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multiple use access to federal lands, help educate the public and eventually bring about common-sense reforms to outdated environmental statutes such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act, and to reevaluate and reorient current views and policies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

Oct 1, 2015 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final rule for surface-level ozone. Senate Western Caucus Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) and Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) released the following statements:
Sep 30, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (September 30, 2015) – Today a U.S. District Judge in the District Court of Wyoming upheld a preliminary injunction against the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) rule governing hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal lands, finalized in March of this year. The judge found that the rule exceeded the BLM’s statutory authority.
Sep 22, 2015 Press Release
Denver, CO (September 22, 2015) – Today Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that an Endangered Species Act listing of the greater sage grouse is not warranted at this time. Also this week, the Department of the Interior finalized nearly a hundred land use plans imposing sage grouse-based restrictions across the sage grouse’s 11 state range.
Sep 15, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (September 15, 2015) – Today the Obama Administration requested Congress change federal budget laws to address shortfalls in catastrophic wildfire funding.
Sep 11, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (September 11, 2015) – Today the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced its decision, after strong pushback by members of the Western Caucus, to drop its plan to merge the BLM state offices of New Mexico and Arizona into one regional office.