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multiple use access to federal lands, help educate the public and eventually bring about common-sense reforms to outdated environmental statutes such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act, and to reevaluate and reorient current views and policies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.
Washington, D.C. (July 14th, 2016) – Today, after working late into the night, the U.S. House passed H.R.5538: the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017.
Washington, D.C. (June 30, 2016) –Today the Department of the Interior released the final rule for assessing the value of the coal, oil, and natural gas produced on federal and tribal lands. The new regulations, combined with other actions taken by the Obama Administration, will lead to lost jobs and a decline in energy production.
Washington, D.C. (June 22, 2016) – Today President Obama released a report from the White House ironically titled, “The Economics of Coal Leasing on Federal Lands: Ensuring a Fair Return to Taxpayers”.
Washington, D.C. (June 21st, 2016) – Today in Wyoming, US District Court Judge John Skavdahl struck down the Bureau of Land Management’s final rule on hydraulic fracturing.
Washington, D.C. (June 10th, 2016) –Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted to condemn proposals to tax carbon emissions and raise taxes on oil. In his FY 2017 budget, President Obama proposed a $10 tax hike on every barrel of oil and has often spoken of taxing carbon emissions.