Advocating for Rural America Means Advocating for a Secure Border

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This piece was originally published in the Herald Review. As the crisis on our southern border rages on with no end in sight, communities in Southern Arizona and across border states are struggling with the consequences. This week, members of the Congressional Western Caucus, a group of U.S. representatives dedicated to advocating for rural and western communities, are visiting the…

Failed Biden Proposal Would Have Allowed Our Enemies To Control Our Land Use

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This piece was originally published in The Hill. Who thinks it would be a good idea to give China, Russia or Iran the authority to block energy, food and mineral production on United States land? No one in their right mind, that’s for sure, but naturally the Biden administration tried. Fortunately, they failed, but this is a cautionary tale of why we must constantly remain…

Fighting Biden Administration Overreach: the Most Effective Voices for Rural America in Congress

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This piece was originally published in the Washington Times. Thirty years after its inception, the Congressional Western Caucus is working harder than ever for rural America. In the past three decades, we have grown from our humble beginnings to a bicameral caucus of more than 100 members of the House and 20 senators. Our mission of serving the interests of farmers, ranchers,…

Investing in the Soo Locks is Critical to Preserving America's Economic and National Security

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This piece was originally published in the Washington Examiner. Investing in and modernizing the Soo Locks is a matter of great economic and national security for our country. Located on the St. Marys River in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, the Soo Locks have been recognized as vitally important since World War II, since they connect Lake Superior to the other four…

Our Public Lands Shouldn't Serve As Encampments For Illegal Migrants

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This piece was originally published in The Daily Caller. The Biden administration’s border crisis has raged out of control for almost three years now, and Americans in communities far from the border are paying the price. In the latest extreme example, the administration recently decided to allow temporary migrant housing at Floyd Bennett Field, part of the Gateway National…

Biden's Latest Attack On Rural America Is A Grizzly One

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This piece was originally published in Fox News. Time and again, President Biden and his administration have ignored the will of rural America to impose their misguided environmental agenda on our communities. The latest egregious example is their planned introduction of grizzly bears to the North Cascades ecosystem against the wishes of central…

The Federal Government Is Getting In Its Own Way, Preventing Good Forestry Practices

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The piece was originally published in The Sacramento Bee. In 2021, the Caldor Fire swept through Northern California and devastated parts of El Dorado, Alpine and Amador counties. The fire, which decimated the town of Grizzly Flats, blazed for over two months and destroyed over 200,000 acres of land in the region. Many residents in the town of Grizzly Flats are still trying to rebuild…

Natural Gas Is A Clean, Affordable And Reliable Energy Source For Americans

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The piece was originally published in The Hill. This week, we’re celebrating National Clean Energy Week, a time when we highlight different forms of clean energy that play a crucial role in in helping achieve our nation’s energy and environmental goals. The United States is a world leader in clean energy technology, jobs and in reducing carbon emissions. Natural gas is key to making…

Strengthening Food Security And American Agriculture: The Need To Elevate Phosphate And Potash To The Critical Minerals List

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The piece was originally published in Agri-Pulse. In an era defined by environmental challenges, population growth, and an ever-increasing demand for food production, the role of agriculture is more critical than ever. With our vast expanses of farmland and innovative farming practices, the United States stands as a beacon of agricultural prowess. In order to maintain this position, it…

America's Abundant Natural Resources Must Be Safeguarded

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The piece was originally published in the Duluth News Tribune. Rural communities across the Upper Midwest, from the Northwoods of Wisconsin to the shores of Lake Superior and beyond, are the beating heart of this great nation. The industries found here help provide the resources, fuel, and jobs that allow our rural communities — and others around the nation — to flourish. That is why…

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