Wester­man holds first hear­ing as chief

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

U.S. Rep. Bruce Wester­man, the new chair­man of the House Com­mit­tee on Nat­u­ral Re­sources Sub­com­mit­tee on Over­sight and In­ves­ti­ga­tions, held his first hear­ing since re­ceiv­ing the post.

The topic: Ex­am­in­ing Im­pacts of Fed­eral Nat­u­ral Re­sources Laws Gone Astray.

Tues­day’s sub­com­mit­tee meet­ing fo­cused on the Ma­rine Mam­mal Pro­tec­tion Act and the Na­tional His­toric Preser­va­tion Act.

In his open­ing state­ment, the Repub­li­can from Hot Springs said those and other fed­eral laws have been “stretched be­yond Congress’ orig­i­nal in­tent.” As a re­sult, the fed­eral agen­cies re­spon­si­ble for im­ple­ment­ing them “en­joy far more power and ex­er­cise more dis­cre­tion in im­ple­ment­ing these laws than Congress ever in­tended.”

This was the sec­ond such hear­ing that the sub­com­mit­tee has held. Pre­vi­ously, it ex­am­ined the Fed­eral Land Pol­icy and Man­age­ment Act, the In­dian Re­or­ga­ni­za­tion Act and the Wilder­ness Act.

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