United States House Committee on Natural Resources


United States House Committee on Natural Resources

The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, or Natural Resources Committee (often referred to as simply "Resources", as in "He's on Resources") is a Congressional committee of the United States House of Representatives. Originally called the "Committee on Interior & Insular Affairs," the name was changed to the Natural Resources Committee in 1993. The name was shortened to the Resources Committee in 1995 by the new Chairman, Don Young (at the same time, the committee took over the duties of the now-defunct Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee). Following the Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives in 2006, the name of the committee was changed back to its title used between 1993 and 1995.[1]

Contents

Jurisdiction

  1. Fisheries and wildlife, including research, restoration, refuges, and conservation.
  2. Forfeiture of land grants and alien ownership, including alien ownership of mineral lands.
  3. United States Geological Survey.
  4. International fishing agreements.
  5. Interstate compacts relating to apportionment of waters for irrigation purposes.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Insular possessions of the United States generally (except those affecting the revenue and appropriations).
  9. 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.
  10. Mineral land laws and claims and entries thereunder.
  11. Mineral resources of public lands, including the Outer Continental Shelf.
  12. Mining interests generally.
  13. Mining schools and experimental stations.
  14. Marine affairs, including coastal zone management (except for measures relating to oil and other pollution of navigable waters).
  15. Oceanography.
  16. Petroleum conservation on public lands and conservation of the radium supply in the United States.
  17. Preservation of prehistoric ruins and objects of interest on the public domain.
  18. Public lands generally, including entry, easements, and grazing thereon.
  19. Relations of the United States with Native Americans and Native American tribes.
  20. Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline (except ratemaking).

Source: Rules of the House of Representatives One Hundred Ninth Congress

Members, 112th Congress

The committee chairman is Doc Hastings of Washington, and the Ranking Member is Ed Markey of Massachusetts.

Majority Minority

Source:

Subcommittees

In the 111th Congress, the number of subcommittees was reduced from 5 to 4. The Subcommittees on Insular Affairs and Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans were merged into the Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife.

In the 112th Congress, the number was again increased to 5, adding the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs.

Subcommittee Chair Ranking Member
Energy and Mineral Resources Doug Lamborn (R-CO) Rush D. Holt (D-NJ)
Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs John Fleming (R-LA) Gregorio Sablan (D-NMI)
Indian and Alaska Native Affairs Don Young (R-AK) Dan Boren (D-OK)
National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Rob Bishop (R-UT) Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ)
Water and Power Tom McClintock (R-CA) Grace Napolitano (D-CA)

Chairpersons

Chairperson Term
George Miller (D-CA) 1991–1995
Don Young (R-AK) 1995–2001
James V. Hansen (R-UT) 2001–2003
Richard Pombo (R-CA) 2003–2007
Nick J. Rahall (D-WV) 2007–2011
Doc Hastings (R-WA) 2011–present

References

History

Historical information of the Committee on Resources and its predecessor committees 1807-2002 54MB

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