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multiple use access to federal lands, help educate the public and eventually bring about common-sense reforms to outdated environmental statutes such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act, and to reevaluate and reorient current views and policies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

Feb 9, 2016 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (February 9, 2016) – Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a stay on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan until state lawsuits against the plan can be heard.
Jan 15, 2016 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (January 15, 2016) – Today Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced a moratorium on any new leases for coal production on federal land.
Jan 13, 2016 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (January 13, 2016) – Today the U.S. House voted with a bipartisan majority to pass S.J. Resolution 22 to repeal the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule using the Congressional Review Act. The bill has already passed the Senate and so will now head to the President’s desk.
Jan 12, 2016 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (January 12, 2015) – Today the House passed H.R. 1644: the Supporting Transparent Regulatory and Environmental Actions in Mining Act (“STREAM Act”). This legislation requires transparency in the Obama Administration’s proposed regulations on “stream buffer zones” between coal mines and streams. The bill also requires a third party study to evaluate the strength of stream buffer zone rules already in place, and limits the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) from exceeding its regulatory authority.
Jan 12, 2016 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (January 12, 2016) – In response to President Obama’s final State of the Union address to Congress, Western Caucus Chairman Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large) issued the following statement on the state of the West: