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) (Signed into law)
● 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 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 or 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 Interagency 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 -- the 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.