next forum on Monday, October 26, 2015 entitled “More Local Control of Public Lands: Efforts at the state and local level ”.
For more information about past forums, click here.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) released the following statement after voting against the Continuing Resolution:
“I voted against today’s continuing resolution because morally I cannot continue to allow federal tax dollars to fund Planned Parenthood, an organization participating in such horrific activities. Funding for woman’s services is extremely important, which is why our tax dollars should be redirected to the other 13,500 women’s clinics around the country.”
“As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I’m proud that our committee passed all 12 appropriations bills this year. We must move beyond continuing resolutions and restore the full appropriations process."
Washington, D.C. – Following the resignation of House Speaker John Boehner, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) released the following statement:
“The position as Speaker of the House is a very tough and thankless job. The speaker takes arrows for the House of Representatives every day. I am grateful for Speaker Boehner’s years of service to our country and wish him the best in his future endeavors. I am hopeful that our new Speaker will be able to unite the conference and further our conservative, fiscally responsible ideals.”
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Chris Stewart is the Congressman from Utah’s Second Congressional District. He is a No. 1 New York Times best-selling and national award-winning author, world-record-setting Air Force pilot, and the former owner/CEO of a small business.
Chris is one of ten children and grew up on a dairy farm in Cache Valley. He graduated from Utah State University, where he earned his degree in economics. Upon graduation, Chris joined the United States Air Force where he was the Distinguished Graduate (top of his class) in both Officer Training School and Undergraduate Pilot Training. He served for fourteen years as a pilot in the Air Force, flying both rescue helicopters and the B-1B bomber. He holds three world speed records, including the world’s record for the fastest non-stop flight around the world.
Chris is a prolific author having written 17 books, several of which have become national best-sellers, and have been published in six different countries.
Before being elected to Congress, Chris served as president and CEO of the Shipley Group, a nationally recognized firm for consulting expertise in energy and the environment. He and his wife, Evie, are the parents of six children.
Chris now serves as a member of House Appropriations Committee.
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