The bill will require the National Park Service to promulgate a rule to allow paddling in the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks three years after funds become available. This gives ample time for park officials to conduct the necessary National Environmental Policy Act studies and analyses. The new rule would then replace regulations, in place since 1950, which prohibited paddling in both parks to curb overfishing. These outdated regulations have tied the hands of the Park Service from even considering proposals from the paddling community.
The House Natural Resources Committee also adopted a Rep. Lummis amendment by voice vote. The amendment alleviates the implementation burden on the National Park Service (NPS) by designating a small portion of the waterways in the parks for the rulemaking. The NPS will retain full management over paddling in the parks and will retain discretion on whether to go through a rulemaking to open additional waterways as it sees fit. Backcountry lake paddling management has proven that the NPS is up to the task of managing paddling on waterways while protecting natural resources.
“My bill will remove a 60-year-old federal ban on paddling that is no longer applicable today. In fact, the outdated regulations have prevented responsible public enjoyment of these waterways,” said Rep. Lummis. “I took great care to ensure the Park Service has the time, resources, and public input necessary to write a responsible management plan. My amendment also alleviates the burden on the Park Service by reducing the required scope of the rulemaking to 10 percent of the total river miles in the parks. If passed, the end result will align Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park with other national parks across the country that offer this low-impact way for the public, and especially America’s youth, to have truly unforgettable experiences. With the National Park Service’s centennial next year, this is a perfect opportunity to encourage a new generation of Americans to enjoy our nation’s natural wonders.”
The Yellowstone and Grand Teton Paddling Act:
· Ensures that the National Park Service remains in charge of all management and supervision over paddling access through their agency rulemaking.
· Creates an open, public process where folks can work with Park Superintendents to ensure paddling is balanced with other uses of the park and protecting natural features.
· Designates a floor of rivers and streams for the rulemaking while leaving additional waters to the discretion of the NPS.
· Requires no new construction or facilities and does not authorize commercial outfitting.
· Allows the NPS to charge cost recovery fees for registration.
For introduced bill text please click here.
For amendment text click here.
U.S. Senator Michael B. Enzi, U.S. Senator John Barrasso and Congressman Cynthia M. Lummis are announcing their respective Field Representatives, Reagen Green, Pam Buline and Sherlyn Kaiser will be available to visit with Thermopolis and Shoshoni residents on the following date, time and location:
Fremont County Office Hours
Area residents are encouraged to visit with the Representatives of the Wyoming delegation, on an individual basis, during this time to discuss matters regarding the federal government. These comments and concerns will then be relayed to the Senators and Congressman. Please contact Senator Barrasso’s office at (307) 856-6642, Senator Mike Enzi at (307) 527-9444, and Congressman Cynthia Lummis’ office at 307-261-6596 with any questions.
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“This $3 billion breach of the budget cap may not seem like much in Washington, where our government is already $18 trillion in debt, but to the Americans suffering under this administration’s excessive regulations it is just another sign that Washington is not serious,” said Rep. Lummis. “Congress needs to do its job, make tough spending choices, and scrutinize all of the policies funded by these tax dollars, especially President Obama’s devastating regulations and executive actions. We need to fulfill our constitutional responsibility over the power of the purse, instead of just kicking the can down the road yet again.”
U.S. Senator Michael B. Enzi, U.S. Senator John Barrasso and Congressman Cynthia M. Lummis are announcing their respective Field Representatives, Jenelle Garber, Kristi Wallin and Jackie King will be available to visit with Converse County residents on the following date, times and locations:Glenrock Office Hours
Area residents are encouraged to visit with the Representatives of the Wyoming delegation on an individual basis during this time about matters involving the federal government. These comments and concerns will then be relayed to the Senators and Congressman.
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H.R. 3504: Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act and H.R. 3134: Defund Planned Parenthood Act. The Born Alive bill strengthens the Born Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002 by imposing criminal penalties for providers who violate it. The bill defunding Planned Parenthood diverts the money from this organization to transparent and qualified centers to promote women’s health. Planned Parenthood is under heavy scrutiny since videos came to light recording conversations with employees discussing selling aborted baby parts.
“Planned Parenthood should not receive one dime from taxpayers,” said Rep. Lummis. “We need a full investigation to determine exactly what Planned Parenthood has done and ensure that taxpayers aren’t forced to pay for abortion. There are healthcare providers far more qualified, trustworthy, and transparent than Planned Parenthood all across this country. There is no reason or need to trust any money to Planned Parenthood.”
“What we know of President Obama’s proposed deal with Iran is egregious and will lead to a nuclear armed Iran,” said Rep. Lummis. “Iran is the leading state sponsor of terror in the world and cannot be trusted so any deal with Iran must be built on verification. The blind trust that President Obama’s deal places in Iran, ceding verification, and even allowing them to self inspect suspected nuclear warhead development sites is outrageous. This deal is an historic mistake and must be rejected.”
President Obama’s proposed deal with Iran would:
U.S. Senator Michael B. Enzi, U.S. Senator John Barrasso and Congressman Cynthia M. Lummis are announcing their respective Field Representatives, Reagen Green, Pam Buline and Sherlyn Kaiser will be available to visit with Park County residents on the following date, times and locations:
Cody Office Hours
Friday, September 11, 2015
Cody City Hall Conference Room
1338 Rumsey Avenue
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Powell Office Hours
Friday, September 11, 2015
Powell City Hall Council Chambers
270 No. Clark Street
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Area residents are encouraged to visit with the representatives of the Wyoming delegation on an individual basis during this time to discuss matters regarding the federal government. These comments and concerns will then be relayed to their U.S. Senators and Congressman.
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Rep. Lummis comments at the listening session, for audio click here:
“Madam Assistant Secretary, Deputy Director Lance, and Deputy Division Chief Elser, thank you for being here. We know you’re holding these sessions because Secretary Jewell wants to have an honest and open conversation about the federal coal program. I want you to know that you’ve definitely come to the right place.
“The mineral leasing act obligates the BLM to maximize the value of federal coal for the taxpayer. On this much, we all agree. And Wyoming BLM has done a terrific job over the years on securing a return for the taxpayer. But you get no value out of coal by keeping it in the ground—and that is exactly what your colleagues at the EPA are doing with its power plant rule. The EPA’s own estimates say American coal production will tumble under its power plant rule by 6% in 2020, by15% in 2025, and by 22% in 2030.
“Now, this is due to a variety of factors but one of them is an EPA rule forcing the closure of power plants that use our most abundant, reliable, and affordable fuel—and that is coal. That’s a 22% cut in federal royalties, in the state share, in severance taxes, in funding for public services and school districts, and in well paying coal jobs supporting hard working families right here, like the people in this room.
“And while we’re having this open dialogue and honest conversation, I really want to know, we want to know, why Secretary Jewell told a group of people at headquarters in Washington, D.C. that she wants to pursue the President’s climate objectives in the federal coal program. The President has shown by his actions that his objective is to keep as much coal as possible in the ground. Now I want to invite secretary Jewell to come to Wyoming and explain to us how that is consistent with her fiduciary responsibility under the Mineral Leasing Act to maximize the return on federal coal.
“I also want to take a minute to dispel any notion that a coal royalty hike has been called for by the recent Government Accountability Office and Inspector General reports on the federal coal program. Both of those watchdogs examined the coal program, found some deficiencies, and made some recommendations. And the BLM is in the process of implementing those recommendations, as they should, but neither the GAO nor the Inspector General report recommend a royalty rate increase, or even that the department should be examining royalty rates.
“Secretary Jewell should stick to what the GAO and IG reports actually say, not stray from the mission under the mineral leasing act by turning the federal coal program into a global warming program.
“If the President wants to raise power costs on the poor and middle class and make our grid less reliable, he doesn’t need royalties and taxes to do it. He has the EPA.
“My message today is this: Secretary Jewell, let the people of Wyoming, the largest exporter of energy in America, keep their jobs, keep educating their children, and keep the lights on across this country.
“Thank you very much.”
"Wyoming’s livestock community faces threats to their livelihood on numerous fronts, and all signs lead back to Washington," said Chairman Lummis. “The people we heard from at the hearing are the people keeping our land healthy, productive, and sustainable for future generations. As a life-long rancher, I can tell you we don’t just work the land, we love the land and we pour our souls into it. We have the most to lose when the Federal government makes unworkable rules that, however well-intentioned, hurt the on-the-ground stewards of the natural resources we all care about. Congress needs to give these hardworking people relief from the federal regulatory barrage."
"Ideally governments should be involved in helping people succeed,” said Chairman Bishop. “From our witnesses today it is very clear that federal rules and regulations are harming people, making it impossible for them to succeed in providing a livelihood for themselves and their families. This is not the proper role of government, and if the Administration's rules are going to harm people, congress has got to step up and try to fix it."
"By law, military uniforms must be made from domestic wool producers,” said Pat O’Toole, Wyoming rancher and President of the Family Farm Alliance. “Where are our men and women of the Armed Forces going to get their uniforms if the Department of Labor puts us out of business?"
“This new requirement of the special procedures will reduce the number of employers that can use the H2A program, but their labor needs will remain the same, and again with no American workers to fill those jobs, they will be forced to sell their flocks” said Shaun Sims, Wyoming rancher, President of the Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts, and the Wyoming Woolgrowers Public Lands Committee Chairman.“I represent the citizens that may not necessarily be the defendants in litigation between radical environmental groups and the federal government, but who absolutely feel the heavy consequences of endless litigation. Adding insult to injury, my clients, friends and family not only have to live with the excessive regulatory burdens, but also have to pay the litigation fees to feed the litigation machine,” said Karen Budd-Falen, Wyoming rancher and attorney at Budd-Falen Law Offices in Cheyenne.
“They are seeking to exercise greater control over the public lands including restricting access, limiting grazing rights and seeking ownership of livestock water rights,” noted Utah Farm Bureau Federation CEO Randy Parker about several recent federal actions. “These detrimental actions are seemingly without regard for the history, culture and economics as required by federal laws including the Federal Land Policy Management Act.”
“It is a story that is hard to tell, partly because it is hard to believe we have so far from when the livestock industry on public lands was relatively stable,” said Elko County (NV) Commissioner Demar Dahl. “Especially in my state of Nevada where 87% of the State belongs to the Federal Government, a stable environment on public lands is essential for a ranch family to survive, let alone prosper.”
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“While American families struggle to make ends meet, the federal bureaucracy continues to expand and bloat,” said Rep. Lummis. “Unelected, unaccountable Washington bureaucrats have been dumping regulations on American families for decades and these have needlessly stifled our economy. Not only that, but many of these rules simply have costs that outweigh their benefits. With this President and Administration continuously playing games and confusing current regulations, they have made long term investment a virtual impossibility. We need accountability, transparency, and certainty and that is what the REINS Act would accomplish.”### Read More
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Cynthia Lummis (pronounced “Luh-miss”) was elected to represent the people of Wyoming in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008. She was raised on her family ranch in Laramie County and graduated from the University of Wyoming with bachelor degrees in Animal Science and Biology. In 1979, Cynthia became the youngest woman ever elected to the Wyoming Legislature. She returned to the University of Wyoming for a law degree, which she received in 1985.
Cynthia then clerked at the Wyoming Supreme Court, practiced law in Cheyenne, and served a total of fourteen years in the Wyoming House and Senate, concentrating on natural resource and taxation issues. She completed her legislative service in 1994 and then chaired Governor-elect Jim Geringer’s transition team. She continued to work in the Governor’s office for two more years, primarily on natural resource issues. Cynthia also served as the interim Director of the Office of State Lands and Investments.
Cynthia was elected Wyoming State Treasurer in 1998. In eight years (two terms) as Wyoming State Treasurer, she converted Wyoming’s primarily fixed income investment portfolio of $3.5 billion to a fully diversified portfolio of equities, real estate and fixed income investments, public and private, domestic and international, totaling $8.5 billion. Her term of office as State Treasurer ended in January 2007.
Cynthia continues to be involved in the daily operations of the Lummis family ranch. She and her husband, Al Wiederspahn, a former Wyoming legislator and Cheyenne attorney, have one daughter, Annaliese.
As the sole House Representative for the state of Wyoming, Cynthia is a staunch advocate for fiscal responsibility, limiting the size and scope of the federal government and developing our nation’s domestic energy capabilities. Cynthia is a member of the House Natural Resources, Oversight and Government Reform and Science, Space and Technology Committees.
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.@GovMattMead: stifling resource development doesn't only hurt Wyoming, it hurts the country because the whole country relies on our energy.
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