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multiple use access to federal lands, help educate the public and eventually bring about common-sense reforms to outdated environmental statutes such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act, and to reevaluate and reorient current views and policies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

Jul 29, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (July 29, 2015) – Today the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is holding the first of several “listening sessions” on the Federal Coal Program in Washington, D.C., thousands of miles from the western communities home to the bulk of federal coal. The stated purpose of the listening sessions is to have “an honest and open conversation” about increasing federal coal royalties that at current rates contribute billions annually to federal, state, and tribal coffers. The BLM plans on visiting some of the impacted communities out west next month.
Jul 16, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (July 16, 2015) – Today the U.S. House passed HR 2898: the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015. The bipartisan vote of 245-176 sends the legislation to the U.S. Senate for consideration. Members of the Congressional Western Caucus secured numerous provisions in the legislation and helped ensure its passage through the House. In addition to providing much-needed water supply to families, farmers and communities in California, the bill will increase critical water storage throughout the west, streamline water project permitting on federal lands, and protect state-endowed water rights from federal water grabs.
Jul 10, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (July 10, 2015) – Today President Obama’s Administration announced that it will unilaterally designate 700,000 acres in eastern Nevada as the Basin Range National Monument, undermining a locally-developed land plan that even Sen. Harry Reid supported and dismissing any opportunity for meaningful public input. This designation will put this enormous swathe of land under lock and key, using a modern art project spanning a few hundred acres to justify a land grab of hundreds of thousands of acres.
Jul 9, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (July 9, 2015) – Today the U.S. House passed H.R. 2647: the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015. This bipartisan legislation would improve federal forest management practices by restoring fundamental land management capabilities to the U.S. Forest Service, such as routine thinning practices to improve forest health and reduce wildfire threats. The bill also implements a fiscally responsible mechanism to treat catastrophic wildfires equitably with other federally-recognized natural disasters.
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.