Our Mission

The mission of the Western Caucus is to enhance, sustain, and preserve the West’s dynamic and unique culture, and to find innovative solutions that address the distinctive concerns facing western and rural communities. We believe economic growth and conservation are not mutually exclusive goals and can be accomplished by promoting balanced, common-sense reforms.

To accomplish this mission, the Western Caucus is committed to advancing the following key principles: protecting private property, strengthening local control, promoting economic growth, and increasing energy independence. As part of our advocacy of these principles we will focus on an agenda which will increase energy independence and security, protect and promote multiple use access to federal lands, help educate the public and eventually bring about common-sense reforms to outdated environmental statutes such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act, and to reevaluate and reorient current views and policies on federal land ownership.

The Western Caucus will build on the proud legacy and tradition of this Caucus by producing real results for our constituents during the 113th Congress.

Latest News

Dec 19, 2014 Blog
Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the first-ever federal regulation of coal ash, a byproduct of coal-based power production. Congressman Kevin Cramer said the decision by EPA not to declare coal ash a hazardous waste is a step in the right direction, but stressed the byproduct is better regulated by individual states.
Dec 18, 2014 Blog
Today, Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-2) responded to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell’s statement regarding a rider in the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 delaying for one year the potential Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing of the Sage Hen. He released the following statement:
Dec 10, 2014 Blog

The Interior and Environment portion of the Omnibus prioritizes funding to address the nation’s most important public lands issues, including fighting and preventing wildfires, maintaining our vast natural resources, and expanding domestic energy production. Overall, the legislation provides $30.4 billion for Interior and Environment programs.

Dec 9, 2014 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (December 9, 2014) – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5781, the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014 with a bipartisan vote of 229-182. The bill temporarily reduces government red tape in order to supply the maximum quantity of water to agriculture, municipal industrial and refuge service contractors and State Water Project contractors.
Dec 3, 2014 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (December 3, 2014)– Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5771, the Tax Increase Prevention Act with a bipartisan vote of 378-46. The bill implements a one year extension of tax provisions that would otherwise expire and are essential to businesses, jobs, and families in the west.