Newhouse, Pfluger Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Secure Domestic Critical Mineral Supply

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and Rep. August Pfluger (TX-11) introduced the Critical Minerals Classification Improvement Act to secure a domestic supply of critical minerals. The bipartisan legislation is also supported by Reps. Henry Cuellar (TX-28) and Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15). The bill strikes the “non-fuel” requirement from the critical minerals definition to allow f...

BRANDED: Actions Speak Louder Than Words: The Need for Domestic Mining

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words: The Need for Domestic Mining By Reps. Pete Stauber (MN-08) and Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) When it comes to President Biden’s domestic mining policy, it’s important to watch his actions and not just listen to his words. During October 2020, in the throes of the presidential campaign, then-candidate Joe Biden told U.S. miners he supports domestic production. It was a key t...

Newhouse, Amodei Join Local Leaders to Spotlight Critical Domestic Lithium Mine

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and Vice Chair Mark Amodei (NV-02) hosted a Congressional Western Caucus virtual forum titled, “Nevada’s New Lithium Mine: Securing America’s Independence.” The forum featured local leaders who discussed the bureaucratic and regulatory delays that result from broken permitting processes while celebrating the recent permitting of the Thacker Pass Lit...

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...

Cheney, Newhouse Lead Call to Establish Domestic Uranium Reserve

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and Vice Chair Liz Cheney (WY-AL) led a letter to U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm expressing concerns about her delay in implementing a national uranium reserve. In 2020, Congress appropriated $75 million to be used for the establishment of a national uranium reserve, and the Department of Energy (DOE) has not yet secure...

Western Caucus Members Promote Drought Resilience & Energy Security in Arizona

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Western Caucus Members traveled to Arizona for the Western Caucus Foundation’s Spring Field Tour and Roundtable, where they discussed how local communities are collaborating to combat historic drought conditions, as well as the importance of domestic mineral development. “In Arizona, we worked to highlight two of the most significant issues facing the United States...

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...

Newhouse, Stauber, Westerman Blast Biden Administration for Cancelation of Domestic Mineral Leases in Minnesota

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04), Vice Chair Pete Stauber (MN-08), and Vice Chair Bruce Westerman (AR-04) issued the following statements in response to the Biden Administration’s action to revoke existing mineral leases for the Twin Metals mine in Minnesota’s Superior National Forest: “The Biden Administration is yet again talking out of both sides of its mouth, and their a...

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