Natural Resources & the Environment 2017-12-06T04:42:18+00:00

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  • H.R. 6147, Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019 - This comprehensive bill “Provides appropriations to Interior for [non-Departmental Offices]…; Interior for Departmental Offices…; Interior for Department-Wide Programs…; the EPA; the Department of Agriculture for the Forest Service; the Department of Health and Human Services…; other related agencies… [and] Sets forth requirements and restrictions for using funds provided by this and other appropriations Acts.” Why This […]
  • H.R. 3281, Reclamation Title Transfer and Non-Federal Infrastructure Incentivization Act - From the bill: “This bill authorizes the Department of the Interior to convey U.S. interest in an eligible reclamation project or facility to an agency of a state political subdivision, a joint action or powers agency, a water users association, or an Indian tribe or tribal utility authority that holds a water service contract for […]
  • H.R. 3, Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act - The purpose of this bill is “To rescind certain budget authority proposed to be rescinded in special messages transmitted to the Congress by the President on May 8, 2018, in accordance with title X of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act 1974.” Why This Bill Is Against Our Values: “The House voted along party […]
  • H.R. 1917, Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing Kilns Act of 2017 - This bill prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency from requiring compliance with Clean Air Act rules concerning national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants with respect to brick and structural clay products manufacturing or clay ceramics manufacturing until judicial reviews of the rules are complete. Why Jason Lewis’ vote is against our values “We oppose H.R. […]
  • H. R. 806, Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017 - This bill amends the Clean Air Act (CAA) to revise the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) program. Why Jason Lewis’ vote conflicts with our values. “Despite its name, the legislation would actually systematically weaken the Clean Air Act without a single improvement, undermine Americans’ 46-year right to healthy air based on medical science, and […]
  • H. R. 5895, Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019. - This bill Provides FY2019 appropriations for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civil works projects, the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, the Department of Energy (DOE), and independent agencies such as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.” Why This Bill Is Against Our Values: “Our organizations, along with our millions of members and supporters, urge you […]
  • H. R. 3905, Minnesota’s Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest Act - The purpose of H.R. 3905, also known as the MINER Act,  is to require Congressional approval of any mineral withdrawal or monument designation involving the National Forest System lands in the State of Minnesota, and to provide for the renewal of certain mineral leases in such lands. Why Jason Lewis’ vote conflicts with our values […]
  • H. R. 3219, Make America Secure Appropriations Act, 2018 - This bill provides FY2018 appropriations for several federal agencies. The bill includes 4 of the 12 regular FY2018 appropriations bills, including: the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018; the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2018; the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018; and the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations […]
  • H. R. 3144, To provide for operations of the Federal Columbia River Power System. - Full title: To provide for operations of the Federal Columbia River Power System pursuant to a certain operation plan for a specified period of time, and for other purposes. This bill requires the Bureau of Reclamation, the Bonneville Power Administration, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to operate the Federal Columbia River Power System […]
  • H. R. 3043, Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017. - To modernize hydropower policy, and for other purposes. H.R. 3043 would modernize the regulatory permitting process and encourage the expansion of hydropower generation by improving administrative efficiency, accountability, and transparency; promoting new hydropower infrastructure; requiring balanced, timely decision making; and reducing duplicative oversight. Why Jason Lewis’ vote conflicts with our values. “This bill would increase […]
  • H. R. 2936, Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017. - To expedite under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and improve forest management activities on National Forest System lands, on public lands under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management, and on Tribal lands to return resilience to overgrown, fire-prone forested lands, and for other purposes. (Source: Congress.Gov) Why Jason Lewis’ vote conflicts […]
  • H. R. 2910, Promoting Interagency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Pipelines Act - This bill expands the authority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to act as the lead agency for the purpose of coordinating all applicable federal authorizations and environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) with respect to authorizing a natural gas pipeline project under the Natural Gas Act. Why Jason […]
  • H. R. 2883, Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act - This bill prohibits any person from constructing, connecting, operating, or maintaining a border-crossing facility for the import or export of oil, natural gas, or electricity across an international border of the United States without obtaining a certificate of crossing. No presidential permit as required under specified executive orders shall be necessary for the construction, connection, […]
  • H. R. 23, Gaining Responsibility on Water Act of 2017 - This bill requires the Central Valley Project (CVP) and the State Water Project in California to be operated pursuant to the water quality standards and operational constraints described in the “Principles for Agreement on the Bay-Delta Standards Between the State of California and the Federal Government” dated December 15, 1994. Why Jason Lewis’ vote conflicts […]
  • H. R. 218, King Cove Road Land Exchange Act - This bill declares that, if the state of Alaska offers to convey to the Department of the Interior 43,093 acres of state-owned land, Interior shall convey to Alaska, in exchange, 206 acres of federal land within the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge and 131 acres of federal land within the Izembek Wilderness, for purposes of: (1) […]
  • H. R. 200, Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management - This bill revises and reauthorizes through FY2022 the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). Revisions are made to: (1) requirements for fishery management plans for overfished fisheries; and (2) catch limit requirements, including by authorizing Regional Fishery Management Councils to consider changes in an ecosystem and the economic needs of the fishing communities when establishing […]
  • H. R. 1654, Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act - This bill establishes the Bureau of Reclamation as the lead agency for purposes of coordinating all reviews, permits, licenses, or other approvals or decisions (reviews) required under federal law to construct new surface water storage projects in the states covered under the Reclamation Act on lands administered by the Department of the Interior or the […]
  • H. R. 1431, EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2017. - This bill amends the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act of 1978 to revise the process of selecting members of the Science Advisory Board, guidelines for participation in board advisory activities, and terms of office. The board provides scientific advice to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This bill requires the board to independently provide […]
  • H. R. 1430, Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act of 2017 (HONEST Act). - This bill amends the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act of 1978 to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating a covered action unless all scientific and technical information relied on to support such action is the best available science, specifically identified, and publicly available in a manner sufficient for independent […]
  • H. R. 1119, Satisfying Energy Needs and Saving the Environment Act (SENSE Act). - This bill eases emission limits for hazardous air pollutants from electric utility steam generating units (electric power plants) that convert coal refuse into energy. The Environmental Protection Agency must allow utilities to select a standard for either hydrogen chloride or sulfur dioxide with which to comply from a list of specified standards. Why Jason Lewis’ […]
  • H. J. Res. 41, Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of a rule submitted by the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to “Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers - This joint resolution nullifies the “Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers” rule finalized by the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 27, 2016. (The rule, mandated under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, requires resource extraction issuers to disclose payments made to governments for the commercial development of oil, natural gas, or […]
  • H. J. Res. 38, Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior known as the Stream Protection Rule. - This joint resolution nullifies the Stream Protection Rule finalized by the Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement on December 20, 2016. The rule addresses the impacts of surface coal mining operations on surface water, groundwater, and the productivity of mining operation sites. Why Jason Lewis’ vote conflicts with our values. […]
  • H. J. Res 69, disapproval of rule relating to Wildlife/Public Participation on Refuges in Alaska. - This joint resolution nullifies the rule finalized by the Department of the Interior on August 5, 2016, relating to non-subsistence takings of wildlife and public participation and closure procedures on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska. Why Jason Lewis’ vote conflicts with our values. “The federal government has an interest in promoting “natural diversity” in Alaska’s national wildlife […]
  • H. Con. Res. 119, Congress expressing that a carbon tax would be detrimental to U. S. economy. - This resolution expresses the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to American families and businesses and is not in the best interest of the United States. Why This Bill Is Against Our Values: “H.Con.Res. 119 is not an anti-carbon tax bill but is, in fact, an anti-climate action bill. Simply put, […]