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multiple use access to federal lands, help educate the public and eventually bring about common-sense reforms to outdated environmental statutes such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act, and to reevaluate and reorient current views and policies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

Jun 29, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (June, 29 2015) – Today the United States Supreme Court ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency in Michigan v. EPA. The court invalidated the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxic Standards rule, also known as Utility MACT, because the agency refused to consider the rule’s economic costs.   

Jun 25, 2015 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senate Western Caucus Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY), Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statements after members of the Senate and Congressional Western Caucuses were successful in securing provisions in the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015 to help increase water storage, streamline water permitting and protect water rights in the West. The bill was introduced today by U.S. Representative David G. Valadao (R-CA) in part to address issues related to the drought in California.
Jun 24, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (June 23, 2015) – Today the U.S. House passed H.R. 2042: the Ratepayer Protection Act. This legislation would suspend enforcement of the EPA’s rule to force the closure of coal-fired power plants until the resolution of the numerous legal challenges to the rule. The bill would also allow state governors to opt out of the rule should the governor determine the rule would have a significant adverse effect on electricity ratepayers or the reliability of the state’s power grid.
Jun 24, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (June 24, 2015) - A federal BLM Hydraulic Fracturing rule was set to go into effect today. If allowed to go forward, this rule would duplicate active state management that has been effectively regulating hydraulic fracturing for decades and responding in recent years to advancing drilling technologies. Yesterday, however, a federal judge in Wyoming district court ordered a stay of the rule until he is able to hear further arguments in pending litigation over the validity of the rule.
Jun 19, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (June 19, 2015) – Today the U.S. Forest Service announced full withdrawal of the Proposed Directive on Groundwater Management. The directive, which was proposed in May of 2014, was finally withdrawn after a bipartisan effort to stop the directive and protect the longstanding and effective state management of these waters.