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 ...

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

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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...

OPINION: Obama-Biden water rule - here's why we must stop this overreach...again

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Tags: Water

This piece was originally published by Fox News on April 23, 2021. As the respective chairmen of the Senate and Congressional Western Caucuses, a group of members who work to lift the voice of the rural West in Congress, we have a vested interest in how the federal government’s regulations impact water, agriculture and natural resources across the country – especially when these regulations burden...

What They Are Saying: We Must Maintain the Navigable Waters Protection Rule

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Tags: Water

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-02) introduced a resolution to uphold the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR), expressing the sense of the House that clean water is a national priority and that the NWPR should not be withdrawn or vacated. The resolution was introduced with the support of 114 Members of Congress, including 57 Members of the Congressional Western ...

OPINION: Rural America is dedicated to clean water

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Tags: Water

This piece was originally published in the Des Moines Register on April 14, 2021. Water is one of our most precious natural resources. Whether for drinking, farming, or fishing, clean water is a national priority, and future generations depend on us doing our part to preserve and protect bodies of water throughout the United States. In Iowa and in rural communities throughout the country, we recog...

President Trump Signs Executive Order to Modernize Water Management and Infrastructure

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Today, members of the Western Caucus released the following statements after President Trump signed an Executive Order on modernizing America's water resource management and water infrastructure. “Water is a necessity for life and nowhere is that truer than in the West. Water infrastructure powers our homes, ensure farmers have water to irrigate their crops, and ensure our communities of enough to...

CEQ Announces Completion of Presidential Memorandum on Western Water Sustainability

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Today, members of the Western Caucus released the following statements after the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) announced the completion of the Presidential Memorandum on Promoting the Reliable Supply and Delivery of Water in the West. “As I often say, whisky is for drinking and water is for fighting. I applaud the Trump Administration for their work on prioritizing western water issues fo...

Western Caucus Members Voice Their Support for WRDA

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Today, members of the Western Caucus released the following statements after the House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). “Today proves that Congress is still capable of going through a thorough and bi-partisan committee process to create a good piece of legislation. Water infrastructure is incredibly important for our economy, national security, and public healt...

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