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  • 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

  • Western Caucus Members Applaud EPA Proposal to Bring Transparency to Clean Air Act Rulemaking Process
    Posted in Press Releases on June 4, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Property Rights, Economy and Jobs

    Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposal for public comment concerning processes EPA should undertake when promulgating regulations under the Clean Air Act (CAA) to ensure that information regarding the benefits and costs of regulatory decisions are developed and provided in a consistent and transparent manner. “I applaud this important step taken by the EPA to bring greater accountability and transparency to the federal rulemaking process. My constituents deserve to kn... Read more

  • Western Caucus Members Applaud New EPA CWA 401 Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on June 1, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water , American Energy Security, Economy and Jobs

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule to increase the efficiency and transparency of the Clean Water Act Section 401 certification process. This new rulemaking will ensure that new infrastructure projects will receive a timely review process and ensure that Clean Water Act standards are still being met. “Today’s final rule from EPA is a win for American consumers, workers and our environment. Domestic interstate commerce ties our states together ... Read more

  • Western Caucus Members Spearhead Legislation to Protect U.S. Mineral Supply Chains
    Posted in Press Releases on May 28, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Land Management , American Energy Security, Economy and Jobs

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Western Caucus Chairman Paul Gosar (AZ-04) and Rep. Michael Waltz (FL-06) introduced the American Critical Mineral Exploration and Innovation Act of 2020. They were joined by Western Caucus Chair Emeritus and House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Republican Rob Bishop (UT-01), House Committee on Space, Science, and Technology Ranking Republican Frank Lucas (OK-03), and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23). “I am proud to sponsor the American Critical Mi... Read more

  • New Analysis Confirms Need for Critical Minerals
    Posted in Press Releases on May 7, 2020 | Preview rr

    Today, Members of the Western Caucus released the following statements after the International Energy Agency published a new analysis confirming the need for critical minerals: "Now more than ever it is clear we cannot rely on countries like Russia and China for our supply of critical minerals. China has already threatened to withhold lifesaving materials, medication, and minerals from the United States, we shouldn't wait for that to become a reality. America is home to incredible natural resour... Read more

  • Trump Administration Proactively Curbs Wildfire Risks
    Posted in Press Releases on April 2, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthy Forests

    Today, Members of the Western Caucus released the following statements after Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt signed a final decision to construct and maintain a system of up to 11,000 miles of strategically placed fuel breaks to control wildfires within a 223 million- acre area in portions of California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington: "One of the easiest ways to prevent catastrophic wildfires is by properly managing the fuel loads across our Country. Today's announcement i... Read more

  • CONFIRMED: Katharine MacGregor, to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior
    Posted in Press Releases on February 25, 2020 | Preview rr

    Today, Members of the Western Caucus released the following statements applauding the confirmation of Katharine MacGregor, of Pennsylvania, to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior: "Senate confirmation of Kate MacGregor as the second woman to serve as Deputy Secretary of Interior is long overdue, but today the Department now has confirmed one of the hardest working people in Washington. I believe her ethic and hard work will leave the American people shocked by how much energy and electricity she... Read more

  • Western Caucus Announces New Leadership Team
    Posted in Press Releases on January 31, 2020 | Preview rr

    Today, Tim Charters, Executive Director of the Congressional Western Caucus released the following statement after announcing the new leadership team for 2020: “2020 is a critical year for our nation’s working families and rural lands. This new leadership team, including three new executive members,and our broad bipartisan national membership positions the Western Caucus to continue as a strong voice for the values and opportunities provided by our nation’s abundance of natural resources. Alread... Read more

  • President Trump Keeps Promise to Redefine WOTUS
    Posted in Press Releases on January 23, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water , Property Rights

    Today, Members of the Senate and Congressional Western Caucus released the following statements after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the improved definition for "waters of the United States" with the Navigable Waters Protection Rule: Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Paul Gosar (AZ-04): "Under the previous administration, the WOTUS Rule was one of the most egregious examples of federal overreach I’ve seen in my lifetime. The rule gave unprece... Read more

  • Modernizing the Endangered Species Act for the 21st Century
    Posted in Press Releases on January 15, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Endangered Species Act and Wildlife

    Today, Members of the Western Caucus released the following statements after the introduction of a 17-bill legislative package to modernize the Endangered Species Act to better protect species, and to treat property owners, states and local stakeholders as partners rather than obstacles: "The Endangered Species was enacted with the best intentions, but it has failed to live up to its noble vision. Instead of recovering species, the status quo of the ESA leaves threatened and endangered species o... Read more

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