"Unfortunately, restrictive policies created and enforced by the Interior Department and federal land managers are preventing the U.S. Border Patrol from providing the maximum amount of security on some of our most vulnerable border areas," said Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah, the top Republican on the House's national parks, forests and public lands subcommittee. "Until these policies are reversed, the safety and security of this country remain in jeopardy."
While Washington wrings its hands over immigration, Arizona border residents say political dithering is making things worse.
"Every time our president talks to the Mexican president, or every time the word amnesty comes over the Mexican news, there is a flood of people," said one resident who wanted to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation.
Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus and Ranking Member of the House Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, recently introduced legislation (H.R. 5016) that would begin to immediately address the constant wave of drug trafficking and human smuggling occurring along the U.S.
Judy Fahys And Robert Gehrke
The Salt Lake Tribune
Juan Palma has been picked as the new director of the Bureau of Land Management's Utah office.
Palma, currently the director of the Eastern States Office in Virginia, which covers all of the BLM land in the eastern United States, will replace Selma Sierra, who has led the Utah office for four years. Sierra will take Palma's job in Virgina.
"I am very pleased that Juan and Selma have agreed to serve in these key positions," said BLM Director Bob Abbey. "Both bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge about the BLM's programs."
By Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post
"We have an agreement until 2012 that Russia will be responsible for this," says Anatoly Perminov, head of the Russian space agency, about ferrying astronauts from other countries into low-Earth orbit. "But after that? Excuse me, but the prices should be absolutely different then!"
Friday, February 12, 2010
By Lee Davidson- Deseret News
WASHINGTON — It may be a little unusual for Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, to urge the world to watch an online video of President Barack Obama.
But Bishop says it shows Obama is now breaking old campaign promises to beef up NASA and its Constellation program. Instead, Obama is trying to cancel Constellation, which Bishop says will cut 20,000 jobs nationally, and 2,000 in Utah. Bishop says it could shutter ATK's Promontory operations for rocket manufacturing and testing.
By Lee Davidson, Deseret News
May 11, 2010
Rep. Rob Bishop decided to do something dramatic as he and nine fellow House Republicans, including Rep. Jason Chaffetz, announced a new 10th Amendment Task Force on Thursday aiming to decentralize power from Washington back to the states.
Bishop unveiled a bill that, as an experiment, would give Utah total control over education, transportation and Medicaid using the state's portion of federal revenues for such programs.
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is scrambling to come up with a new budget proposal to placate congressional critics as senior members of the House Appropriations Committee say that White House's plan for the agency won't fly on Capitol Hill.