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  • EPA Announces Final Rule on Regulatory Guidance Transparency
    Posted in Press Releases on September 14, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs

    Today, members of the Western Caucus released the following statements after the Environmental Protection Agency announced their final rule on regulatory guidance transparency. “Today’s announcement by EPA is another example of this Administration putting transparency at the forefront of their decision making. The American people deserve to know the exact science that goes behind regulatory decisions and this new rule will make that possible. I thank Administrator Wheeler for his hard work and h... Read more

  • EPA Announces the Creation of the Office of Mountains, Deserts, and Plains
    Posted in Press Releases on September 2, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Multiple-Use, Federal Land Management , American Energy Security

    Today, members of the Western Caucus released the following statements after EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the creation of the Office of Mountains, Deserts, and Plains to be located in Lakewood, Colorado. “Today is an important day for the future of the West as EPA is finally recognizing the important regional and geographical challenges we face. For too long, the EPA has ignored the priorities of Western States, the creation of the Office of Mountains, Deserts, and Plains within th... Read more

  • Bernhardt Signs Record of Decision to Begin Leasing Program in ANWR
    Posted in Press Releases on August 17, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Multiple-Use, Federal Land Management , American Energy Security, Economy and Jobs

    Today, members of the Western Caucus released the following statements after Interior Secretary David Bernhardt signed a Record of Decision approving the Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska. “Today’s announcement by Secretary Bernhardt is another step towards American energy independence. Oil and gas development in ANWR will not only help fuel our country, but also provide thousands of good-paying jobs for hard working Americans. The ... Read more

  • What They Are Saying: Margaret Everson Named Acting Director of National Park Service
    Posted in Press Releases on August 10, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Land Management

    Today, members of the Western Caucus released the following statements after Margaret Everson was named Acting Director of the National Park Service. “I congratulate Margaret Everson on becoming the new head of the National Park Service. National Parks have been one of the engines driving our nations return to normalcy and are essential to the economies of Western states. I look forward to working with her to ensure that our national parks continue to thrive and show our country's natural beauty... Read more

  • USFWS and NMFS Provide ESA Regulatory Certainty
    Posted in Press Releases on July 31, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Endangered Species Act and Wildlife

    Today, members of the Western Caucus released the following statements after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service announced their definition of "habitat" to be used for critical habitat designations under the Endangered Species Act. “If there is something that I hear most from stakeholder groups about federal government regulations, it is that they lack consistency. Today’s announcement by the Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service is ... Read more

  • Western Caucus Members Voice Their Support for WRDA
    Posted in Press Releases on July 29, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water

    Today, members of the Western Caucus released the following statements after the House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). “Today proves that Congress is still capable of going through a thorough and bi-partisan committee process to create a good piece of legislation. Water infrastructure is incredibly important for our economy, national security, and public health. The Water Resources Development Act makes important investments in our nation’s ports, inland wat... Read more

  • Critical Minerals Legislation Included in Senate COVID-19 Recovery Package
    Posted in Press Releases on July 28, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Land Management , American Energy Security, Economy and Jobs

    Today, members of the Western Caucus released the following statements after it was announced that the American Mineral Security Act would be included in the Senate COVID-19 relief package. “Including the Murkowski/Manchin language addressing our critical mineral shortage in the next COVID response package will be a win for the American people and our national security. We currently rely on China for 20 critical minerals that are essential for our daily lives, that is no longer sustainable. Chin... Read more

  • What They Are Saying: Army Corps Publishes Pebble Mine EIS
    Posted in Press Releases on July 24, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Land Management , American Energy Security, Economy and Jobs

    Today, members of the Western Caucus released the following statements after the Army Corps of Engineers published the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Pebble Mine project in Alaska. “Today's announcement by the Army Corps is a welcome one and is about fairness. The Pebble Mine should be given the same opportunity to go through the federal environmental review process as any other mining project. Regardless of whether this project meets the needed environmental qualification... Read more

  • President Trump Delivers on his Promise to Get America Building Again
    Posted in Press Releases on July 15, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: American Energy Security, Economy and Jobs

    Today, members of the Western Caucus released the following statements after President Trump announced the final rule to modernize the National Environment Policy Act (NEPA). “Today’s announcement by the President that we are updating NEPA is welcome news for everyone in America who likes to see America build things and grow. For too long, NEPA has grown stale, wrapped in judicial decisions, lengthy paperwork requirements and more. What was originally just a checklist for project take off has be... Read more

  • Forest Service Takes Important Step to Mitigate Wildfire Risk
    Posted in Press Releases on July 10, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthy Forests, Federal Land Management

    Today, members of the Western Caucus released the following statements after the U.S. Forest Service issued its final rule to manage vegetation inside utility corridors. “This year, fire season is already having a catastrophic effect across the West. As we see fire season after fire season, one of the many ways catastrophic wildfires can start is ignition from nearby utility infrastructure, such as power lines. Today’s announcement will bring much needed authority to local governments and utilit... Read more

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