Western Caucus Members Speak Out Against Biden’s Return to Obama-era WOTUS Definition

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Tags: Water

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Western Caucus Members released the following statements in response to the Biden Administration’s proposed rule to redefine “waters of the United States,” an action that will severely impact rural America and the efforts of states, local conservationists, and private landowners who are working to protect clean water: "Rural America is committed to clean water, and any step the ...

OPINION: A blueprint for real conservation

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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 targets. Unfortunately, that is not ...

ICYMI: Western Caucus Members Advocate for Real Conservation Practices

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Earlier this week, Congressional Western Caucus Members from across the United States introduced the Western Conservation Principles to continue promoting effective, locally-led, and voluntary conservation efforts already utilized throughout rural communities. The Principles outline the need for outcome-based conservation practices, from public-private partnerships and active fo...

What They Are Saying: The Western Conservation Principles

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On October 5, Congressional Western Caucus and Senate Western Caucus Members unveiled a blueprint for effective, science-based conservation titled, "Western Conservation Principles." In contrast to the Biden Administration's top-down preservationist approach, also known as the "30 by 30 initiative," the Principles embrace the policies, tools, and values recognized by rural Ameri...

Western Caucus Members Unveil Blueprint for Conservation

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressional Western Caucus and Senate Western Caucus Members revealed a holistic, outcome-based conservation proposal titled, “Western Conservation Principles.” The proposal, which serves as an alternative to the Biden Administration’s "30 by 30 initiative" and America the Beautiful report, is a blueprint for responsible, effective conservation supported by rural commun...

Newhouse Blasts District Court Ruling on Navigable Waters Protection Rule

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Tags: Water

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) released the following statement in response to a federal district court ruling in Arizona striking down the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, creating further uncertainty for rural communities across the United States: “It is disappointing to see our courts take cues from the Biden Administration’s empty talking points ...

OPINION: Maintain navigable waters rule to make homes more affordable

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This piece was originally published in The Hill. The Biden administration’s misguided plan to revise the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) threatens to exacerbate the nation’s housing affordability crisis, trample states’ rights, and do little to improve the quality of the nation’s waterways. Put into effect during the Trump administration, the NWPR is a sound regulation that finalized a new...

Western Caucus Members Call on Biden, Democrats to Combat Western Drought Crisis

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Tags: Water

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Western Caucus Vice Chair and House Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (AR-04) hosted a Special Order alongside 10 Western Caucus Members to call on the Biden Administration and Democrats in Congress to address the severe drought crisis plaguing communities throughout the West. Last week, Members of the Western Caucus and Natural Resources Committee s...

Western Caucus, Natural Resources Members Call on Administration to Address Western Drought Crisis

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Tags: Water

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Members of the Congressional Western Caucus and House Natural Resources Committee, led by Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04), Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (AR-04), and Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-25), sent a letter to Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to call for action on the historic drought crisis...

Western Caucus Demands Answers From Biden Administration on Return to Obama-era WOTUS

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Western Caucus and Senate Western Caucus Members, led by Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04), Chairman Steve Daines (MT), Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-02), and Senator Joni Ernst (IA), sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan and Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jaime Pinkham to express serious concerns...

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