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multiple use access to federal lands, help educate the public and eventually bring about common-sense reforms to outdated environmental statutes such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act, and to reevaluate and reorient current views and policies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

May 25, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (May 25th, 2016) – Today the U.S. House passed  an energy policy and natural resources package and motioned to go to conference with the U.S. Senate on the legislation.

May 16, 2016 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (May 16th, 2016) – The federal government owns 85 percent of Nevada, and the state faces unnecessary and burdensome federal restrictions on responsible mineral development that will severely impact local economies.
May 12, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (May 12th, 2016) – Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized their federal methane rule to restrict emissions of the gas across the country. The rule is expected to overlap and interfere with successful state and voluntary efforts to reduce methane emissions without discouraging energy production.

May 12, 2016 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (May 12th, 2016) –Yesterday the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service announced that it is dropping its appeal against the Texas Court ruling that removed the threatened designation of the lesser prairie chicken. The court cited that local conservation efforts and plans were ignored when the listing decision was made.
May 10, 2016 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (May 10th, 2016) - Yesterday Andy Johnson, a rancher in Fort Bridger, Wyoming, claimed a victory over the Environmental Protection Agency, retaining his stock pond that was permitted by the appropriate state agencies. The EPA claimed jurisdiction over the pond and threatened tens of thousands of dollars in daily fines as long as the pond remained, saying the pond required federal permitting as well. The terms of the settlement assure that the Johnson family will pay no fines, does not concede any federal jurisdiction to regulate the pond, and that the government will not pursue any further enforcement.