BRANDED: House wildlife recovery bill is not the bipartisan solution Americans deserve

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House wildlife recovery bill is not the bipartisan solution Americans deserve By Rep. Bruce Westerman (AR-04) Last week, the House voted on the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA), a bill that Members on both sides of the aisle should have been able to wholeheartedly support. Unfortunately, while the bill is well-intentioned, House Democrats went about it the wrong way. Instead of putting for...

Arrington, Pfluger Host Western Caucus Field Tour Across West Texas

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Jodey Arrington (TX-19), Rep. August Pfluger (TX-11), and Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) hosted a West Texas Energy and Agriculture Field Tour throughout Texas’ 19th and 11th Congressional Districts. “The Western Caucus is one of the most influential coalitions in Congress, and it is field tours like this – hearing directly from folks in West Texas – that help us work effect...

Westerman Welcomes Western Caucus to Arkansas

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On April 8 and 9, Vice Chair Bruce Westerman (AR-04) and Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) led a group of Western Caucus Members on a field tour of Arkansas’ 4th Congressional District. “I was honored to have the opportunity to show so many members of Congress firsthand how Arkansans use our natural resources to their fullest potential,” said Vice Chair Westerman. “Through uniquely ...

Boebert, Tiffany Lead Members in Urging the Biden Administration to Defend Science-Based Gray Wolf Decision

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, Vice Chair Lauren Boebert (CO-03) and Rep. Tom Tiffany (WI-07) led Western Caucus Members in sending a letter to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland urging the Department of the Interior to support effective locally-led and voluntary species management efforts for the gray wolf. In 2020, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service used the best available science and commercial data...

Western Caucus Conservation Blueprint Gains Nationwide Support

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, the Western Caucus Foundation hosted a virtual forum to discuss the Biden Administration’s misguided “30 by 30,” or America the Beautiful, initiative and the importance of locally-led conservation and active land management. Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04), Vice Chair Chris Stewart (UT-02), and Senate Western Caucus Chairman Steve Daines (MT) joined to highlight the Wes...

Newhouse, Armstrong Host Forum to Highlight Permitting Challenges Facing North Dakota

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and Rep. Kelly Armstrong (ND-AL) hosted a Congressional Western Caucus virtual forum titled, “Cut the Red Tape: Permitting Reforms to Benefit North Dakota & Rural America.” The forum featured local leaders who discussed the permitting challenges and opportunities facing North Dakota’s communities, from agriculture and energy production to small busi...

What They Are Saying: Stakeholders Applaud Western Caucus on FY22 Sage-Grouse Provision

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, industry leaders, stakeholders, and representatives of rural America issued the following statements in support of locally-led greater sage-grouse conservation efforts across the West and in support of the Congressional Western Caucus’ work to secure the long-standing provision prohibiting the use of federal funds to list the sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act i...

Western Caucus Members Secure Long-Standing Sage-Grouse Provision

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressional Western Caucus Members applauded the inclusion of a long-standing greater sage-grouse provision in the Fiscal Year 2022 Omnibus package. The provision prohibits funds being used to enact federal listing of the greater sage-grouse, thereby empowering state and local species managers to continue protecting sage-grouse populations in communities across the West...

Branded: Western Caucus Permitting Month: The keys to unlocking rural America

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Western Caucus Permitting Month: The keys to unlocking rural America By Rep. Dan Newhouse (WA-04) March is Western Caucus Permitting Month, and our Members are excited to share how improving our current permitting processes will help unleash American potential. The Congressional Western Caucus is at the forefront of the challenges rural America experiences, and our Members are working diligently t...

Branded: Endangered Species Act should be a tool – not a weapon

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Endangered Species Act should be a tool – not a weapon By Reps. Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and Bruce Westerman (AR-04) For decades, litigious environmental groups have lined their pockets by using the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as a weapon. Instead of working toward effective species conservation, serial litigators use this landmark environmental law to halt land management projects, stifle domestic e...

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