“I believe we have a responsibility to leave our environment better than we found it. We talk about the economy so often that many people think we forget about the environment. That couldn’t be further from the truth. We have to balance these priorities, but H.R. 803 would simply lock up critical resources forever. Congress’s focus should be on conserving those resources, using them in sustainable, responsible ways that every American can enjoy. Since we weren’t given an opportunity to debate this bill in committee, Republicans took time today to show that this bill won’t help the environment but will instead kill jobs, limit access to outdoor recreation, hurt state water rights, imperil our national security and American energy dependence, tie the hands of federal land managers wanting to conduct necessary forest management activities, and make us more reliant on hostile foreign nations. I oppose this legislation, and if my colleagues in Congress care about rural America, they will oppose it too.” — Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR), House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member


By Gabriella Hoffman |March 2nd, 2021

March 2, 2021 at 11:08AM