Western Caucus Members Affirm Commitment to Conservation, Demand Answers on ‘30 by 30’ Initiative

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Chairmen Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Steve Daines (R-MT) of the Congressional & Senate Western Caucuses led 12 Senate Members and 50 House Members of the respective Caucuses in sending a letter to President Biden asking important clarifying questions about the Biden Administration’s Executive Order establishing a directive to put restrictions on at least 30% of lands and wate...

OPINION: Biden hypocrisy on critical minerals – here's how it hurts US industry, security

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This piece was originally posted by Fox News on March 15, 2021. President Biden has added yet another tally-mark to his ever-increasing list of executive orders. This time, it was an order declaring his purported recognition of the need to secure our nation’s domestic supply chains. On its face, the motivation behind such a declaration is one we would agree with. Our nation’s domestic sourcing of ...

Newhouse: Massive Land Grab Legislation Will Devastate Rural Communities in the West

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Chairman Dan Newhouse (R-WA) spoke on the House floor to urge a no vote on H.R. 803, a partisan package of eight wilderness bills affecting lands and waters in Colorado, Arizona, California, and Washington. The package creates 1.5 million acres of new wilderness, which is the most restrictive federal land use classification. It permanently withdraws 1.2 million acres from...

Western Caucus Members React to Massive Federal Land Grab in Colorado

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Western Caucus Members released the following statements in response to provisions of H.R. 803, the federal land grab package that will be brought to the floor this week. The package includes the text of Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO)’s Colorado Wilderness Act of 2021 and Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO)’s Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act. Combined, these bills will create re...

Chairman Newhouse Statement on Democrats’ Massive Federal Land Grab Legislation

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement in response to the announcement that the House will vote next week on massive federal land grab legislation. The Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act, introduced on February 16, bans oil, gas, and mining leases on 1.2 million acres of land, contributing to President Biden’s devastating attack on Americ...

DOI Announces Final E-Bike Rule on Federal Lands

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Today, members of the Western Caucus released the following statements after the Department of the Interior announced the final rule to update E-Bike regulations on federal lands. “Recreational access and multiple use are core principles of public lands management in the United States. Today’s announcement by DOI shows this Administrations commitment to these two core principles and will open our ...

EPA Announces the Creation of the Office of Mountains, Deserts, and Plains

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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 ...

Bernhardt Signs Record of Decision to Begin Leasing Program in ANWR

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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 he...

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