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House Natural Resources hearing on Endangered Species Act bills

Washington, April 8, 2014, 10:00 am

House Natural Resources Committee hearing on four pending Endangered Species Act bills.

GOP: Administration stonewalling on bird deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is refusing to turn over documents related to enforcement of environmental laws at wind farms where dozens of eagles and other protected birds have been killed, House Republicans charged Wednesday.

Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., said the Fish and Wildlife Service has engaged in a "deliberate slow rolling of documents and answers" for nearly a year. Hastings is chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, which has been seeking to compel the wildlife agency turn over internal documents related to its enforcement of laws protecting eagles and other birds.

House Natural Resources hearing on wildlife laws and energy

Washington, March 26, 2014, 10:00 am

House Natural Resources Committee hearing, "Collision Course: Oversight of the Obama Administration’s Enforcement Approach for America’s Wildlife Laws and Its Impact on Domestic Energy." U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe to testify.

House Natural Resources hearing on California water crisis

Fresno, Calif., March 19, 2014, 10:00 am

House Natural Resources Committee field hearing, "California Water Crisis and Its Impacts: The Need for Immediate and Long-Term Solutions." Witnesses to be announced.

House Natural Resources business meeting

Washington, March 13, 2014, 10:30 am

House Natural Resources Committee holds business meeting on pending conservation and water bills. 

House Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings to retire

SEATTLE (AP) — Veteran Republican U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, who represented central Washington for two decades and was a key voice in public lands and energy policy, announced Thursday he'll retire at the end of the year.

As chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, Hastings recently took on the Endangered Species Act, calling for an overhaul of the law to curtail environmentalist lawsuits and give more power to states. Hastings and other GOP critics contend the 40-year-old law has been abused by environmental groups seeking to restrict development in the name of species protection.

"The biggest problem is that the Endangered Species Act is not recovering species," Hastings said at a news conference last week where 13 GOP lawmakers proposed "targeted reforms" for the law that protects imperiled plants and animals.

House Natural Resources Chairman Hastings to retire

House Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings, R-Wash., will not seek reelection, he said Thursday.

First elected in 1994, Hastings noted in an announcement that he turned 73 last week, and said "it is time for the voters to choose a new person with new energy to represent them."

Hastings took the chairmanship of the committee in 2011 and has been a critic of the Obama administration's conservation and energy policies.

Changes sought for endangered species act

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Republicans in Congress on Tuesday called for an overhaul to the Endangered Species Act to curtail environmentalists' lawsuits and give more power to states, but experts say broad changes to one of the nation's cornerstone environmental laws are unlikely given the pervasive partisan divide in Washington, D.C.

A group of 13 GOP lawmakers representing states across the U.S. released a report proposing "targeted reforms" for the 40-year-old federal law, which protects imperiled plants and animals.

Proponents credit the law with staving off extinction for hundreds of species — from the bald eagle and American alligator to the gray whale. But critics contend the law has been abused by environmental groups seeking to restrict development in the name of species protection.

House Natural Resources business meeting on pending lands bills

Washington, January 28, 2014, 10:00 am

House Natural Resources Committee business meeting on pending lands bills, including H.R. 2095, Land Disposal Transparency and Efficiency Act.

House Natural Resources business meeting on subpoenas

Washington, January 16, 2014, 10:00 am

House Natural Resources Committee meets to consider authorizing subpoenas for documents sought by the committee on  Secure Rural Schools sequestration, stream buffer rule drafting, enforcement of wildlife and endangered species laws and suspected conflicts of interests among current and former Interior Department employees. 

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