Western Caucus Members React to Wildland Fire Commission Report

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and Executive Vice Chair Doug LaMalfa (CA-01) released the following statements in response to recommendations by the Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission in their report released yesterday.   “This report highlights what we already know, we must take a proactive approach in…

Western Caucus Members Tour Yosemite National Park In California

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, the Western Caucus Foundation hosted a Summer policy roundtable and field tour in Yosemite National Park, California, with eight Western Caucus Members, congressional staff, and stakeholders. The policy roundtable and field tour included participation from Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04), Vice Chairs Tom Tiffany (WI-07) and Mariannette…

Western Caucus Members Tour Northern Wisconsin

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Cenovus Refinery - Wisconsin

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, the Western Caucus hosted a field tour of Northern Wisconsin, with five Western Caucus Members, congressional staff, and stakeholders. Members attending included Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04), Vice Chairs Tom Tiffany (WI-07), Pete Stauber (MN-08) and Jay Obernolte (CA-23) as well as Rep. Cliff Bentz (OR-02). Congressional Western Caucus Members…

What They Are Saying: Western Caucus Farm Bill Priorities

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Farm Bill Priorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Industry leaders and associations representing rural communities across America released the following statements in support of the Congressional Western Caucus’ 2023 Farm Bill Reauthorization Priorities. American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “The farm bill is important for all Americans as a shared investment in keeping our nation’s food supply…

Western Caucus Members Speak Out: “It’s Time to Unleash American Energy”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and 29 Congressional Western Caucus Members urged their House colleagues to vote in support of H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act, on the House floor. The legislation is a comprehensive solution to address the Biden Administration’s failed, anti-American energy policies. “H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act, will finally get…

Chairman Newhouse, Executive Vice Chair LaMalfa Introduce House Bill to Fight Fires, Protect Western Communities

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Fire Retardant Ban Special Order

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressional Western Caucus Executive Vice Chair Doug LaMalfa (CA-01) introduced H.R. 1586, the Forest Protection and Wildland Firefighter Safety Act of 2023, with Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04). Senate Western Caucus Chair Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) introduced a companion bill in the Senate. This bill creates a Clean Water Act exemption for federal, state,…

Chairman Newhouse’s Statement on President Biden’s State of the Union Address

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) released the following statement in response to President Biden’s Joint Address to Congress: “Tonight, President Biden spoke ad nauseam about “finishing the job,” not recognizing he has completely failed the job and the millions of Americans who count on him to lead our country.He talked about the number of jobs he has created,…

Leading the West forward

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This piece was originally published on Agri-Pulse. It’s true, for the last two years, rural Americans have been left behind, their concerns ignored, and their voices silenced. All the while, the Congressional and Senate Western Caucuses have been listening to these same men and women who feed and clothe the world. Now, we’re acting. As Chairs of the Congressional and Senate Western…

Newhouse, Kilmer Lead Inquiry Into Low Forest Service Timber Harvests

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-06) led a bipartisan letter to U.S. Forest Service Chief Randy Moore requesting information on the Forest Service’s low timber harvest in FY22 which was down 11% from FY19—the last pre-pandemic year of timber harvests. The West continues to face the risk of catastrophic wildfire because federal forests have been…

Chairman Newhouse Introduces Legislation to Improve Forest Health and Management

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) introduced the bicameral Root and Stem Project Reauthorization Act alongside Senators Steve Daines (MT) and Dianne Feinstein (CA). This legislation provides the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management with a clear statutory tool to treat forests more efficiently and empower collaborative…

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