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A Voice for Rural AmericaNov 19, 2021
Free And Fair Trade: Bolstering Rural America's Economic Success
In this episode of A Voice for Rural America, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) hosts Vice Chair Michelle Fischbach (MN-07) and Vice Chair Adrian Smith (NE-03) to discuss the importance of free and fair trade to supporting economic success in rural America.
The Central Valley: A Case For Investment In America's Water Infrastructure
In this episode of A Voice for Rural America, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) hosts Rep. John Duarte (CA-13) and Executive Vice President of Harris Farms, Inc., William Bourdeau, to discuss the importance of investment in water infrastructure in the Central Valley in California and throughout the country as well as the critical role of the federal government in supporting communities impacted by dilapidated water infrastructure systems.
The Lower Snake River Dams: A Case for Hydropower
In this episode of A Voice for Rural America Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) hosts Rep. Cliff Bentz (OR-02) and CEO & Executive Director of Public Power Council, Scott Simms, to discuss the fight over the Lower Snake River Dams which threatens the future of hydropower in this country as well as the many benefits we seek to gain by continuing to develop this clean, renewable, reliable, and affordable technology.
Predators on the Prowl
In this episode of A Voice for Rural America, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) hosts Washington State Rep. Joel Kretz and Executive Vice President of the Washington Cattlemen's Association, Chelsea Hajny, to discuss the Endangered Species Act—now in its 50th year as law—and how its being weaponized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to endanger rural communities in North Central Washington by reintroducing grizzly bears into the North Cascades.
Stop Locking Up Our Lands, President Biden!
In this episode of A Voice for Rural America, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) hosts Rep. Tom Tiffany (WI-07) and Executive Director of Public Lands Council, Kaitlynn Glover, to discuss the multiple use mandate, public lands access, and some of the recent actions taken by the Biden Administration to restrict that access including the recent proposed rule by the Bureau of Land Management, and what these decisions mean for the future of rural America.
Mountain Valley Pipeline: A Case for Permitting Reform
In this episode of A Voice for Rural America, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) hosts Rep. Carol Miller (WV-01) and Chairman and CEO of Equitrans Midstream, Thomas Karam, to discuss how radical environmental groups are using our burdensome and unnavigable permitting rules to stop important energy projects from completion and putting our nation's energy security at risk and how proposed legislation could be the answer to our country's energy problems.
America Last: the Biden Administration's Approach to Critical Mineral Mining
In this episode of A Voice for Rural America, Rep. Pete Stauber (MN-08) and Former United States Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt join Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) to discuss the Biden Administration's recent ban on mining in Northern Minnesota and the importance of domestic critical mineral production for a clean, and secure, energy future.
A Very Cranberry Thanksgiving
In this special Thanksgiving episode of A Voice for Rural America, Rep. Tom Tiffany (WI-07) and Wisconsin cranberry grower Amber Bristow joined Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) to discuss the challenges and opportunities within the cranberry industry, the role cranberries play in Wisconsin's economy, and their favorite cranberry recipes for the holiday season!
"I believe in the future of agriculture..."
In this episode of A Voice for Rural America, Rep. Tracey Mann (KS-01), National FFA CEO Scott Stump, and National FFA President Cole Baerlocher join Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) ahead of the National FFA Convention to discuss the role FFA plays in rural communities and the importance of agriculture education for students across the United States.
Georgia's Blueberry Disaster & Farm Bill Relief Programs
In this episode of A Voice for Rural America, Rep. Buddy Carter (GA-01) and Georgia State Senator Russ Goodman joined Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) to discuss how Congress can work to improve federal disaster relief included in the Farm Bill and how these relief funds can impact farmers throughout the United States. They outlined how relief programs can help secure America's food supply chain by helping producers recover from natural disasters, like a recent freeze that devastated Georgia's blueberry crop.
National Clean Energy Week & Utah's "Any-of-the-Above" Energy Portfolio
In this episode of A Voice for Rural America, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) President Heather Reams joined Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) to celebrate National Clean Energy Week and the clean energy technologies being deployed throughout rural America. Vice Chair Chris Stewart (UT-02) and Greg Todd, Energy Advisor for Utah Governor Spencer Cox, also joined to discuss Utah's "any-of-the-above" energy portfolio and the advancements being made in geothermal energy technologies in the Beehive State.
Collaborating to Prevent Catastrophic Wildfires
In this episode of A Voice for Rural America, Vice Chair John Curtis (UT-03) and Utah State University Janet Quinney Lawson Institute for Land, Water, and Air Executive Director Brian Steed join Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) to discuss the collaboration and land management efforts needed to combat catastrophic wildfires across the West. In addition to massive swaths of federal lands, land managers in Utah and in rural communities throughout the West face several challenges – from oppressive federal regulations to historic drought conditions.
Promoting Species Recovery Through Transparency, Flexibility, and Scientific Credibility
In this episode of A Voice for Rural America, we are celebrating our second annual Species Week! Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) President and CEO Brian Yablonski discussed the reforms Congress should make to improve the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Rep. Mike Simpson (ID-02) and Idaho Governor Brad Little also joined to discuss the ongoing efforts to protect and restore habitats for the greater sage-grouse in the Gem State.
Grid Reliability in the Pacific Northwest
In this episode of A Voice for Rural America, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Energy Northwest CEO Bob Schuetz, and Schweitzer Engineering Labs President & Founder Dr. Ed Schweitzer joined Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) to discuss the diverse, all-of-the-above energy strategy in the Pacific Northwest and the region's world-class grid resilience research. They emphasized the role baseload energy resources like hydro and nuclear power play in maintaining a stable, reliable energy grid for Washington's communities.
Showcasing Ohio's Energy Producers
In this episode of A Voice for Rural America, Rep. Bill Johnson (OH-06) and American Exploration and Production Council (AXPC) Vice President for Government Affairs Troy Lyons joined Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) to showcase energy producers in Ohio, highlight the recent Congressional Western Caucus Ohio Energy Field Tour, and discuss how Members of Congress can continue to support American energy production and dominance.
In May, Chairman Newhouse and Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-02) joined Rep. Johnson for a field tour of eastern Ohio where they visited an active oil rig and well pad, toured a mine safety training center, and heard firsthand from the region's coal, oil, and gas producers. Click here to learn more.
Farmers, Fertilizers, and the 2023 Farm Bill
In this episode of A Voice for Rural America, Rep. Frank Lucas (OK-03) joined Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) to discuss the challenges facing farmers and ranchers in Oklahoma and across the United States, solutions to protect producers from skyrocketing input costs and government overreach, and priorities for the 2023 Farm Bill.
As two of only a handful of farmers in Congress, Chairman Newhouse and Rep. Lucas have a unique perspective on how federal policies will impact agricultural communities across the country. Rep. Lucas previously served as Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee and recently led a letter to President Biden urging action on rising fertilizer prices.
Combatting Russia's Uranium Monopoly
On this episode of a Voice for Rural America, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined by Vice Chair Liz Cheney (WY-AL) and enCore Energy Corp. CEO Paul Goranson to discuss the importance of a domestic uranium supply and the need to bolster American production for both fuel and non-fuel uses.
With Russia being the only commercial supplier of high-assay low-enriched uranium and increased scrutiny over Russia's involvement in the global nuclear fuel cycle, Western Caucus Members have strongly advocated for increased domestic development of uranium. In April, Chairman Newhouse and Vice Chair Cheney led a letter to U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm expressing concerns about her delay in implementing a national uranium reserve. Click here to read more.
Examining State & Federal Collaboration to End the MMIW Crisis
In this episode of a Voice for Rural America, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined by Rep. Markwayne Mullin (OK-02), Washington State Rep. Gina Mosbrucker, Chief Marshal of the Quapaw National Charles Addington, and Former Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney to discuss the actions being pursued by federal, state, local, and tribal governments to address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women.
Forestry Permitting & The Disastrous Cottonwood Decision
In this episode of A Voice for Rural America, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined by Rep. Matt Rosendale (MT-AL), Montana Director of Natural Resources and Conservation Amanda Kaster, and Federal Forest Resource Coalition Executive Director Bill Imbergamo to discuss desperately-needed forestry permitting reforms and the land management and conservation example being set by the State of Montana.
President Biden, Water You Doing?
In this episode of A Voice for Rural America, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined by Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13), Illinois Farm Bureau President Rich Guebert, and Charles Yates of the Pacific Legal Foundation to discuss the latest updates on the Biden Administration's "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) rule and its impacts on rural America.
Celebrating 50 Years of Putting Hunters First
In this episode of A Voice for Rural America, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined by Vice Chair Bruce Westerman (AR-04) and Safari Club International (SCI) President Sven Lindquist to discuss the importance of defending hunting rights and increasing access for sportsmen throughout the United States.
Chairman Newhouse and Vice Chair Westerman recently attended SCI's Annual Convention in Las Vegas, NV, where they celebrated their 50th Anniversary. SCI advocates for rights of sportsmen and women, increased hunter safety and education, and wildlife conservation across the globe. Vice Chair Westerman was presented with SCI's Legislator of the Year Award.
Western Water Challenges: Collaboration & Leadership from Washington State
Welcome back to Season 2 of A Voice for Rural America! In this episode, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined by U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Touton, Kennewick Irrigation District Manager Chuck Freeman, and Greater Wenatchee Irrigation District Manager Craig Gyselinck to discuss the challenges and opportunities stemming from federal water infrastructure in Washington state and across the West.
The Bureau of Reclamation oversees the majority of water infrastructure throughout the arid West, and much of it is in desperate need of repairs or maintenance. The group discusses the different tools available to local irrigation districts, such as title transfers, and how they are working together to meet the needs of water users throughout the region.
Let's Talk Turkeys
In this special Thanksgiving edition of A Voice for Rural America, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined by Rep. Michelle Fischbach (MN-07), Minnesota State Rep. John Burkel, and National Turkey Federation President Joel Brandenberger to discuss the challenges facing the U.S. turkey industry. From supply chain issues to labor shortages and burdensome taxes, the guests share how Congress can work to support turkey farmers in Minnesota and throughout the United States. They also discuss their favorite Thanksgiving traditions!
The Keystone State's Contributions to American Energy Dominance
Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined by Rep. Fred Keller (PA-12) and Coterra Energy's Director of External Affairs George Stark to discuss the recent Congressional Western Caucus natural gas field tour in Pennsylvania, local partnerships fostered by the industry, and the contributions of natural gas producers to Pennsylvania's rural communities.
Protecting Rural America from a Weaponized Endangered Species Act
In this two-part episode of A Voice for Rural America, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined by four special guests to discuss how the Western Caucus is working to protect rural America from a weaponized Endangered Species Act. First, Jordan Smith and Tyson Kade from the National Endangered Species Act Reform Coalition speak with Chairman Newhouse about the proposed changes the Biden Administration is making to the landmark protection law. Then, Rep. August Pfluger (TX-11) and Permian Basin Petroleum Association Vice President Stephen Robertson join to discuss how ESA listings impact rural communities, economies, agriculture, and energy development.
North Dakotan Agriculture: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead
In this episode of A Voice for Rural America, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined by Rep. Kelly Armstrong (ND-AL) and North Dakota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing North Dakota's farmers and ranchers.
75 Years of Local Conservation
Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined by Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-01) and National Association of Conservation Districts President Michael Crowder to discuss the importance of locally-led, voluntary conservation as well as producer-led efforts happening in Arkansas and across the country.
Western Conservation Principles
Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined by Senate Western Caucus Chairman Steve Daines (MT) and the Property and Environment Research Center's Policy Director Hannah Downey to discuss the science-based, effective conservation practices used by rural communities throughout the West and beyond. They highlight the importance of multiple-use, locally-led land and water management, and conservation partnerships with entities like counties, tribes, landowners, and private companies.
Nuclear's Role in a Clean Energy Future
Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC-03) and U.S. Nuclear Industry Council President & CEO Bud Albright to discuss the critical role of nuclear power in America's clean energy future and how we can work to support and expand innovative nuclear technologies across the United States.
Iowa Agriculture is Committed to Clean Water
Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined by Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-02) and Secretary Mike Naig from the Iowa Department of Agriculture to discuss the importance of clean water for Iowa's agriculture industry and how essential it is we maintain the Navigable Waters Protection Rule.
Showcasing Rural America
Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined by Rep. Jodey Arrington (TX-19) and Tom Sell, a member of the Southwest Council of Agribusiness, to discuss the recent West Texas Rural Summit, which showcases many of rural America's priorities, and the challenges facing America's agriculture industry.
Creating Resilient Federal Forests
Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined by Western Caucus Vice Chair and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Natural Resources Bruce Westerman (AR-04) and Montana Governor Greg Gianforte to discuss critical forest management, wildfire prevention, and desperately-needed reforms.
Injunction on the Biden Ban: A Victory for American Energy
Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined by Republican Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01), Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, and Western Energy Alliance President Kathleen Sgamma to discuss the recent temporary injunction placed on President Biden's ban on federal oil and gas leases and the injunction's impacts on rural America.
Impacts of a Weaponized Endangered Species Act: The Case of the Gray Wolf
Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) hosts Rep. Tom Tiffany (WI-07) and Todd Myers, Director of the Center for the Environment at the Washington Policy Center, to discuss the successful delisting of the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act.
Learn more about the guests:
Rep. Tom Tiffany (WI-07): https://tiffany.house.gov/
Todd Myers: https://www.washingtonpolicy.org/authors/detail/todd-myers