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MEDIA ADVISORY-Bishop to Hold 10th Annual Education Conference at Utah State Capitol


WASHINGTON—Tomorrow,  more than 160 high school students from Utah’s First Congressional District will attend the 10th annual Education Conference hosted by Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT) at the Utah State Capitol.  Each year students join together at the state capitol to engage in discussions on topics pertaining to the three branches of federal government, history, and the election process.

“I am grateful to the teachers, staff, volunteers, and speakers who help make this conference possible for students each year. Having spent the better part of three decades as a public school teacher in Utah, I recognize the importance of providing students with opportunities for practical application of their textbook studies. This event is a great venue for students to engage with their peers and expand their understanding of government and history outside of the classroom,” said Bishop.

During the conference, students will participate in group discussions, conduct case study sessions, and discuss and debate current policy issues being addressed by Congress.  Guest speakers this year include Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox as well as Judge Ted Stewart.

Students were selected by their teachers for attendance at this event.  Invitations were sent to all high schools and school districts located in the First Congressional District.

WHAT:         Annual Education Conference hosted by Congressman Rob Bishop

WHERE:      Utah State Capitol Complex
                        350 N. State Street
                        Salt Lake City, UT 84114

DATE:            Tuesday, October 21, 2014

TIME:            9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. MDT


*As always, this event is open to all members of the media*

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IN THE NEWS: (BLOOMBERG) Utah Representative Likely Has Clear Path To Chair House Natural Resources Panel


By Anthony Adragna

 — Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) appears to have a clear path to chair the House Natural Resources Committee to succeed retiring chairman Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) after the only Republican in Bishop's path told Bloomberg BNA Oct. 2 that he wouldn't run.

“[Bishop] is actively working toward that goal and is hopeful that he will be selected as the next chairman,” Melissa Subbotin, an aide to Bishop, told Bloomberg BNA. “Despite there being significant support behind his bid for chairman, he takes nothing for granted.”

Reps. Don Young (R-Alaska) and Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) have greater seniority on the committee than Bishop. But Young can't run due to House Republican term limits and Gohmert—Bishop's only obstacle to the chairmanship—told Bloomberg BNA in an e-mail he wouldn't challenge Bishop for the chairmanship.

For Bishop to lose, he would have to be upset by a less-senior committee member.

“Rob and I have been of a common spirit on most every issue,” Gohmert said of Bishop. “I can think of no one who would do a better job of leading that critical committee at this crucial time than [Bishop]. He would be a great chairman and I fully support his chairmanship—as long as my support does not hurt him.”

Said ‘Dedicated’ to Natural Resources.

Subbotin, Bishop's aide, described the Utah congressman as one of the “most dedicated” members of Congress on natural resources issues and said he has worked hard to educate both Democrats and Republicans about these issues. Bishop currently chairs the House Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee within the broader committee.

Todd Willens, chief of staff to Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) who chairs the Congressional Western Caucus, said his boss fully supports Bishop's candidacy and expected the caucus would as well, but it had not yet meet to discuss it.

First elected to the House in 2003, Bishop represents the first district of Utah. He won re-election with 71.5 percent of the vote in 2012.

According to his website, Bishop strongly supports greater development of domestic energy sources to reduce American reliance on foreign energy sources. He supports regulations that “strike a balance for wise management of our public lands and resources.”

Young Won't Run.

An aide to Young confirmed he wouldn't seek the post because House Republican rules prohibit him from doing so. He chaired the committee from 1995 through 2001.

The chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee will first have to clear the Republican Party Steering Committee, an arm of the House Republican leadership. That selection is then voted on by the full Republican conference.

Young is prohibited from continuing as chairman under Rule 14(e) of the House Republican conference, which prohibits members from serving more than three terms as chairman or a ranking member on a committee.

Young has backed Bishop to become chairman of the committee.

Hastings, who has chaired the committee since 2011, announced in February he planned to retire from Congress at the end of his current term. He hasn't said whom he would prefer to succeed him.

With assistance from Dean Scott in Washington


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President Obama Applies Antiquities Act to the Oceans


WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama today wielded his executive powers to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument by six times its original size. The expanded national monument will now total 490,000 square miles. This area, which is three times larger than the State of Montana, will be off limits to commercial fishing and exploration for deep-sea energy development. Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01), who has raised concerns about the fact that Presidents are not required to seek input or participation from the public during the application of the Antiquities Act , issued the following statement about today’s announcement:

“President Roosevelt never intended for the Antiquities Act to be used as a political weapon to curry favor with special interest groups. If you read the original text of the Antiquities Act it clearly articulates its intended purpose. Over time, it has devolved into a political arrow in the quiver of both Republican and Democrat presidents. If these areas in the Pacific are worthy of inclusion they should have no problem being approved through the open Congressional process, which allows for public input and participation,” said Congressman Rob Bishop.  

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IN THE NEWS: Critics Reject Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial Compromise, Optimistic About Change


By Hannah Hess, Roll Call

Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, wants a simpler design. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call FIle Photo)

After 15 years of planning a memorial to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the design might move forward without architect Frank Gehry’s name attached to it.

In a Wednesday meeting blocks from Capitol Hill, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission will be presented with two plans for the four-acre site in Southwest Washington slated to become a memorial to the 34th president. There is no guarantee any official action will be taken, but the Eisenhower family, members of Congress and other stakeholders indicate the most recent compromise offered by the Gehry team is not the way forward.

That version includes the 80-foot columns that a member of the National Capital Planning Commission two weeks ago described as reminiscent of the “latter scenes of ‘Planet of the Apes,’” and a stainless steel tapestry featuring scenes from Ike’s pastoral Kansan roots. An alternate version removes the tapestry and columns, and Gehry has indicated that would not be associated with his name.

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., proposed the second option to the Eisenhower Memorial Commission as a way to steer the long-stalled project out of neutral, after sensing discord from the federal planners that must give their stamp of approval, as well as the Eisenhower family.

After a lukewarm response from the NCPC, mounting criticism over operational costs and stalled funding from Congress, Issa thinks presenting a second option is the best way to move the project forward. He told CQ Roll Call he wrote the “somewhat unprecedented” letter to the EMC knowing that Gehry believes Eisenhower deserves this memorial and “that he’s not going to stand in the way, regardless of others.”

Issa said the modified design presented Sept. 4 meets the technical requirements well enough that it should be approved, but it seems he just wants to see something built. The commission has “an obligation to approve something and not go back to square one, after the millions of dollars invested,” he said.

The Eisenhower family, one of the most vocal opponents of Gehry’s design, supports Issa’s alternative or the complete redesign of the project that the congressman is hoping to avoid.

“They are also consistent with the wishes of our late father, John S.D. Eisenhower,” wrote the former president’s granddaughters, Anne and Susan Eisenhower, in a Sept. 15 letter to the members of the EMC.

Members of the commission, such as Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., have remained optimistic that the Eisenhower family and other parties could work through their concerns with the project.

About a year ago, President Barack Obama added more discord to the EMC, when he appointed former National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman Bruce Cole to the mix. Cole testified to Congress in March 2012 that Gehry’s design “not only fails, but fails utterly,” and published scathing commentaries on the project.

On Tuesday, Cole told CQ Roll Call that Issa’s proposal is a “promising development.”

Fellow design skeptic Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, chairman on the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation, which published a scathing critique of the EMC, also sounded optimistic about the changes. Bishop has tried to restart the design competition for the memorial but told CQ Roll Call that Issa’s proposal offers “almost everything we want in the first place.”

Bishop planned to meet with the Eisenhower sisters to talk about the design in advance of the EMC meeting. He also hinted that the commission could decide to “wait, let things play out, look at some other ideas, which would be a wise thing to do.”

The current continuing resolution includes a provision extending the EMC’s authority to build a memorial on that site. Bishop cautioned that the House “is not willing to just keep giving them blank checks for funding.”

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In Recognition of Constitution Day


WASHINGTON— Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) released the following statement in recognition of the 227th Constitution Day.

“Failure to understand the distinct and defined roles within our constitutional form of government has significant implications.  The federal government’s siphoning of power away from American citizens and the states is a prime example.   The 10th Amendment and our Founding Fathers’ concept of federalism clearly define that the majority of the power resides with the people and the states. However, activist courts and power-hungry bureaucrats have sought to undermine this tenet of the Constitution. Over the last fifty years, the federal government has successfully managed to gain influence over nearly every aspect of our daily lives. The solution to many of the problems that our nation currently faces, and the most effective way to ensure personal liberty, is to restore the balance of power as our Founding Fathers intended. Ensuring that the concept of federalism is applied to all decisions made by all three branches of the federal government is perhaps even the salvation of this country.”

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IN THE NEWS: U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop Honored as Guardian of Small Business by NFIB


For Immediate Release

Contact:  Eric Reller 202-314-2073 or                                                                                           

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 17, 2014 – The National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s leading small business association, today named U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-1) a Guardian of Small Business for his outstanding voting record on behalf of America’s small-business owners in the 113th Congress.

NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner praised Rep. Bishop for “standing up for small business.” In presenting the group’s coveted Guardian of Small Business Award, Danner said, “Small-business owners are very politically active – paying close attention to how their lawmakers vote on key business issues and stand by those who stand for them.”

“The record shows that Rep. Bishop is a true champion of small business, supporting the votes that matter in the 113th Congress,” said Danner. “This award reflects our members’ appreciation for supporting the NFIB pro-growth agenda for small business.”

NFIB’s “How Congress Voted,” which serves as a report card for members of Congress, was also unveiled this week. The report presents key small-business votes and voting percentages for each lawmaker. Those voting favorably on key small-business issues at least 70 percent of the time during the 113th Congress are eligible for the Guardian award.

In all, NFIB will present Guardian awards to 232 Representatives who stood up for small business.

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Bishop Selected Among HASC Members to Help Negotiate Final NDAA


WASHINGTON— Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) was selected by House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon (CA-25) as one of the key members tasked with helping to negotiate the annual National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015.

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is reviewed and voted on annually by the U.S. House of Representatives to provide funding for the U.S. Department of Defense’s budget. The bill provides funding for vital national defense capabilities, including our troops, essential infrastructure, weapons systems, the operations of the Pentagon, and cost of living pay increases for the military. Congressman Bishop and the HASC Members selected by the Chairman to negotiate the final NDAA with the U.S. Senate will work to ensure that this vital legislation is enacted so that our national defense capabilities may continue.

“The instability and unrest occurring today around the globe emphasize our need to have robust national defense systems in place throughout every branch of our military and our intelligence agencies. The U.S. Department of Defense has suffered draconian cuts over the past five years that have jeopardized the safety of our troops and the readiness of our forces. Ensuring that we address the needs of our troops and the Pentagon in the NDAA is a priority and I look forward to joining with fellow HASC Members to ensure that we get this bill passed in the Senate and signed into law,” said Congressman Bishop.

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House Passes Bill to Curb Federal Regulatory Overreach on Waters in States and Communities


WASHINGTON— Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) today joined in support of the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act [H.R. 5078], which would prohibit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers from expanding their regulatory authority to nearly every body of water in America, including ponds on farms, ditches, and watersheds.

For more than forty years, the regulation of water quality throughout the United States has been achieved through collaboration between states and the federal government. This partnership was established under the 1972 Clean Water Act (CWA) and limited the extent of the federal government’s oversight authority to “navigable waterways.” The defined responsibility of states and federal agencies resulted from the fact that not all waters need federal oversight and subsequently, that states should have the primary responsibility for the waters within their boundaries.

“The EPA is aggressively working to expand its regulatory and rulemaking authority. Decisions about water quality, use, and management are best made in coordination with officials at the local and state levels, and should not be decided solely by federal bureaucrats. The notion that water quality in our states would somehow be in jeopardy without the overreach of the EPA is bogus and unsubstantiated.  States, many of which are leaders on  research regarding water quality, are equally capable of ensuring that waters upstream and downstream have proper oversight,” said Rob Bishop.

The Supreme Court has twice reaffirmed the defined roles of states and federal agencies. The current presidential administration, however, has sought to “clarify the scope” of the federal government’s oversight jurisdiction under the CWA, which would ultimately expand its regulatory and rulemaking authority. The Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act would limit federal agencies from having the ability to unilaterally expand their power over waters in the United States.

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IN THE NEWS: In our opinion--Utah Public Lands Initiative a long shot worth pursuing — still


Deseret News editorial

Officially, it’s called the Utah Public Lands Initiative, but it’s more commonly referred to as “Bishop’s public lands initiative,” in deference to championing Rep. Rob Bishop. The Utah congressman also is chairman of the House Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation.

Now in its second year, the initiative continues to carry an oft-heard tag.

“Long shot.”

Built on the belief that conservation and economic development can co-exist in a locally driven effort, the public lands initiative proposes solutions for some 18 million acres in eastern and southeastern Utah, with possible wilderness designations reaching 2 million acres and creating well-defined areas for recreation, oil and gas development, mining interests, potash extraction and more.

It’s also built on the ideals of compromise and creativity — that trade-offs trump face-offs and that bargaining while giving up a little in a win-win situation for all sides is better than digging in with a defiant all-or-nothing attitude.

In theory, the initiative could and should work. In reality, it’s an uphill battle. A long shot.

Consider the expanse of the 18 million acres and the seemingly equally numerable stakeholders invested in the land. You’ve got county commissioners and cattlemen, politicians and petroleum corporations, fishermen and four-wheelers, landowners and lawmakers, Native American tribes and wilderness foundations, and developers and drillers. All are interested and all are invested in their own interests.

The challenge is getting the stakeholders all invested in the public lands initiative — and it’s no surprise the stakeholders often use that “long shot” label themselves.

There’s varying investment in the public lands initiative on the various local fronts. Emery County has had its give-and-take proposals finalized for quite some time now. Meanwhile, some counties — including those with less land involved in the initiative — are talking about stepping away from the negotiation table. It seems like for every step forward, there’s either a hesitancy to step ahead or the likelihood of stepping back.

Understandably, stakeholders who are communicating, considering and offering proposals of compromise are simultaneously continuing on with “business as usual” — individual efforts to further their objectives and protect their turfs. Because if the initiative doesn’t come through, they don’t want to be left alone or left behind. An example: while the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance has been negotiating in good faith with other stakeholders in initiative talks, they’re still pursuing support for the proposed America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act, a bill proposal to protect BLM-administered wilderness areas laden with red-rock features throughout the West.

Initiative versus act — negotiating with initiative stakeholders versus pushing for singular wilderness designation? Those aren’t conflicting efforts as much as they are being ready for either scenario — committed to the initiative if it goes through, but also being ready to move in a specified direction if it doesn’t.

Looming on the horizon is a proposed Greater Canyonlands National Monument, which would not only gobble up a tenth of the initiative’s 18 million acres but squelch many of the stakeholders' interests. In other words, the more expansive possibility of “likely land uses” suddenly becomes the much-narrower reality of “protected land use.”

The monument proposal flared up again last month when 14 U.S. senators — none from the state of Utah — wrote President Obama, encouraging him to use the Antiquities Act to establish the monument, similar to what President Clinton did in 1996 with the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Most stakeholders don’t use the monument proposal as a threat when negotiating with each other nor as a ticking time bomb to prompt their own actions. But it’s like a nagging reminder of what could happen if all parties don’t come together to help the initiative become a reality.

As summer gives way to fall and with Bishop hopeful to introduce the initiative to Congress early next year, now’s a good time to have stakeholders check their progress. Are they committed to breaking new ground or retreating to the status quo? Are they willingly testing these new alliances in the initiative or turning back to protecting their own turf?

While the “locally driven” initiative relies heavily on the involvement of individual counties, might a cooperative gathering of county leaders to discuss efforts and successes help the individual efforts? Might the state offer assistance in a “big brother” role of counsel and encouragement for the counties?

And do negotiations (or the lack thereof) in similar current land-use/wilderness conflicts — such the RS 2477 road access lawsuits involving stakeholders such as the state of Utah, most of the state’s counties, SUWA and numerous landowners — serve as a foreshadow of what might and might not happen as the public lands initiative heads from the back stretch, around the final turn and toward the finish line?

That last phrase sounds like a horse-racing analogy — and rightfully so. Everyone’s excited when a long-shot racing horse overcomes big odds and wins. And with this long shot, the stakeholders and the public can be excited with win-win results.

Copyright 2014, Deseret News Publishing Company

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Bishop Announces August Town Hall Meetings


OGDEN, UT-- Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) today announced that he will host town hall meetings in Davis, Uintah, Duchesne, Weber, Box Elder, and Cache Counties. The meetings will provide constituents with an opportunity to hear about current events and the latest policy initiatives in Congress and how they impact the State of Utah. Constituents will also have an opportunity to ask questions and share concerns or comments.

“I look forward to the town halls held in August each year. They provide an opportunity for communities in the First District to hear about the latest events back in Washington, but more importantly, they give me an opportunity to learn more about the thoughts and concerns from constituents. I take the feedback shared during town hall meetings back to Washington with me and it plays an important role in how I approach policy discussions and debates,” said Bishop.

Congressman Bishop hosts town hall meetings throughout the year as well as every August during the Congressional summer work period. Below is a schedule of the upcoming meetings:

Davis County
WHAT: Davis County Town Hall Meeting
WHERE: Layton City Council Chambers
437 N. Wasatch Drive
Layton, Utah
DATE:  Wednesday, August 13, 2014
TIME: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Uintah County
WHAT: Uintah County Town Hall Meeting
WHERE: USU Vernal Campus
320 N. Aggie Blvd.
Vernal, Utah
DATE: Thursday, August 14, 2014
TIME: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Duchesne County
WHAT: Duchesne County Town Hall Meeting with Governor Gary R. Herbert
WHERE: Crossroads Senior Center
50 East 200 South
Roosevelt, Utah
DATE: Thursday, August 14, 2014
TIME: 7:30p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Weber County
WHAT: Weber County Town Hall Meeting
WHERE: Shepherd Union Building, Ballroom B
Weber State University
DATE: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
TIME: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Box Elder County
WHAT: Box Elder County Town Hall Meeting with Governor Gary R. Herbert
WHERE: USU Extension, Milton-Miller Building Commons
195 W. 1100 S.
Brigham City, Utah
DATE:  Tuesday, August 19, 2014
TIME: 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Cache County
WHAT: Cache County Town Hall Meeting
WHERE: Historic County Courthouse
199 N. Main Street
Logan, Utah
DATE: Thursday August 21, 2014
TIME: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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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.

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