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Congressman Rob Bishop

Representing the 1st District of Utah


March 17, 2010 Article
By Jennie Christensen
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Utah's entire congressional delegation is urging President Barack Obama to reconsider his decision to cancel NASA's Constellation project and Ares rocket.

In a letter to the president on Tuesday, Senators Bob Bennett and Orrin Hatch, along with Congressmen Rob Bishop, Jim Matheson and Jason Chaffetz, requested that President Obama reconsider his decision to transfer funds from the Constellation program to faulty private industry technologies, a move Bishop says would end the U.S. global leadership in space and missile defense.
March 17, 2010 Article
by Tommy Burr
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Utah's congressional delegation on Tuesday presented a united front in fighting the Obama administration's plans to kill a future rocket-propelled space vehicle.

The five Utahns in Congress said in a letter that halting the Constellation program would jettison perhaps thousands of jobs in the Beehive State and cede leadership on technology and innovation to other countries.

March 15, 2010 Article
LONDON (AP) — Two former astronauts have said they are disappointed with the U.S. government's decision to cancel NASA's moon landing program.

Jim Lovell, who led the Apollo 13 mission in 1970, told the BBC the cancellation could be disastrous.

"Personally, I think it will have catastrophic consequences in our ability to explore space and the spin-offs we get from space technology," Lovell said. "They haven't thought through the consequences."

Eugene Cernan, part of the 1972 Apollo 17 mission, said the U.S. has a responsibility to lead the world in space exploration and technology and that he hopes people will be back on the moon "sooner than later."
March 11, 2010 Article
During a bipartisan press conference today, Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01), along with other Members of Congress who oppose the President's recommendations for NASA's Exploration Program, outlined concerns regarding the future of NASA's manned space program.

In a bipartisan letter sent today to Administrator Bolden, Congressman Bishop along with 14 other Representatives requested that Administrator Bolden assemble a team of NASA experts to review how exploration spacecraft and launch vehicle development and testing can be maintained within the proposed budget request to ensure that the U.S. remains a global leader in space exploration.
March 1, 2010 Article
Profile of U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), Member, House Armed Services Committee
By Amy Klamper, Space News
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February 22, 2010 Article
U.S. national parks will open Monday to holders of concealed firearms as a hard-fought law passed last year takes effect, but both sides expect more battles over exactly what the legislation means in practice.

The law - probably the biggest legislative achievement for conservatives in what was otherwise a year dominated by President Obama's agenda - says national parks will be governed by the same rules as the states in which they are located. That means about 370 of the country's 392 National Park Service properties will permit visitors to carry firearms.

February 19, 2010 Article

Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) issued the following statement in response to Utah State Senate President Michael G. Waddoups and Utah House Speaker David Clark's op-ed in the Washington Post:

December 7, 2009 Article
By Thomas Burr, The Salt Lake Tribune

Washington » Shortly after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, a secret government report highlighted a way terrorists might easily enter the United States carting weapons of mass destruction.
It wasn't by air or sea.
The classified analysis pointed to an arid and sparsely populated stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona teeming with drug runners.
"This area has become very active with smuggling and encrypted radio traffic," says the report titled "Threat Assessment for Public Lands" completed by the Interior Department in late 2002. "This would be an ideal area to smuggle a weapon of mass destruction."
November 18, 2009 Article
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano stated in a letter to Congressman Rob Bishop that increased access to remote wilderness areas will be critical to the U.S. Border Patrol's ability to apprehend drug traffickers as they use wilderness areas as corridors to transport drugs and money between the U.S. and Mexico.
November 16, 2009 Article
- In a remarkably candid letter to members of Congress, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said her department could have to delay pursuits of illegal immigrants while waiting for horses to be brought in so agents don't trample protected lands, and warns that illegal immigrants will increasingly make use of remote, protected areas to avoid being caught.

- "I want this resolved so border security has the precedence down there. If wilderness designation gets in the way of a secure southern border, I want the designation changed," said Congressman Rob Bishop.