Our Mission

The mission of the Western Caucus is to enhance, sustain, and preserve the West’s dynamic and unique culture, and to find innovative solutions that address the distinctive concerns facing western and rural communities. We believe economic growth and conservation are not mutually exclusive goals and can be accomplished by promoting balanced, common-sense reforms.

To accomplish this mission, the Western Caucus is committed to advancing the following key principles: protecting private property, strengthening local control, promoting economic growth, and increasing energy independence. As part of our advocacy of these principles we will focus on an agenda which will increase energy independence and security, protect and promote multiple use access to federal lands, help educate the public and eventually bring about common-sense reforms to outdated environmental statutes such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act, and to reevaluate and reorient current views and policies on federal land ownership.

The Western Caucus will build on the proud legacy and tradition of this Caucus by producing real results for our constituents during the 114th Congress.

Latest News

Nov 23, 2015 Press Release
Today Western Caucus Chairman Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large), along with other caucus members, joined a letter led by Rep. Morgan Griffith (VA-09) sent to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (KY-05) and Ranking Member Nita Lowey (NY-17) to oppose fulfilling President Obama’s funding request for the United Nations’ Green Climate Fund.
Nov 6, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (November 6, 2015) – Today President Obama has rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline. Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Cynthia Lummis (WY-At Large) released the following statement in response:
Nov 6, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (November 6, 2015) – Yesterday, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) released a discussion draft of legislation to reauthorize and reform the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The draft bill, titled Protecting America’s Recreation and Conservation (PARC) Act, would make the LWCF work more effectively for public lands, states, and communities.
Oct 22, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (October 22, 2015) – Today the U.S. House passed, with a bipartisan vote, H.R. 1937: the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2015. This legislation addresses delays in the permitting of American mining projects, which can currently take seven to ten years or longer. This bill requires the lead permitting agency to identify a project lead to coordinate with all involved, set and adhere to deadlines, establish clear goals, and track progress. It also allows state reviews to count towards federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements, and streamlines judicial review and litigation.
Oct 9, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (October 9th, 2015) – Today the U.S. House voted 261-159 to increase American energy production and spur economic growth by passing bipartisan legislation to lift the 40 year old ban on crude oil exports. The export ban was put in place in 1975 in response to the Arab oil embargo. Since then the U.S. has become a leading producer of oil in the world, but the policy has not changed, jeopardizing the ability of American production to stay globally competitive.