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Background
United States CongressUnited States SenateUnited States House of RepresentativesUnited States Constitution113th United States Congress112th United States Congress
The United States House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources is a standing committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The committee was created on December 17, 1805. The inaugural committee was chaired by Andrew Gregg.[1]

Leadership

113th congress

Doc Hastings (R) retained his role as committee chair in the 113th Congress.[2]

112th congress

The committee chair in the 112th Congress was Doc Hastings (R).

Membership

2013-2014 (113th Congress)

Committee on Natural Resources Members, 2013-2014
Democratic members (21)Republican members (26)
Peter DeFazio (Oregon) Ranking memberDoc Hastings (Washington) Chair
Eni F.H. Faleomavaega (American Samoa) Don Young (Alaska)
Frank Pallone (New Jersey) Louie Gohmert (Texas)
Grace Napolitano (California) Rob Bishop (Utah)
Rush D. Holt, Jr. (New Jersey) Doug Lamborn (Colorado)
Raúl M. Grijalva (Arizona) Rob Wittman (Virginia)
Madeleine Z. Bordallo (Guam) Paul C. Broun (Georgia)
Jim Costa (California) John Fleming (Louisiana)
Gregorio Sablan (Northern Mariana Islands) Tom McClintock (California)
Niki Tsongas (Massachusetts) Glenn 'GT' Thompson (Pennsylvania)
Pedro Pierluisi (Puerto Rico) Cynthia Lummis (Wyoming)
Colleen Hanabusa (Hawaii) Dan Benishek (Michigan)
Tony Cardenas (California) Jeff Duncan (South Carolina)
Steven Horsford (Nevada) Scott Tipton (Colorado)
Jared Huffman (California) Paul Gosar (Arizona)
Raul Ruiz (California) Raúl Labrador (Idaho)
Carol Shea-Porter (New Hampshire) Steve Southerland (Florida)
Alan Lowenthal (California) Bill Flores (Texas)
Joe Garcia (Florida) Jon Runyan (New Jersey)
Matt Cartwright (Pennsylvania) Markwayne Mullin (Oklahoma)
Katherine Clark (Massachusetts) Steve Daines (Montana)
Kevin Cramer (North Dakota)
Doug LaMalfa (California)
Jason Smith (Missouri)
Vance McAllister (Louisiana)
Bradley Byrne (Alabama)

2011-2012 (112th Congress)

Subcommittees

Energy and Mineral Resources

Jurisdiction: All measures and matters concerning the U.S. Geological Survey, except for the activities and programs of the Water Resources Division or its successor, all measures and matters affecting geothermal resources, conservation of United States uranium supply, mining interests generally, including all matters involving mining regulation and enforcement, including the reclamation of mined lands, the environmental effects of mining, and the management of mineral receipts, mineral land laws and claims, long-range mineral programs and deep seabed mining, mining schools, experimental stations and long-range mineral programs, mineral resources on public lands, conservation and development of oil and gas resources of the Outer Continental Shelf, petroleum conservation on the public lands and conservation of the radium supply in the United States, measures and matters concerning the transportation of natural gas from or within Alaska and disposition of oil transported by the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, rights of way over public lands for underground energy-related transportation, cooperative efforts to encourage, enhance and improve international programs for the protection of the environment and the conservation of natural resources otherwise within the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee, general and continuing oversight and investigative authority over activities, policies and programs within the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee.[3]

Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs

Jurisdiction: All matters regarding insular areas of the United States, all measures or matters regarding the Freely Associated States and Antarctica, fisheries management and fisheries research generally, including the management of all commercial and recreational fisheries (except for the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act), interjurisdictional fisheries, international fisheries agreements, aquaculture, seafood safety and fisheries promotion, wildlife resources, including research, restoration, refuges and conservation, all matters pertaining to the protection of coastal and marine environments, including estuarine protection, coastal barriers, oceanography, ocean engineering, including materials, technology and systems, coastal zone management, marine sanctuaries, U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, Sea Grant programs and marine extension services, cooperative efforts to encourage, enhance and improve international programs for the protection of the environment and the conservation of natural resources otherwise within the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee, general and continuing oversight and investigative authority over activities, policies and programs within the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee.[3]

Indian and Alaska Native Affairs

Jurisdiction: Measures relating to the welfare of Native Americans, including management of Indian lands in general and special measures relating to claims which are paid out of Indian funds, all matters regarding the relations of the United States with Native Americans and Native American tribes, including special oversight functions under Rule X of the Rules of the House of Representatives, all matters regarding Native Alaskans, all matters related to the Federal trust responsibility to Native Americans and the sovereignty of Native Americans.[3]

Public Lands and Environmental Regulation

Jurisdiction: Measures and matters related to the National Park System and its units, including Federal reserved water rights, the National Wilderness Preservation System, Wild and Scenic Rivers System, National Trails System, national heritage areas and other national units established for protection, conservation, preservation or recreational development, other than coastal barriers, military parks and battlefields, national cemeteries administered by the Secretary of the Interior, parks in and within the vicinity of the District of Columbia and the erection of monuments to the memory of individuals, Federal and non-Federal outdoor recreation plans, programs and administration including the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 and the Outdoor Recreation Act of 1963, preservation of prehistoric ruins and objects of interest on the public domain and other historic preservation programs and activities, including national monuments, historic sites and programs for international cooperation in the field of historic preservation, matters concerning the following agencies and programs: Urban Parks and Recreation Recovery Program, Historic American Buildings Survey, Historic American Engineering Record, and U.S. Holocaust Memorial, public lands generally, including measures or matters relating to entry, easements, withdrawals, grazing and Federal reserved water rights, forfeiture of land grants and alien ownership, including alien ownership of mineral lands, cooperative efforts to encourage, enhance and improve international programs for the protection of the environment and the conservation of natural resources otherwise within the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee, forest reservations, including management thereof, created from the public domain, public forest lands generally, including measures or matters related to entry, easements, withdrawals, grazing and Federal reserved water rights, general and continuing oversight and investigative authority over activities, policies and programs within the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee.[3]

Water and Power

Jurisdiction: Generation and marketing of electric power from Federal water projects by Federally chartered or Federal regional power marketing authorities, all measures and matters concerning water resources planning conducted pursuant to the Water Resources Planning Act, water resource research and development programs and saline water research and development, compacts relating to the use and apportionment of interstate waters, water rights and major inter basin water or power movement programs, all measures and matters pertaining to irrigation and reclamation projects and other water resources development and recycling programs, including policies and procedures, Indian water rights and settlements, cooperative efforts to encourage, enhance and improve international programs for the protection of the environment and the conservation of natural resources otherwise within the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee, general and continuing oversight and investigative authority over activities, policies and programs within the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee.[3]

Jurisdiction

According to the official House website, the jurisdiction of the Natural Resources Committee includes the following:

  1. Fisheries and wildlife, including research, restoration, refuges, and conservation.
  2. Forest reserves and national parks created from the public domain.
  3. Forfeiture of land grants and alien ownership, including alien ownership of mineral lands.
  4. Geological Survey.
  5. International fishing agreements.
  6. Interstate compacts relating to apportionment of waters for irrigation purposes.
  7. Irrigation and reclamation, including water supply for reclamation projects and easements of public lands for irrigation projects; and acquisition of private lands when necessary to complete irrigation projects.
  8. Native Americans generally, including the care and allotment of Native American lands and general and special measures relating to claims that are paid out of Native American funds.
  9. Insular possessions of the United States generally (except those affecting the revenue and appropriations).
  10. Military parks and battlefields, national cemeteries administered by the Secretary of the Interior, parks within the District of Columbia, and the erection of monuments to the memory of individuals.
  11. Mineral land laws and claims and entries thereunder.
  12. Mineral resources of public lands.
  13. Mining interests generally.
  14. Mining schools and experimental stations.
  15. Marine affairs, including coastal zone management (except for measures relating to oil and other pollution of navigable waters).
  16. Oceanography.
  17. Petroleum conservation on public lands and conservation of the radium supply in the United States.
  18. Preservation of prehistoric ruins and objects of interest on the public domain.
  19. Public lands generally, including entry, easements, and grazing thereon.
  20. Relations of the United States with Native Americans and Native American tribes.
  21. Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline (except ratemaking).

Contact

Committee on Natural Resources
United States House of Representatives
1324 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-2761
Fax: (202) 225-5929
Press inquiries: (202) 226-9019

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