Newhouse Blasts Decision to Move BLM Headquarters Back to D.C.
"The Biden Administration’s betrayal of rural America will not be forgotten."
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Department of the Interior (DOI) announced they would relocate the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Headquarters from Grand Junction, CO, to Washington, D.C., a move that disadvantages communities on or surrounded by BLM land throughout the West. Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) released the following statement in response:
Last week, the House Committee on Natural Resources unanimously approved Vice Chair Lauren Boebert's (CO-03) amendment to the reconciliation package that would keep the BLM in Colorado. Learn more here.
Chairman Newhouse and Chelsie Miera, Executive Director of the West Slope Oil and Gas Association, penned an op-ed in the Grand Junction Sentinel calling on Senators Bennet and Hickenlooper to secure a guarantee from the nominee for BLM Director, Tracy Stone-Manning, that she would support keeping the Headquarters in Grand Junction before voting to approve her. Click here to read the op-ed.
In April, Chairman Newhouse joined Vice Chair Boebert in Grand Junction for a roundtable with local leaders and business owners to discuss the positive impacts the Headquarters' move to Colorado has had on rural communities throughout the West, from more effective land management to job creation. Click here to learn more.
Following the roundtable, Chairman Newhouse and Carlyle Currier, President of the Colorado Farm Bureau, highlighted Vice Chair Boebert's bipartisan collaboration with the Colorado congressional delegation and Colorado Governor Jared Polis in an op-ed about her advocacy on behalf of her constituents and the rural West. Read the op-ed in the Grand Junction Sentinel.