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  • 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

  • Interior Delivers for Rural Communities
    Posted in Press Releases on June 29, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Land Management , PILT and SRS

    Today, members of the Western Caucus released the following statements after the Department of the Interior announced the 2020 Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) distributions. These distributions go to over 1,900 local governments around the country to help pay for essential public services. “I welcome today’s announcement by the Department of the Interior. While not a perfect system, PILT is an integral part of supporting local governments in Arizona and across the West. I look forward to working... Read more

  • Western Caucus Members Applaud Today's Action by USDA
    Posted in Press Releases on June 12, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthy Forests

    Today, Members of the Western Caucus released the following statements after USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue signed a memorandum to the Chief of the Forest Service regarding forest management activities, public access, and wildfire prevention: "Today’s announcement is another important step is getting our nations forests and grasslands working again. For too long, the federal government has failed in its responsibility to actively management our nations forests and in return, they have become tinder... Read more

  • Western Caucus Members Send Letters to Administration Seeking Swift Action this Fire Season
    Posted in Press Releases on June 5, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthy Forests

    Today, Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Paul Gosar (AZ-04) along with other Western Caucus members sent two letters to the Administration, one to Attorney General Barr, and the other to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and DOI Secretary David Bernhardt. These letters call on the administration to take swift action to fight catastrophic wildfire, as well as protecting active forest management activities from frivolous lawsuits during this fire season. “This summer’s fire season presents a multitu... Read more

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