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  • IN THE NEWS: Our View- Bishop, Chaffetz move on up
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on November 20, 2014 | Preview rr

    by Standard-Examiner Editorial Board view online here As expected, longtime Top of Utah representative to the U.S. House, Rob Bishop, was named chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee. It’s a top-level position for Bishop, allowing him to play a major role in congressional decisions involving the Interior Department and the stewardship of public lands. Bishop is inheriting a position that his predecessor, former Rep. Jim Hansen, once held. Another Utah U.S. representative who grabbed a... Read more

  • IN THE NEWS: In our opinion--Utah Public Lands Initiative a long shot worth pursuing — still
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on September 8, 2014 | Preview rr

    Deseret News editorial Officially, it’s called the Utah Public Lands Initiative, but it’s more commonly referred to as “Bishop’s public lands initiative,” in deference to championing Rep. Rob Bishop. The Utah congressman also is chairman of the House Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation. Now in its second year, the initiative continues to carry an oft-heard tag. “Long shot.” Built on the belief that conservation and economic development can co-exist in a locally driven effo... Read more

  • IN THE NEWS: In our opinion: Expanding Goblin Valley State Park deserves serious consideration (Deseret News)
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 28, 2014 | Preview rr

    Deseret News editorial Published: Sat, June 28 Read online here A proposal to expand Utah’s Goblin Valley State Park to include federal lands already heavily used for recreation is a sound and sensible idea that deserves serious consideration. Ideally, it would come to fruition as part of a “grand bargain” process underway to settle land-use disputes in seven Utah counties. The framework for such a bargain is emerging in Congress behind the work of Utah Rep. Rob Bishop, who is cobbling together... Read more

  • Op-Ed: Stopping more cuts to defense
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on January 7, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security & Hill Air Force Base

    Rep. Rob Bishop, Standard-Examiner Congress returns to work this week having finally passed a budget compromise bill just before the holiday break. By definition compromises are not perfect, but this one was better than the alternative of doing nothing, which would have led to more automatic cuts to our military and another government shutdown. In his first term, the president passed his bloated stimulus bill, doubling the national debt with massive new spending on non-military programs. The mi... Read more

  • Op-Ed: Energy independence, today
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 27, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & Environment

    By Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Reps. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) and Rob Bishop (R-Utah) - 06/26/13 02:30 PM ET The United States stands at the threshold of the long elusive goal of energy independence and renewed economic strength. America has vast oil and gas reserves waiting to be unleashed, but access to those resources-and the jobs they will bring-are being stonewalled by the Obama Administration. There are thousands of acres of federally controlled land that can be saf... Read more

  • Op-Ed: Reasonable reforms, not sequestration
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 6, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security & Hill Air Force Base

    Standard-Examiner (view editorial online) Few Americans fully understand sequestration, but in March, the Top of Utah might experience how bad sequestration could be. This idea of mandatory spending cuts, first proposed by President Obama’s chief budget negotiator, was to be so severe that a special bicameral, bipartisan committee would be forced to find an alternative. I voted against forming this committee because the consequence of failure was too dangerous. Since then I have twice supported... Read more

  • My view: Thanks for supporting Utah's veterans
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on November 26, 2012 | Preview rr

    By Terry Schow, Deseret News view online Published: Friday, Nov. 9 2012 12:00 a.m. MST As I read of the funeral and tributes for the service of Command Sergeant Major Basil Plumbley, a three-war infantryman (one of only 324) who was portrayed by Sam Elliott in the movie "We Were Soldiers Once and Young" staring Mel Gibson, my thoughts went out to my fellow Vietnam veterans. I am mindful as well that this is the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. As we approach Veterans Day and Thanksgiving, I... Read more

  • Op-ed: Bolstering border security on federal lands
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 19, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands, Border Security & Immigration

    By Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) view the online version, which appeared in The Hill Most Americans agree that as a sovereign nation we should have a safe and secure border, both in the north with Canada and in the south with Mexico. While we have made strides over the past 10 years to improve security, serious vulnerabilities remain. Federally managed land located throughout the southern U.S. border has become a haven of criminal activity. The areas with the highest presence of traffickers and smug... Read more

  • On the offense over Defense cuts
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 25, 2011 | Preview rr

    POLITICO By: Rep. J. Randy Forbes and Rep. Michael Turner and Rep. Rob Bishop and Rep. Mike Conaway America’s all-volunteer military is the most well-trained, well-equipped fighting force the world has ever seen. But the strength of our armed forces should not be taken for granted. Without sustained investments in our troops and their equipment, the military power our nation now wields in defense of our security—including our economic security—will slowly be hollowed out. The result is likely to... Read more

  • With end of Space Shuttle program, America now must depend on Russian taxis to get to space
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 21, 2011 | Preview rr

    By: Rep. Rob Bishop, Washington Examiner Astronaut Mike Fossum rides the International Space Station's robotic arm during the last space walk of the Space Shuttle program. If you were one of the few lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Atlantis in the night’s sky on its last journey back to earth early this morning you likely considered a thought common amongst millions of Americans- what lies ahead for the future of NASA’s manned space program? The Atlantis landing at the Kennedy Space Center ea... Read more