Land Conservation Caucus Reestablished (v. 3)

Our nation’s public lands play a vital role in defining our heritage, civic identity, and local economies. The conservation and safekeeping of these public lands are a top priority of ours, and if you agree, we urge you to join the Congressional Land Conservation Caucus. The purpose of the caucus is to serve as an informal group dedicated to issues related to land conservation, the preservation of open space, and the education as to its importance.

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Reception for the Northeast-Midwest Region

By now you should have received the invitation below. This reception for the Northeast Midwest will be a wonderful opportunity for you and your staff to celebrate the region and learn more about the Northeast Midwest Institute and the Northeast Midwest Congressional Coalition.

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Member Submissions for FY 2017 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations

As Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, I want to make you aware of the subcommittee’s procedures for receiving Members’ programmatic and language submissions for consideration in the fiscal year 2017 Appropriations bill. Members must transmit submissions to the subcommittee via electronic form, and in addition must upload a letter to the appropriations submissions system confirming those entries.

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Support Renewable Energy and Green Jobs: Cosponsor H.Res 540

The planet continues to heat up. Recently, NOAA and NASA jointly announced that last year, 2015, was hottest since reliable record keeping began by an unprecedented amount of 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average. If we act fast, we can prevent future years from breaking record high temperatures.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Protect Our Parks and Refuges!

The pictures above are the result of decades of poor oversight of oil and gas operations in national parks and wildlife refuges. Under current National Park Service regulations, most operations in national parks are needlessly exempt from oversight, while outdated 50-year-old Fish and Wildlife Service regulations have led to refuges that are “littered with orphaned or abandoned oil and gas infrastructure,” in the words of the Department of the Interior’s Office of Inspector General. Even worse, insufficient or nonexistent bonding requirements mean that the American taxpayer is on the hook for cleaning up industry’s trash on some of our most treasured lands.

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