On Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 10:30 AM EDT in House Visitor Center (HVC) Room 210, the newly formed Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs will hold its inaugural hearing. In May, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced the creation of the Task Force, a bipartisan group of lawmakers focused on balancing the interests between federal and local governments. Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) has been appointed Chairman of the Task Force.
Ahead of the hearing, Speaker Ryan issued the following statement: “Federalism is a foundational principle of our Constitution, and Washington has so much to learn about how state and local leaders are driving innovation and responsive government. There’s no question we can all work as better partners, and I want to thank Chairman Bishop and the bipartisan group of lawmakers who have stepped forward to join this effort. More partnership, more subsidiarity and a willingness to listen and learn will go a long way. I look forward to participating in the process and seeing what the Task Force can produce.”
Task Force Chairman Rob Bishop said: “I’m looking forward to kicking off this important Task Force and hearing from some of our advisory council partners. Their ideas for rebalancing power in government is much needed. The vast experience these groups bring to the table will help us identify creative solutions to both procedural and policy problems facing our nation.”
Speaker’s Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs inaugural hearing. Local Perspectives: Examining the Current State of Intergovernmental Relations.
Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 10:30 AM EDT
House Visitors Center (HVC) Room 210
Witnesses will include:
National Governors Association CEO & Executive Director Scott Pattison
National Association of Counties President & Leon County, FL Commissioner Bryan Desloge
The Council of State Governments - Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced the appointment of Greg Sheehan to the position of Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Prior to the appointment, Sheehan worked as Director of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Rob Bishop (UT-01) issued the following statement regarding the appointment:
“It is exciting to see another Utah voice added to this Administration. While serving on our Natural Resources committee, Secretary Zinke was able to witness first-hand Utah values applied to the needs of public lands. The Secretary now has another Utah ally to address the fish and wildlife issues in America, and while the scenery is much better in Utah, Greg’s outlook will be a welcome addition to Washington.”Read More
Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) has introduced H.R.2620, the Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act. The Act will eliminate ambiguity in current code that could lead to the restriction of certain types of firearms and ammunition that are used for self-defense. This legislation will curtail the ability to interfere with the rights to obtain and use firearms for lawful purposes. Bishop offered the following statement:
“The Founding Fathers were clear when they drafted the Bill of Rights. The 2nd Amendment is about security and self-defense. Vagaries in today’s legal code pose a real threat to the right to keep and bear arms. The Obama Administration exploited this ambiguity to forward its agenda of restriction. It’s time to ensure no future Administration tramples on these freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution.”
Chris W. Cox, Executive Director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action said:
"On behalf of the NRA’s 5-million members, I would like to thank Chairman Rob Bishop for introducing this critical legislation. It sends a clear message that Congress will no longer allow federal bureaucrats to infringe on our Second Amendment right to self-protection.”
The Lawful Purpose and Self-Defense Act would:
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced the creation of the Speaker's Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs. The Task Force is a bipartisan group of lawmakers focused on studying the proper balance of power between federal, state, tribal and local governments. Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) was appointed as Chairman of the Task Force and issued the following statement:
"Speaker Ryan has done something unique. He is looking outside of Washington for answers. I thank the Speaker for the opportunity to chair this Task Force.
"The solutions to our nation's problems are found in the creativity of state, local, and tribal governments, all of whom are closer to the people than Washington bureaucrats. Working with these leaders will produce bipartisan solutions and greater coordination to improve the lives of the American people.”
1. Partner with states, tribes, and local governments to restore the proper balance of power among governments
2. Provide a forum for states, cities, and counties to showcase their innovation and creativity in solving public policy problems
3. Examine the effects of federal rules and regulations on state and local partners
4. Develop proposals to partner with and empower states, tribes, local governments, private institutions, families and individuals
5. Examine the extent to which the burdens shared among states, tribes and local governments may be re-allocated to improve the quality of life in all communitiesRead More
On April 26, 2017 President Trump signed an Executive Order on the Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act. This week Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke visited Utah to tour the Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Following a tour of the Bears Ears region with the Secretary, Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) offered the following statement:
“I thank Secretary Zinke for coming to Utah to finally listen to the local voices. The prior Administration may have visited Bears Ears but, contrary to recent comments, had no part in the establishing of the Monument. The former Department admitted they were not part of the process, and that the White House acted alone and without local input. This President has done it the right way by ordering the Interior Department to review the process and listen to the local voices.
“The Bears Ears Monument is only a symptom of something much greater. The real problem lies in the 111-year-old Antiquities Act. The Act must be modernized.
“I am happy to have had Secretary Zinke tour these lands and more importantly, to have heard from the local people. I look forward to his recommendation to the President regarding Utah’s Monuments, and all the Monuments he will review nationwide. I am confident the Secretary understands there must be legislative reform to the underlying problem, the Antiquities Act.”Read More
The U.S. House of representatives has voted to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) released the following statement after voting in favor of the measure:
“The problem with Obamacare is that it has raised premiums significantly, and it has caused people to have their workhours slashed and even lose their jobs. Americans have been either forced into a government program or penalized with a fine. Those who became newly insured were pushed into a plan that was doomed to fail. The passage of today's healthcare reform bill is the first step to allow people to have choices that meet their needs, not forced into what the government demands. I understand the pains of Obamacare first hand. As a member of Congress, I too was forced to comply with this mandate. This bill is a significant step forward for all those who seek quality, affordable, and accessible health care.”
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Rep. Rob Bishop UT-01 is leading an effort to clarify the impact of a recent Presidential Memorandum which places a “freeze on the hiring of Federal civilian employees.” Civilian depot workers, like the thousands employed at Utah’s Ogden Air Logistics Complex, are protected by law* from such freezes. Rep. Bishop, and a bipartisan congressional coalition, have sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis seeking acknowledgment of these legal protections.
Rep. Bishop stated, “All federal employees deserve to be treated with clarity and fairness. As the Trump Administration moves forward finding ways to ease the burden on the taxpayer, I will continue in my efforts to ensure Utah’s workers enjoy the protections the law provides. President Trump has been clear in his desire to make our military stronger, and Utah is uniquely situated to support that mission. The civilian workers play a critical role in defending our nation.”
Excerpt from letter: “We respectfully urge you to take quick action to clarify that the current hiring freeze shall not apply to the hiring of defense civilians associated with the military industrial depots … We appreciate the difficult challenges that await you as you begin your tenure as the Secretary of Defense, and wish to express our willingness to work with you in addressing those challenges as we move forward together to support the defense of our nation.”Read More
Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) introduced H. J. Res. 100, a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution that would provide states with the authority to repeal any federal rule or regulation if two-thirds of the states are in agreement. Upon introduction of this legislation, Rep. Bishop offered the following statement:
“The founding fathers crafted the Constitution to include the concept of checks and balances. Those checks and balances are not simply to provide horizontal protections, but also to ensure there are vertical safeguards between state and federal governments. This amendment halts the erosion of federalism that has chipped away at states’ powers for the past five decades. This is a tool for states to use when the executive branch of the federal government goes too far.”Read More
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A public school teacher turned public servant, Rob Bishop represents Utah’s First Congressional District in the U.S. Congress.
Rob Bishop is a life-long resident of the First District, with the exception of two years he spent in Germany while serving a mission for the LDS Church. He was born and raised in Kaysville, Utah, where he graduated from Davis High School with High Honors. He later graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah with a degree in Political Science. He has been a resident of Brigham City since 1974.
Rob is married to Jeralynn Hansen, a former Miss Brigham City. They have five children: Shule, Jarom, Zenock, Maren, and Jashon. They have six grandchildren- three boys and three girls.
Before coming to Congress, Rob was active in community theater, which is how he met his wife many years ago. As an avid baseball fan, Rob is a season ticket holder to the Salt Lake Bees and has coached in multiple leagues.
Rob is a devoted public servant. He has served his community in the State Legislature. During his sixteen years representing the Brigham City area, Rob distinguished himself as a leader. His last two years he was unanimously elected to serve as Speaker of the House. He also co-founded the Western States Coalition, a multi-state organization dedicated to protecting states’ rights and promoting Western interests and values.
Rob has served his political party for more than thirty years. Rob has worked at nearly every level of the Republican party, from precinct chair to member of the Republican National Committee, and has spent years working in every corner of this District. He has gone from Vice-Chair of the Davis County Teenage Republicans in 1968 to the advisor of the Utah Teenage Republicans in 1996. In 1997, he was elected Chairman of the Utah Republican Party. He served for two terms.
Rob has dedicated his life to teaching. He started teaching at Box Elder High School (BEHS) in Brigham City in 1974. From 1980 through 1985 he taught German and coached debate at Ben Lomond High School in Ogden, Utah, before returning to BEHS. Before retiring in December of 2002, he taught advanced placement courses in government and U.S. History, while serving as the Chair of the History Department at BEHS.
On January 7, 2003, Rob Bishop was sworn in as the new Congressman from Utah’s First Congressional District, replacing the retiring Representative Jim Hansen. For his first term, he was appointed to serve on his top three choices for House Committees – the Armed Services Committee, the Resources Committee, and the Science Committee – all three of which handle critical issues for Utah’s First District. In January 2005, Rob was sworn into a second term. He was subsequently appointed by the Speaker to serve on the powerful House Rules Committee, the legislative “gatekeeper” for all bills coming to the House floor. During the 111th Congress, Rob was instrumental in founding the10th Amendment Task Force- a coalition of House Members committed to working toward disbursing power in Washington back to the people and states.
Rob is now in his sixth term in the House. During the 113th Congress, Rob will serve on the House Armed Services Committee and the powerful House Rules Committee. Rob will also continue serving on the Committee on Natural Resources where he is Chairman of the Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee.