House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) today named Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) Chairman of the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation. This subcommittee will have similar jurisdiction as the former National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands subcommittee, however, it will now include a greater emphasis on environmental reform and oversight of the National Environmental Policy Act (NE
Bishop is a senior member of the House Natural Resources Committee and has served there in a number of different capacities, namely as the top Republican of the National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subcommittee. Bishop is an ardent proponent of the multiple use of public lands and resources for the benefit of all. He consistently champions efforts to ensure that the voices of those whose livelihoods depend upon access to public lands and resources are represented in Washington, D.C.
"I look forward to continuing to serve on the House Natural Resources Committee and am honored to be named Chairman of the Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee. If our public lands were united, it would be ranked among the 10 largest countries in the world. These lands are home to some of our national treasures and it is my goal as Chairman to ensure that those areas are preserved for future generations to enjoy. In addition, our nation's federal estate includes an abundance of traditional and renewable energy resources and provides opportunities for ranchers, farmers, and other industries to grow and succeed. Preserving and protecting these special places, and ensuring that our lands remain accessible for the mutual benefit of all, will continue to be among my chief priorities at the committee. In addition, it is essential that we examine and consider improvements to current environmental laws. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of some of these policies," said Bishop.
In addition to the House Natural Resources Committee, Bishop will serve on the House Armed Services Committee.