Westerman, Western Caucus Members Introduce Legislation to Improve Land Management, Prevent Wildfires

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressional Western Caucus Vice Chair and Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee Bruce Westerman (AR-04) introduced the Resilient Federal Forests Act with the support of Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and Western Caucus Members from rural communities across the country. This comprehensive land management legislation aims to restore healthy federal lands ...

Western Caucus Members Urge Modernization of Endangered Species Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) hosted a Special Order to discuss the successes and failures of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), highlight species recovery efforts across the country, and promote commonsense policies to modernize the landmark species protection law. Western Caucus Members spoke about the impacts of local ESA listings on local communities and emphasized the import...

OPINION: BLM headquarters in Grand Junction benefits entire country

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This piece was originally published in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel on May 9, 2021. Since it was established in 1946, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has held the mission of caring for and providing multiple-use of our nation’s public lands. The Bureau manages 245 million acres, or one out of every 10 acres in the United States, with 99% of this land located west of the Mississippi River....

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...

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...

Western Caucus Members React to Dangerous Arizona Mining Ban

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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 the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act, legislation introduced by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) to eliminate mining opportunities on over 1 million acres of land surround...

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...

Western Caucus Members Listen to Local Communities Harmed By Keystone XL Pipeline Decision

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, Western Caucus Member Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-SD) hosted a roundtable in Philip, South Dakota alongside Chairman Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) to discuss the disastrous impacts of President Biden’s Executive Order to terminate the Keystone XL Pipeline. The lawmakers heard directly from the individuals, small business owners, and community members w...

Chairman Newhouse Leads Western Caucus Members to Condemn Biden’s Attack on American Energy

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, February 4, Chairman Dan Newhouse (R-WA) led his Congressional Western Caucus colleagues in an hour-long Special Order on the House floor to discuss the negative impacts of President Biden’s recent attacks on American energy. Executive Orders to revoke the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline and indefinitely halt oil and gas leases on federal lands have significant ...

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