The Congressional Western Caucus is working to advance six basic objectives:
Principle 1 – (Economic Growth): Our members work to eliminate federal impediments that are stifling economic growth, hindering job creation, driving up the cost of living and preventing economic prosperity in our communities.
Principle 2 – (Energy): Promoting access to our nation’s energy and mineral resources while supporting a true all-of-the-above energy approach that aims to ensure the U.S. is a global energy leader. Members of the Western Caucus support policies that increase, diversify, and facilitate the production and delivery of reliable and affordable energy supplies from all domestic sources.
Principle 3 – (Local Control): Focusing on state and local solutions that put our communities first. The Caucus believes that state and local governments are better suited to deal with local issues than a distant, out-of-touch federal government. State and local governments are closer to the people, more responsive to citizens, and better equipped for representing their constituents on many important issues.
Principle 4 – (Private Property Rights): Protecting ownership of property is a fundamental right in America. The federal government should be required to compensate property owners when regulations deprive them of the use of their property. Our members support legislation and laws that protect property from federal government “takings” and is consistent with the protections found in our Constitution.
Principle 5 – (Multiple-Use): Preserving multiple-use on public lands for activities like camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, OHV use, responsible energy production and grazing.
Principle 6 – (Agriculture and Forestry): Ensuring affordable and safe domestic food production for American families while also maintaining healthy forests.
These principles are based on the idea that stewardship of our environment and natural resources is best accomplished by those on the ground. The people who depend on the land to provide security for their families and communities understand that land best. Those closest to the land are most equipped to manage that land and its resources. The hard work and collaboration towards stewardship solutions that we see on the ground every day is our most effective conservation model and one that the Caucus will support and protect.