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multiple use access to federal lands, help educate the public and eventually bring about common-sense reforms to outdated environmental statutes such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act, and to reevaluate and reorient current views and policies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 113th Congress.

Latest News

May 1, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (May 1, 2015) – Today the U.S. House passed H.R. 2028, the FY 2016 Energy and Water Appropriations bill with a bi-partisan vote of 240-177. A rider attached to the bill prohibits implementation or enforcement of the EPA’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. The WOTUS rule, an unprecedented federal seizure of state waters and private water rights, would centralize at the federal level jurisdiction over streams, ponds, and other waters currently regulated by the states.
Apr 17, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (April 17, 2015) – Today the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages over 245 million surface acres and 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout 12 Western states, took the first step to raise royalty rates on already restricted oil and gas production on federal lands.
Apr 15, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (April 15, 2015) –Yesterday during a Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans hearing, U.S. Forest Service Deputy Chief Leslie Weldon announced the decision to halt work on the controversial Proposed Directive on Groundwater Management released last year by the Forest Service.
Apr 1, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (April 1, 2015) – Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) decided to list the northern long eared bat (NLEB) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The FWS cites white-nose syndrome, a disease that has been impacting NLEB populations throughout the east and Midwest, as the sole cause for the listing.
Mar 27, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (March 27, 2015) – The EPA continues stealing its way into every home and every season of the year. In February, mid winter, the agency finalized regulations further restricting wood stove manufacturers and setting stringent soot standards. Now, as spring starts to break through and summertime lies just around the bend, we learn that the EPA decided to fund a study examining yet another EPA-perceived danger to the environment: barbecue grills. The EPA awarded a $15,000 grant to the University of California—Riverside to examine “particulate emissions” from “residential barbecues.” The study is intended to develop technology to reduce “air pollution” and “health hazards” due to residential barbecues with “potential for global application.”