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Delivering for Rural America

H.R. 2 --Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 - Farm BILL

●     To provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agricul­ture through fiscal year 2023, and for other purposes. The Farm Bill supports the current and long-term devel­opment of rural broadband.
 
H.J. Res 38 --The Stream Buffer Rule (CRA) (Signed into law) 

●     Repeals a rule that would have saddled mines with unnecessary regulations, putting up to 64% of America's coal reserves off limits and threatening between 40,000 to 70,000 mining jobs.
 
H.J. Res. 36 --The Bureau of Land Management Venting and Flaring Rule (CRA) (Failed in the Senate) 

●     Repeals a rule that would further cap methane emissions in the oil and gas industry at a time when the industry is already dramatically reducing emissions, potentially wiping out family-owned marginal wells and costing an estimated $1 billion.
 
H.J. Res 44 --The Bureau of Land Management Planning 2.0 Rule (CRA) (Signed into law) 

●     Repeals a rule that would reduce local authority over large swaths of land out west, massively expanding the federal government's control more than 175 million acres of land-about 4,000 times the size of Washington, D.C.-in 11 western states.

H.R 4986-RAY BAUM'S Act

●     FCC reauthorization included $600 million for a rural broadband pilot program managed by the U.S. Depart­ment of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Services.

H.R. 8 --Water Resources and Development Act

●     H.R. 8 authorizes Army Corps of Engineers civil works activities and builds on previous reform efforts to ensure improvements are made to the nation's ports, inland waterways, locks, dams, flood protection, ecosys­tem restoration, and other water resources infrastructure.
 
H.R. 23 --Gaining Responsibility on Water Act of 2017

●     Works to make more water available to families, farmers, and entire communities in California and bordering Western states.

H.R. 2874-- 21st Century Flood Reform Act

●     Reauthorizes the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years, introduces private market competi­tion, and provides programmatic reform to help policyholders.
 
NDAA Amendment #122 -- Critical Minerals Development

●     Facilitates streamlined permitting for critical and strategic minerals.
 
Farm Bill Amendment #16 --WOTUS repeal

●     Would repeal the Obama-era definition of 'navigable waters' under the Clean Water Act that unconstitution­ally expanded the EPA's jurisdiction over transient and insignificant waters, and in a way that was also inconsis­tent with the underlying Clean Water Act.
 
Farm Bill Amendment #31 --Streamlining the permitting process for rural broadband

●     Would streamline and expedite the regulatory framework necessary to utilize federal lands for broadband infrastructure deployment and improve broadband coverage in Rural America
 
H.R. 289 -- Guides and Outfitters Act (GO Act) 

●     Eliminates regulations that inhibit outdoor recreation and increases opportunities for all Americans to access and enjoy the nation's federal lands.
 
H.R. 2883 -- Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act

●     Updates permitting requirements for oil and natural gas pipelines and electric transmission facilities that cross international borders.
 
H.R.2936 -- Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017

●     Expedites forest health projects under the National Environmental Policy Act and improves forest manage­ment activities on public lands and and Tribal lands to return resilience to overgrown, fire-prone forested lands.
 
H.R. 2910 -- Promoting lnteragency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Pipelines Act

●     Would specify timeframes and procedures for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other affected agencies to follow in conducting environmental reviews related to natural gas pipelines.
 
H.R. 3043 -- Hydropower Policy Modernization Act

●     Modernizes the regulatory permitting process and encourages the expansion of hydropower generation by improving administrative efficiency, accountability, and transparency; promotes new hydropower infrastructure; requires balanced and timely decision making; and reduces duplicative oversight.
 
H.R. 238 -- Commodity End-User Relief Act

●     Reauthorizes the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to better protect futures customers, to provide end-users with market certainty, to make basic reforms to ensure transparency and accountability at the Com­mission, to help farmers, ranchers, and end-users manage risks, to help keep consumer costs low, and for other purposes.
 
H.R. 1238 -- Securing our Agriculture and Food Act (Signed into law) 

●     Authorizes a program within the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Health Affairs to coordinate efforts to defend U.S. food, agriculture, and veterinary systems against terrorism.
 
H.R. 1654 -- Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act

●     Creates a "one-stop-shop" permitting process through the Bureau of Reclamation to streamline the current multi-agency permitting processes for new or expanded non-federal surface storage facilities.
 
H.R. 1873 --Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act

●     Provides streamlined processes for the removal of hazardous vegetative overgrowth within or adjacent to electricity infrastructure on federal lands.
 
H.R. 3144 -- Dam Protection

●     Provides for the continued operations of the four Lower Snake River Dams in the Pacific Northwest through September 30, 2022 in accordance with the best available science and a biological opinion previously approved by the previous Administration. Under the bill, only an act of Congress or a subsequent final biological opinion could cause a departure from current operations or make structural modifications to the four dams addressed by this legislation.

H.R. 4111-- Spurring Business in Communities Act of 2017

●     The bill would increase the amount of capital flowing to rural and underserved areas of the country by refo­cusing the SBIC program to focus on forming in these areas"