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… Read more »
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)… Read more »
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… Read more »
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… Read more »
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… Read more »
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… Read more »
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,… Read more »
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and Vice Chair Bruce Westerman (AR-04) led 23 Members in sending a letter to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland urging an extension of the public comment period for the ongoing greater sage-grouse scoping process in order to increase participation from states, local governments, tribes, and stakeholders.
“During… Read more »
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Western Caucus Members introduced five pieces of legislation to codify the Trump Administration’s 2019 and 2020 regulations to modernize and improve the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) introduced legislation to maintain the Trump Administration’s Section 4 regulations that require the economic impact of an ESA listing decision… Read more »
This piece was originally published in The Hill.
Conservation is engrained within our western way of life. Our livelihood and quality of life out West is reliant upon healthy landscapes which is why we take pride in stewarding the land for current and future generations. Western land users should be seen as partners for accomplishing our conservation goals, not… Read more »