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multiple use access to federal lands, help educate the public and eventually bring about common-sense reforms to outdated environmental statutes such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act, and to reevaluate and reorient current views and policies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 20, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (May 20, 2015) – Today the U.S. House passed the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015. This bill reauthorizes federal research programs, emphasizing basic research and fundamental discovery and increasing support for affordable domestic energy resources. The bill also re-prioritizes funding, increasing the share of nuclear and fossil fuels research, while ensuring that grants are publicly determined by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to be in the national interest. It requires the NSF maintain U.S. leadership in science, technology and innovation, and promote science, technology, engineering and math education while reducing duplication.
May 15, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (May 14, 2015) – Today the U.S. House voted for and passed H.R. 1735 – the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, which, in addition to setting annual policy for our military, addresses federal species listings that will negatively impact military training and readiness.
May 12, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (May 12, 2015) – Today the U.S. House passed the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015, which orders the EPA to withdraw its Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. The bill directs EPA to issue a new rule based on input from the public, states, and stakeholders and consistent with Supreme Court precedent. The rule, if left unchecked, would lead to a massive seizure of states’ waters throughout the country.
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.