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A Voice for Rural America

A Voice for Rural America

By Congressional Western Caucus
Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Rep. Dan Newhouse (WA-04) chats with fellow Western Caucus members, industry leaders, and advocates on issues important to rural America.

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Showcasing Ohio's Energy Producers
In this episode of A Voice for Rural America, Rep. Bill Johnson (OH-06) and American Exploration and Production Council (AXPC) Vice President for Government Affairs Troy Lyons joined Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) to showcase energy producers in Ohio, highlight the recent Congressional Western Caucus Ohio Energy Field Tour, and discuss how Members of Congress can continue to support American energy production and dominance. In May, Chairman Newhouse and Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-02) joined Rep. Johnson for a field tour of eastern Ohio where they visited an active oil rig and well pad, toured a mine safety training center, and heard firsthand from the region's coal, oil, and gas producers. Click here to learn more.
June 21, 2022
Farmers, Fertilizers, and the 2023 Farm Bill
In this episode of A Voice for Rural America, Rep. Frank Lucas (OK-03) joined Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) to discuss the challenges facing farmers and ranchers in Oklahoma and across the United States, solutions to protect producers from skyrocketing input costs and government overreach, and priorities for the 2023 Farm Bill. As two of only a handful of farmers in Congress, Chairman Newhouse and Rep. Lucas have a unique perspective on how federal policies will impact agricultural communities across the country. Rep. Lucas previously served as Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee and recently led a letter to President Biden urging action on rising fertilizer prices.
May 26, 2022
Combatting Russia's Uranium Monopoly
On this episode of a Voice for Rural America, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined by Vice Chair Liz Cheney (WY-AL) and enCore Energy Corp. CEO Paul Goranson to discuss the importance of a domestic uranium supply and the need to bolster American production for both fuel and non-fuel uses. With Russia being the only commercial supplier of high-assay low-enriched uranium and increased scrutiny over Russia's involvement in the global nuclear fuel cycle, Western Caucus Members have strongly advocated for increased domestic development of uranium. In April, Chairman Newhouse and Vice Chair Cheney led a letter to U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm expressing concerns about her delay in implementing a national uranium reserve. Click here to read more.
May 12, 2022
Examining State & Federal Collaboration to End the MMIW Crisis
In this episode of a Voice for Rural America, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined by Rep. Markwayne Mullin (OK-02), Washington State Rep. Gina Mosbrucker, Chief Marshal of the Quapaw National Charles Addington, and Former Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney to discuss the actions being pursued by federal, state, local, and tribal governments to address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women.
May 03, 2022
Forestry Permitting & The Disastrous Cottonwood Decision
In this episode of A Voice for Rural America, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined by Rep. Matt Rosendale (MT-AL), Montana Director of Natural Resources and Conservation Amanda Kaster, and Federal Forest Resource Coalition Executive Director Bill Imbergamo to discuss desperately-needed forestry permitting reforms and the land management and conservation example being set by the State of Montana.
March 18, 2022
President Biden, Water You Doing?
In this episode of A Voice for Rural America, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined by Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13), Illinois Farm Bureau President Rich Guebert, and Charles Yates of the Pacific Legal Foundation to discuss the latest updates on the Biden Administration's "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) rule and its impacts on rural America.
March 07, 2022
Celebrating 50 Years of Putting Hunters First
In this episode of A Voice for Rural America, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined by Vice Chair Bruce Westerman (AR-04) and Safari Club International (SCI) President Sven Lindquist to discuss the importance of defending hunting rights and increasing access for sportsmen throughout the United States. Chairman Newhouse and Vice Chair Westerman recently attended SCI's Annual Convention in Las Vegas, NV, where they celebrated their 50th Anniversary. SCI advocates for rights of sportsmen and women, increased hunter safety and education, and wildlife conservation across the globe. Vice Chair Westerman was presented with SCI's Legislator of the Year Award.
February 03, 2022
Western Water Challenges: Collaboration & Leadership from Washington State
Welcome back to Season 2 of A Voice for Rural America! In this episode, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined by U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Touton, Kennewick Irrigation District Manager Chuck Freeman, and Greater Wenatchee Irrigation District Manager Craig Gyselinck to discuss the challenges and opportunities stemming from federal water infrastructure in Washington state and across the West. The Bureau of Reclamation oversees the majority of water infrastructure throughout the arid West, and much of it is in desperate need of repairs or maintenance. The group discusses the different tools available to local irrigation districts, such as title transfers, and how they are working together to meet the needs of water users throughout the region.
January 12, 2022
Let's Talk Turkeys
In this special Thanksgiving edition of A Voice for Rural America, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined by Rep. Michelle Fischbach (MN-07), Minnesota State Rep. John Burkel, and National Turkey Federation President Joel Brandenberger to discuss the challenges facing the U.S. turkey industry. From supply chain issues to labor shortages and burdensome taxes, the guests share how Congress can work to support turkey farmers in Minnesota and throughout the United States. They also discuss their favorite Thanksgiving traditions!
November 19, 2021
The Keystone State's Contributions to American Energy Dominance
Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined by Rep. Fred Keller (PA-12) and Coterra Energy's Director of External Affairs George Stark to discuss the recent Congressional Western Caucus natural gas field tour in Pennsylvania, local partnerships fostered by the industry, and the contributions of natural gas producers to Pennsylvania's rural communities.
November 10, 2021
Protecting Rural America from a Weaponized Endangered Species Act
In this two-part episode of A Voice for Rural America, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined by four special guests to discuss how the Western Caucus is working to protect rural America from a weaponized Endangered Species Act. First, Jordan Smith and Tyson Kade from the National Endangered Species Act Reform Coalition speak with Chairman Newhouse about the proposed changes the Biden Administration is making to the landmark protection law. Then, Rep. August Pfluger (TX-11) and Permian Basin Petroleum Association Vice President Stephen Robertson join to discuss how ESA listings impact rural communities, economies, agriculture, and energy development.
November 05, 2021
North Dakotan Agriculture: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead
In this episode of A Voice for Rural America, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined by Rep. Kelly Armstrong (ND-AL) and North Dakota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing North Dakota's farmers and ranchers.
October 26, 2021
75 Years of Local Conservation
Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined by Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-01) and National Association of Conservation Districts President Michael Crowder to discuss the importance of locally-led, voluntary conservation as well as producer-led efforts happening in Arkansas and across the country. 
October 12, 2021
Western Conservation Principles
Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined by Senate Western Caucus Chairman Steve Daines (MT) and the Property and Environment Research Center's Policy Director Hannah Downey to discuss the science-based, effective conservation practices used by rural communities throughout the West and beyond. They highlight the importance of multiple-use, locally-led land and water management, and conservation partnerships with entities like counties, tribes, landowners, and private companies.
October 06, 2021
Nuclear's Role in a Clean Energy Future
Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC-03) and U.S. Nuclear Industry Council President & CEO Bud Albright to discuss the critical role of nuclear power in America's clean energy future and how we can work to support and expand innovative nuclear technologies across the United States.
September 22, 2021
Iowa Agriculture is Committed to Clean Water
Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined by Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-02) and Secretary Mike Naig from the Iowa Department of Agriculture to discuss the importance of clean water for Iowa's agriculture industry and how essential it is we maintain the Navigable Waters Protection Rule.
August 31, 2021
Showcasing Rural America
Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined by Rep. Jodey Arrington (TX-19) and Tom Sell, a member of the Southwest Council of Agribusiness, to discuss the recent West Texas Rural Summit, which showcases many of rural America's priorities, and the challenges facing America's agriculture industry.
August 02, 2021
Creating Resilient Federal Forests
Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined by Western Caucus Vice Chair and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Natural Resources Bruce Westerman (AR-04) and Montana Governor Greg Gianforte to discuss critical forest management, wildfire prevention, and desperately-needed reforms.
July 22, 2021
Injunction on the Biden Ban: A Victory for American Energy
Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) is joined by Republican Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01), Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, and Western Energy Alliance President Kathleen Sgamma to discuss the recent temporary injunction placed on President Biden's ban on federal oil and gas leases and the injunction's impacts on rural America.
July 09, 2021
Impacts of a Weaponized Endangered Species Act: The Case of the Gray Wolf
Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) hosts Rep. Tom Tiffany (WI-07) and Todd Myers, Director of the Center for the Environment at the Washington Policy Center, to discuss the successful delisting of the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act.  Learn more about the guests: Rep. Tom Tiffany (WI-07): Todd Myers: 
June 16, 2021