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multiple use access to federal lands, help educate the public and eventually bring about common-sense reforms to outdated environmental statutes such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act, and to reevaluate and reorient current views and policies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

Apr 20, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (April 20th, 2016) –Yesterday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) caved to pressure from serial litigants in abandoning a common sense Endangered Species Act (ESA) proposal. This surrender rolled back one of the few positive moves by the Obama Administration to improve the ESA.

Mar 15, 2016 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (March 15, 2016) – Today, U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced that the outer-continental shelf of the Mid-Atlantic coast would be off limits to oil and gas production under its 5-year plan for offshore energy production.
Feb 29, 2016 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (February 29, 2016)-Late last week, Western Caucus Chairman Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large) and Coal Caucus Chairman David B. McKinley, P.E. (WV-01) co-led 11 fellow Members of the U.S. House in sending a letter to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. The letter demanded the legal justification for the Administration’s recent moratorium on any new leases for coal production on federal land as well as the estimate of jobs that will be lost because of the new lease moratorium.
Feb 26, 2016 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (February 26, 2016) –Today the U.S. House passed with a bipartisan vote H.R. 2406, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act.
Feb 12, 2016 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (February 12, 2016) – Today President Obama unilaterally locked up nearly 1.8 million acres by designating three new national monuments in California. This action undermines ongoing legislative efforts tailored to the needs and wishes of local communities.