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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 While this crisis has been caused by the drought, burdensome environmental laws, as well as misguided and outdated regulatory restrictions, have exacerbated the situation.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 Introduces Bill to Maintain & Repair Water Supply Infrastructure Across the West

Oct 10 Press Release

PROSSER, WA – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) announced the introduction of the Water Supply Infrastructure Rehabilitation and Utilization Act.

Newhouse Honored with Legislator of the Year Award from Pacific Northwest Waterways Association

Oct 9 Press Release

VANCOUVER, WA – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) was honored as Legislator of the Year by the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association (PNWA) at the group’s annual convention in Vancouver, WA.

COLUMN: Dams and Salmon Can and Do Coexist

Oct 7 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

There has been a lot of buzz around the Snake River dams. In the decades-old argument, anti-dam advocates consistently point out that if the people of the Northwest love salmon, the dams have got to go. The communities I represent have grave concerns over the removal of the Snake River dams, which provide reliable and affordable energy that is vital to our region.

Newhouse Applauds Water Conservation Project Funding for Central Washington Irrigation Districts

Sep 5 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) applauded the announcement by the Bureau of Reclamation of three Central Washington irrigation district projects that have been selected to receive federal small-scale water efficiency grants.

COLUMN: Central Washington is Leading in Clean Energy Production

Aug 26 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

There has been a loud nation-wide conversation about clean and carbon-free energy sources, and I am proud to represent Central Washington, where we are leading in renewable energy production.

Newhouse, McMorris Rodgers Reject Flawed Privately-Funded Dam Study

Jul 29 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released a joint statement following the release of a privately-conducted study regarding the removal of the Lower Snake River Dams:

Newhouse Honors Pioneers of Northwest Hydropower with Federal Power Plant Naming

Jul 24 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) introduced H.R.

Newhouse Requests Peer Review of Yakima Valley Nitrate Report by EPA Region 10

Jul 1 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) requested that U.S.

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: