• Agriculture



  • Defending Multiple Use of Public Lands

    It is every citizen's duty to manage our public lands responsibly to ensure water quality, wildlife habitat, and the multiple-use of our public land base. We need our public lands to be used in a way that appeals to all of our citizens, not just a si...

  • Developing Responsible Forest Management Practices

    Between 65 and 82 million acres of our National Forest System are in need of treatment to address forest health challenges such as fire, insect mortality, and invasive species. Most of this land is located within Western states. While these wildfires...

  • Economy and Jobs



  • Federal Land Management and Benefits for Education

    The federal government is the largest landowner in the United States, controlling almost1/3 of the entire land mass of the United States—an area more than six times the size of California. Over 90 percent of federal land is located in western states....

  • Mineral Withdrawals



  • Modernizing the Endangered Species Act (ESA)

    The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was enacted 40 years ago with the best of intentions. Its original goal: save species in danger of becoming extinct and help them recover to healthy population levels. All Americans overwhelmingly support these goals....

  • Oppose Expansion of Clean Water Act

    There has long been a dispute brewing between the courts, federal regulators, environmental groups and industry regarding exactly what bodies of water fall under the purview of the Clean Water Act (CWA). The problem: the CWA gives the federal governm...

  • Preventing "Stroke of the Pen" Monument Designations

    In recent years, a disturbing trend has emerged in land designations: the usual route through Congress has been circumvented as the Executive Branch has been allowed to designate national monuments without the consent of elected legislators or consul...

  • Promoting Local Control and States Rights

    A fundamental principle of our Constitution is the belief that local governments are better suited to deal with local issues than a distant, out-of-touch federal government. State and local governments are closer to the people, more responsive to cit...

  • Protecting Property Rights

    Private ownership of property is a fundamental right in America. Along with that ownership comes a certain expectation that landowners will be able to legally use their land as they see fit, so long as others are not harmed. Over the years, that expe...

  • Roadmap to American Energy Security

    The Western Caucus believes America needs to increase its energy security through environmentally responsible production from our huge untapped energy resources. We do our nation and the world a disservice when we continue to rely on foreign sources ...

  • Sage Grouse



  • Supporting Full Funding of Payment-in-Lieu-of-Taxes and Secure Rural School Programs

    For Westerners, the federal government’s ownership of vast quantities of land does more than restrict economic development opportunities. It also robs local communities of property tax revenues and the taxes associated with private business developme...

  • Wilderness Designations

    The 1964 Wilderness Act created the National Wilderness Preservation System. Wilderness designation provides the most restrictive land management level for federal lands. Like any federal land designation, wilderness requires tradeoffs between compet...

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