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multiple use access to federal lands, help educate the public and eventually bring about common-sense reforms to outdated environmental statutes such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act, and to reevaluate and reorient current views and policies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

Jun 1, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (June 1, 2015) – Today the U.S. House passed H.R. 1335, the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act. This bill reauthorizes the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management program through fiscal year 2019, refocusing authority in the regional fishery management councils instead of continuing with a federal one-size-fits-all approach. The bill also enhances transparency in the science and development of fisheries management plans, and streamlines the regulatory process to avoid duplication while still retaining consistency with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
May 27, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (May 27, 2015) – Today in spite of thousands of public comments raising serious concerns, including from governors and on-the-ground stakeholders throughout the country, the Environmental Protection Agency has finalized the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. This rule marks an unprecedented federal seizure of management and control over waters previously under state jurisdiction.
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.