Rep. Newhouse Named to Subcommittees on Federal Lands and Water at House Natural Resource Committee

January 15, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after being assigned to serve on the Subcommittee on Federal Lands and the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans at the House Natural Resources Committee, chaired by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT):

“As every Washingtonian knows, increasing water storage and accountable public land management are critical issues for farmers, businesses and landowners in our region,” said Rep. Newhouse. “I am grateful to Chairman Bishop, and I could not be more pleased to be assigned to subcommittees with jurisdiction over matters that are vital to economic growth in Central Washington. I am committed to advocating for an active federal role in implementing integrated water management plans in the Columbia Basin and Yakima Basin as well as safeguarding our dams so that they continue to generate clean, renewable hydroelectricity. I will also demand accountability and transparency from federal land management agencies because land use decisions should be made locally, not by federal bureaucrats. It is Congress’ duty to ensure that public land management promotes economic development, not burdensome regulations and red tape.”

On Tuesday, Rep. Newhouse was selected as Vice-Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee for the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, with jurisdiction over matters relating to non-defense federal research and development programs, laboratories overseen by the Department of Energy, and commercial application of energy technology. Rep. Newhouse also sits on the House Agriculture Committee.