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Speaker Appoints Westerman to Represent Natural Resources Committee Jurisdiction in House-Senate Energy Conference

WASHINGTON – Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (WI-01) appointed Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) on Thursday (May 26) to serve on a conference committee charged with producing final energy and natural resource legislation.

H.R. 2647, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015, was passed in July 2015, by a bipartisan vote. The Senate passed S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act, in April 2016.

The House Amendment to S. 2012, which passed the House Wednesday (May 26), includes H.R. 2647 and numerous additional House-passed bills within the House Committee on Natural Resources jurisdiction. Click here to view a summary of the committee’s provisions.

“We have a real wildfire problem because our nation’s forests are undermanaged and unhealthy, and that’s why Rep. Westerman’s Resilient Federal Forests Act—which tackles this root cause—is so vital to the energy bill,” Speaker Ryan said. “I thank him for his leadership and willingness to serve as a conferee on this important legislation.”

“We intend to advance a wide range of important energy and natural resource reforms through this conference process,” House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) said.“I look forward to working with our colleagues in the Senate to build agreement on final legislation.”

“I am excited to work with senators and other House members to discuss the science and benefits of healthy forests, access to public lands, and improving our nation’s energy policy and infrastructure,”Westerman said. “This is a tremendous opportunity to advocate for the forests and landowners that make up so much of my district and this nation. I thank the Speaker for this opportunity.”

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