A liberal advocacy group blames Congress for blocking progress on national conservation efforts in a departure from a longstanding bipartisan tradition. Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar singles out U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, for being behind the lack of progress.
Utah’s 1st District Congressman is hoping he can claim a key committee chairmanship that would give Utah a significant advantage in Congress. That was one of the messages Republican Rob Bishop brought to the Utah legislature today.
The State Board of Education has endorsed the decision by Utah’s state trust lands agency to move ahead with a drilling lease in the Book Cliffs, even though a member of Congress and the governor’s office was asking them to hold off.
Governor Gary Herbert’s office is trying to work out a deal with Utah’s state lands agency on a drilling lease in the Book Cliffs.
Last week, Governor Herbert asked the State Institutional Trust Lands Administration, or SITLA, to hold off on a drilling lease in an area of the Book Cliffs in Grand County. Sportsmen’s groups and environmentalists say the area is pristine wildlife habitat and ought to be preserved.
Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT-1) is hoping that a regional approach to resolving the status of public lands in Utah might work better than the county-by-county approach that's been tried before. Bishop has been meeting with local government leaders and representatives of environmental groups, hoping to work out a plan that he can get through Congress. He chairs the House Subcommittee on Public Lands. The plan, he says, is to designate lands for preservation as wilderness and lands where development and revenue would be the primary goal.
Utah Congressman Rob Bishop is pushing for legislation that would reform the current Medicaid program. The State Health Flexibility Act would introduce a federal block grant program designed to be administered by the states.
The recent Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act determined that states can maintain current levels of Medicaid funding, even if they do not expand the population that is eligible for coverage. Congressman Rob Bishop sees an opportunity.