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multiple use access to federal lands, help educate the public and eventually bring about common-sense reforms to outdated environmental statutes such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act, and to reevaluate and reorient current views and policies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

Mar 20, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (March 20, 2015) – Today Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell released a final rule regulating hydraulic fracturing on federal lands. The rule unnecessarily duplicates the regulation of hydraulic fracturing by state governments, in the process adding costly red tape and bureaucratic uncertainty to the oil and gas permitting process on federal lands.
Mar 19, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (March 19, 2015) – As part of his 2016 budget proposal in February, President Obama unveiled a plan to divert billions of dollars in gulf state offshore oil and gas revenue to other federal programs. The proposal would override the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA), a bipartisan 2006 law ensuring gulf states receive a 37.5 percent share of oil and gas royalties from production in waters off their states’ shores. In late February, a group of Members of Congress joined the refrain in an unpublicized letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Budget Committee recently obtained by E&E News.
Mar 18, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (March 18, 2015) – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1030, the Secret Science Reform Act of 2015 with a bipartisan vote of 241-175. The EPA has been proposing, finalizing, and implementing far reaching and economically harmful regulations without releasing the science on which these regulations are based. Without transparency, independent scientists cannot review and verify the science nor can the affected public be certain that that the extra red tape and bureaucracy is actually necessary. Today’s bill prohibits the EPA from proposing or implementing regulations without first publishing the science on which they are based for independent review.
Mar 17, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (March 17, 2015) – Today, Western Caucus Chairman Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) joined House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and nine U.S. Senators in writing a letter to Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife (FWS). The letter requested a delay of the northern long eared bat (NLEB) listing determination that the FWS is compelled to make by April 2, 2015 under a multi-species settlement agreement between the FWS and the Center for Biological Diversity and WildEarth Guardians.
Feb 24, 2015 Blog
After 2,349 days, time is about to be up for President Obama’s dodge on the Keystone XL pipeline. America’s New Congress has made a unified effort to make jobs a priority for the American people, and S.1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act, is en route to the president’s desk.