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November 21, 2014
U.S. Capitol Historical Society Unveils Official Portrait of Chairman Hastings
On Wednesday, The U.S. Capitol Historical Society unveiled the official portrait of House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04).
Chairman Hastings's wife Claire, their three children and spouses, their eight grandchildren, and two of his brothers helped unveil the portrait. The reception, emceed by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, featured remarks from Speaker John Boehner - who accepted the portrait into the House collection, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Peter Defazio.
Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Volcano Hazard Preparedness & Response
On Wednesday, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on "Volcano Hazards: Exploring the National Preparation and Response Strategy." This hearing examined the current state of volcanic hazards in the United States and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Volcano Hazards Program that is designed to address these hazards, alert communities to pending eruptions, and mitigate devastating impacts to communities.
"This hearing is particularly timely as all Americans have been watching the devastation of a slow moving lava flow on the Hawaiian community of Pahoa. This particular flow began in June and has damaged roads, partially covered a cemetery and burned down two structures,"said Subcommittee Chairman Doug Lamborn."USGS monitors and assesses the Nation's volcanic hazards and works with other countries to do the same. However, while USGS administers this burden, this is a program that has for too long gone unauthorized by Congress. As has been stated before, as the authorizing Committee in Congress the oversight we hold here today will help us understand and review the programs operating at USGS and clarify what steps can be taken to improve the operations through formal Congressional Authorization in the future."
Congressman Rob Bishop to Serve as Committee Chairman Next Congress
This week, the House Republican Conference selected Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) to serve as the next Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources for the 114th Congress.
"I am honored to have been selected to serve in this important new role at the Natural Resources Committee. As Chairman I will work to ensure that our unique and abundant federal resources are properly managed and that a fair balance is reached between conservation and multiple use. Doc Hastings leaves big shoes to fill and I am grateful for all that he has done to advance and address natural resource policies,"said Bishop.
According to a new study released this week, unlocking America's offshore oil and natural gas resources in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and in the Pacific Ocean will create over 600,000 new American jobs.