"The following release from the Center for Biological Diversity perfectly illustrates the challenges we face with regards to securing the entire border region. Unless the U.S. Border Patrol is able to access the entire border region, especially public lands currently overrun with drug and human smuggling activity, our national security will remain in jeopardy. This release also emphasizes the importance of H.R. 1505, legislation that grants the Border Patrol greater access to all areas along the border, including public lands," said Congressman Rob Bishop
By Pete Kasperowicz, The Hill
The House early Monday afternoon approved a rule for a bill funding the Department of Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other agencies, over bitter opposition from Democrats who argued that the bill would turn back decades of work to protect the environment.
The rule for the bill, H.R. 2584, was passed in a partly-line vote of 205-131.
By Ruth MalanKAYSVILLE — On Sunday evening, U.S. Representative Rob Bishop was back at his high school alma mater as the featured speaker for the annual Independence Day Devotional at Davis High.
Bishop explained that times had to be right and that either coincidences happened or there was a higher power paving the way for the coming forth of the Declaration of Independence.
A Wednesday meeting between Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, and the Bureau of Land Management ensured that all Utah land held by the federal government is safe from any unilateral decisions by President Obama to impose protective designations such as "national monument" or "wilderness area."
That agreement came in a conversation Wednesday between Bishop, the chairman of the public lands subcommittee, Bureau of Land Management Director Robert Abbey and David Hayes, deputy secretary of Interior, which Bishop described as "fairly positive."
"They clearly told us in their minds that the issue of wild lands is dead," he said. "I take them at their word that they are going to work with us on any wilderness designation."
Deseret News editorial
Our guess is if more average Americans understood the realities of patrolling the border between Arizona and Mexico, they would find it as absurd as the $2.9 million a jury awarded a woman in the 1990s because she spilled hot coffee from McDonald's on herself. The coffee case led to debates over reforms to the legal system. What is happening at the border ought to lead to real action, beginning with Congress passing a resolution sponsored by Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah.
"The situation we find ourselves in today is detrimental to everyone who goes to the pump to fill their cars," said Rep. Rob Bishop (R.-Utah). "The cost of gas increases, and continues to increase because of the inaction of this administration."
By Thomas Burr, The Salt Lake Tribune
So said Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, in commenting on the budget released by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan: "The Path to Prosperity: Restoring America's Promise."
"The Republican budget takes the necessary steps to cut spending by $6 trillion and create more than two million jobs over the next 10 years," Bishop said in information released to the media.
Phil Taylor, E&E reporter
Companion bills to be introduced later today in the Senate and House would grant approval to oil and gas leases, a coal mine, a pipeline for Canadian oil sands and an Arctic offshore drilling proposal that were either halted or delayed in recent years by the Obama administration.
The proposal to be released at noon by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) would also require new leasing, adopt a George W. Bush administration plan for offshore oil and gas and allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.