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This year, Washington State and much of the western United States faced severe drought conditions, water shortages, and rationing, which have had serious impacts on our agriculture, energy, and manufacturing sectors, as well as the many families and small businesses that rely on an adequate and stable supply of water.  Many residents are confronting the worst drought they’ve seen in many years, and a growing number of communities across the West have been acutely impacted by these arid conditions. While this crisis has been caused by the drought, burdensome environmental laws, as well as misguided and outdated regulatory restrictions, have exacerbated the situation. As a third-generation farmer, I understand from personal experience that access to water is vital to the livelihoods and economic prosperity of Washingtonians, which is why one of my first actions in Congress was to introduce legislation aimed at developing new surface water storage projects in the west.  

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Newhouse, McMorris Rodgers Call on Governor Inslee to Veto Federal Dam Breaching Study

May 20 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following joint statement urging Washington Governor Jay Inslee to veto the $750,000 line item in the capital budget that would commission a state-funded study on breaching the federally-owned and operated Snake River dams in Central Washington:

Newhouse Leads Bipartisan Letter to Prevent Sale of Bonneville Power Administration Transmission Assets

May 9 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, Representatives Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) led a bipartisan letter to the leaders of the House Committee on the Budget opposing transmission asset divestment and changes in pricing structure of fou

House Committee Unanimously Approves Newhouse Legislation to Transfer Kennewick Irrigation District Title

May 3 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after the House Natural Resources Committee unanimously approved his legislation to transfer title of U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) related works and lands to the Kennewick Irrigation District (KID). H.R.

House Approves Funding Bill with Newhouse Amendment to Prevent Bonneville Power Administration Privatization, End Forced Spill at Dams

Jun 8 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) voted in favor of House passage of H.R. 5895, the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act. Rep.

Washington State U.S. Representatives Applaud the Administration’s Decision to Abandon Plan to Sell Bonneville Power Administration’s Assets

May 24 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives from Washington state Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03), Dan Newhouse (WA-04), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) and Dave Reichert (WA-08) issued a joint statement following the U.S. Department of Energy’s announcement that they will not sell off Bonneville Power Administration’s (BPA) assets.

Newhouse Announces Committee Markup for Legislation to Streamline Water Projects, Authorize Key Phase of Yakima Basin Integrated Plan

May 14 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement on the House Committee on Natural Resources’ markup announcement for legislation he introduced, H.R. 4419, the Bureau of Reclamation and Bureau of Indian Affairs Water Project Streamlining Act. Rep.

Proposed FY 2019 House Energy and Water Appropriations Legislation Includes Dam Protections

May 8 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Rep.

Newhouse, McMorris Rodgers Announce Nearly $2 Million to Support Columbia Basin Project; Includes Funds for Odessa Aquifer Replacement

May 8 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statements after receiving a report from the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) on its Fiscal Year 2018 additional funding spending program.

Bill to Protect Columbia and Snake River Dams Passes House

Apr 25 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC - (APRIL 25, 2018) – Today, a bipartisan bill to protect the Columbia and Snake River Dams passed the House by a vote of 225 to 189. This effort, introduced by Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) alongside Reps.