Rob Bishop

Rob Bishop


Rep. Bishop Opposes Reauthorization of Ex-Im Bank


WASHINGTON— Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) feels the time for the Export-Import Bank has come to an end. The 81-year-old government corporation was organized by Executive Order and is currently operating under a charter that is set to expire on June 30th 2015. Rep. Bishop offered the following statement regarding reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank:

“While the intent of the Export-Import Bank decades ago may have been a good one, I believe it has drifted too far off course and has missed opportunities to reform, and so the time has come to let its authorization expire. The sun has set on the utility of the bank and the rationale being presented to support it is based on antiquated arguments. The Government is not better than the free market in guiding the economy towards prosperity and so I'm concerned about the bank's interference in what should primarily be private business decisions and transactions.  Plus, there is much the Ex-Im Bank could have done to clean up its act and be more transparent.  While we must do what we can to ensure a fair playing field for American businesses, I don't feel the bank is part of that solution. If a bill emerges from the Financial Services Committee that reauthorizes the Export-Import Bank, I plan to oppose it.”      
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Chairman Bishop Holds Sage Grouse Hearing


WASHINGTON— Rep. Rob Bishop, Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, held an oversight hearing titled, "Empowering State Management of Greater Sage Grouse.” Chairman Bishop said the following during his opening remarks:

“Given the chance, states could prevent the need for a federal listing, and prevent endless fights to de-list species that recover.  States have already proven to be laboratories where innovative policy-makers can experiment to develop more effective policies.  The problem with the federal one-size-fits-all approach is that it’s never actually been compared to anything else.”

Ms. Kathleen Clarke was the Director of the Bureau of Land Management from 2001 to 2006 and  is currently the Director of the Utah Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office. Ms. Clarke served as a witness at today’s hearing and stated the following during her testimony

“The State of Utah’s Conservation Plan provides a solid framework for assessing the needs of the birds within the State. Utah is not a vast sea of sagebrush, such as found in Wyoming or the Great Basin. The most important conservation strategies address the major threats to the species in Utah – wildfire and the associated invasion of undesirable grass, and the encroachment of conifer trees into the sagebrush. These natural events constitute 97% of the threat to the species in Utah. Human activities, such as energy development and exurban development, are not major threats, representing only 3% of the threat. Utah’s sage-grouse conservation strategies are completely based upon the best available science developed over the past 20 years, and the most robust data.” 

Various other witnesses testified on the utility of state conservation strategies, and how a federal endangered listing and rigid federal land management decisions could undermine these efforts. 

For more information on the hearing, including witness testimony, please visit the website.
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NDAA Passes House Armed Services Committee


WASHINGTON— The House Armed Services Committee today passed H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2016 by a vote of 60-2.  Details of the bill can be found here. The committee deliberated throughout the evening Wednesday and cast its vote this morning at approximately 4:30 AM EDT. Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01), a senior Member of the Committee, voted in favor of the annual defense bill and said the following afterward: 

“I am proud of my colleagues in the Armed Services Committee for passing this bill. The task of providing for the common defense is one of paramount importance.  It is important that we pass the NDAA each year as it allows the armed services to provide security for our nation. I am happy to have language included in the bill that will protect the Utah Test and Training Range, Dugway Proving Ground, the Tooele Army Depot, and other lands used for military training, from intrusion by the Obama Administration through the dubious use of the Endangered Species Act.”

Rep. Bishop also included language in the bill that provides protections for Utah’s Depot Workers.

“Hill workers unfortunately remember when they were illegally furloughed by the Obama Administration.” Rep. Bishop said. “ I offered language to help ensure that their jobs are not threatened again by the Administration. This will ensure that any future worker reductions are based on workload and not any other factors so workers can continue to do what they do best in supporting the warfighter without worry of being targeted for illegal furloughs or job cuts.”

The legislation also authorizes full funding for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.  Hill AFB has previously been identified as the OPS 1 location for the new fighter jet starting in September of this year.

“The F-35 is critical to our national defense and Hill is critical to the F-35.  I’m proud of the role Hill is playing with this next generation of fighter and I’m grateful our defense bill fully funds this important program.”
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Bishop Votes for Hill AFB Construction Funding


WASHINGTON—  Today the House voted on H.R. 2029 which allows for the funding of a hangar and a flight simulator for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at Hill Air Force Base. This bill also calls for the funding of storage facilities to safely house munitions and other critical items at the base. The passage of this bill will provide $38.4 million for HAFB. 

Representative Rob Bishop offered the following statement:    

“A partnership has existed between the Air Force and the state of Utah that has mutually benefited U.S. national security and the Utah community for decades. This construction funding will enhance the crucial work being done at Hill and it will create numerous jobs for both active duty military members and civilians. I am proud of Hill’s 388th Fighter Wing and the Air Force Reserve’s 419th Fighter Wing for being at the forefront of our nation’s air defense. I will continue to support any measures that support Hill Air Force Base’s standing as a leader in military readiness.”    
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Bishop Sage Grouse Amendment Survives Crucial Vote


WASHINGTON—  In an effort to save the Department of Defense millions of dollars and protect critical military training facilities throughout the western United States, Rep. Rob Bishop has proposed an amendment to the annual defense bill that would prohibit the Obama Administration from declaring the Sage Grouse an endangered species. Such a designation would inhibit the military’s ability to train on some vital lands thus negatively impacting troop readiness.

Rep. Bishop’s amendment was challenged before the full body of the House Armed Services Committee by Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-Mass.). Her challenge was defeated by a significant margin.

The language introduced by Rep. Bishop will remain a part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which will soon be voted on by the full US House of Representatives.  The congressman issued the following statement following today’s committee action:

“This amendment, which balances conservation with national security, is basically about two things – military readiness and empowering the states.  There is ample evidence that federal management of sage grouse populations is already hurting our military’s ability to adequately train on and use critical areas in the west.  This would only get worse with a federal endangered species designation and it would hamper the way our fighting men and women prepare to defend our country.  There are also multiple examples already of state plans which are effectively managing and conserving sage grouse populations.  We need to give time for these state plans, orchestrated by folks closest to the land and to the issue at hand, to be fully implemented and to accomplish their goal of protecting this bird.” Read More

Rep. Bishop Votes to Kill the Death Tax


WASHINGTON—  The House voted today to repeal the Death Tax. Congressman Rob Bishop was a co-sponsor of this bill and voted in favor of its passage today. Congressman Bishop issued the following statement regarding the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015

 “I voted to repeal the death tax today because it is an immoral double taxation. It hits grieving  families at the most tragic of times. One should not be required to pay a tax for dying. The death tax can force a farmer to sell land, equipment and property simply to pay the government after a loved one’s death. While republicans are trying to do away with this unfair tax, President Obama is trying to increase it. The death tax hurts small business, small companies and small farmers. A family should be allowed to mourn when they lose a loved one, not forced to fill out another tax form.”   

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Rep. Bishop laments the passing of Governor Norm Bangerter


My thoughts and prayers are with the Bangerter family at this time of loss. Norm’s service to the state of Utah is unparalleled. He made hard decisions when it mattered most and he set a strong example of wise action in the face of opposition. It was a great privilege to serve as a state legislator during his tenure as governor. He will be missed.”      Read More

Bishop Statement on Continuing Resolution & Omnibus Package


WASHINGTON— Late last night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2015. The legislation averts a shutdown of the federal government and limits the budget of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through February 2015. The short-term funding of DHS prevents long-term implementation of the President’s amnesty policy, allowing the House and Senate to address the executive order in the new Congress. Additionally, it addresses key policies on matters including the Department of Interior’s Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, the listing of the greater sage grouse as an endangered or threatened species, and the construction of architect Frank Gehry’s controversial design for the Eisenhower Memorial. House Natural Resources Chairman-elect Rob Bishop (UT-01) released the following statement in response to the legislation:

“There are some significant gains for western and rural states in this legislation and I am especially pleased that we have established safeguards to limit long-term actions that may be taken toward implementation of the President’s amnesty executive order. For states like Utah, it is especially important that this bill gives the Fish and Wildlife Service additional time to evaluate state progress on management and conservation of the greater sage grouse. States like Utah are making progress every day to collaborate with local communities and public land users to protect the species.

“I am also pleased that PILT will continue in FY2015 for counties surrounded by public lands. The compensation they receive to address the lack of tax revenue generated from federal land helps fund important community infrastructure that is typically funded through property taxes and other public uses. A similar program that funds communities in areas with National Forests known as the Secure Rural Schools program was not included in this legislation. I remain committed to ensuring SRS is addressed early in the 114th Congress.

“The nature of these bicameral and bipartisan packages is that they’re extremely dynamic and far from perfect.  Taxpayer dollars are a finite resource that should be appropriated and spent with utmost scrutiny and oversight. This is why I remain concerned about the status of the Eisenhower Memorial project and architect Frank Gehry’s controversial design. Taxpayers have bankrolled the Eisenhower Memorial Commission and its staff, Gehry’s architectural firm, and the widely unpopular design, for over a decade. After 14 years, there is little to show for the work and only a rough accounting of where the money was spent. I am pleased that this bill includes some safeguards to help get the project back on the right track toward an appropriate and fitting tribute to one of our nation’s greatest leaders,” said Congressman Bishop.


Specifically, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2015:

·         Delays the Fish and Wildlife Service’s action and decision on whether or not the greater sage grouse should be listed as an endangered or threatened species to September 2015

·         Provides $372,000,000 to the U.S. Department of Interior for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes Program. *This is in addition to the $70 million provided in the National Defense Authorization Act

·         Includes safeguards to protect taxpayers from having to bankroll the estimated $140 million for construction of Frank Gehry’s proposed design

·         Prohibits the IRS from unfairly targeting Americans based on their personal, political, or professional connections

·         Includes no funding for Race to the Top

·         Includes no new funding for Obamacare

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House and Senate Reach Agreement on FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Act


WASHINGTON—The House of Representatives and U.S. Senate released the final draft of the fiscal year (FY) 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) served as  a House negotiator, working with Senate counterparts on some of the key terms of the agreement.

Among other things, the FY2015 legislation includes additional funding for our nation’s military depots, prevents the transfer of Apache helicopters from the National Guard to the Army, includes funding to support the Tomahawk Cruise Missile, and includes a one year prohibition on Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) proceedings.

“This bill does some good things for our national defense capabilities. However, the nature of a negotiation is that compromises have to be made and, in the end, nobody walks away completely satisfied,” said Congressman Bishop.  “I am especially pleased that this legislation includes funding for our nation’s Depots, like the Ogden Air Logistics Complex, which provides key maintenance and logistical support for our nation’s warfighter and other weapon systems,” said Congressman Bishop.

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Obama’s Use of Antiquities Act Would Cut Coloradans out of the Legislative Process


WASHINGTON— The Obama Administration announced this week that Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Deputy Director Steve Ellis will visit the Browns Canyon area of Colorado on Saturday, December 06, 2014. House Natural Resources Committee Chairman-elect Rob Bishop (UT-01) raised concerns that this visit may signal the Administration’s intention to use the controversial Antiquities Act to create a new national monument, usurping the power of the legislative process, and subsequently depriving Coloradans of the opportunity to have their voices heard.

“The President’s use of the Antiquities Act would unjustly deprive the communities surrounding Browns Canyon of the opportunity to debate the proposed monument through the open legislative process. I hope Chief Tidwell and Deputy Director Ellis take this into consideration during their visit,” said Bishop.

Nearly 22,000 acres located within this region are the subject of legislation introduced by Colorado Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet that would establish a new national monument. Despite a Democrat majority in the Senate, the two Democrat Senators have been unsuccessful in their efforts to gain enough support to move the bill. As a result, they have appealed to President Obama to designate the new national monument by executive fiat using the Antiquities Act.

“The inability of two Democrat Senators to garner support for this initiative despite a Democrat majority is hardly justification for robbing Coloradans of the opportunity to have their voices heard. They have referred to the term ‘gridlock’ when explaining why their bill has languished but evidence suggests there are other issues at fault. Lack of support is certainly one of them,” Bishop added.

Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) introduced legislation in the 113th Congress that would require the application of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) whenever the Antiquities Act is used by the President to establish a new national monument greater than 5,000 acres.  Application of NEPA would ensure that the American people have an opportunity to participate in the national monument designation process. Read More

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A public school teacher turned public servant, Rob Bishop represents Utah’s First Congressional District in the U.S. Congress.

Rob Bishop is a life-long resident of the First District, with the exception of two years he spent in Germany while serving a mission for the LDS Church. He was born and raised in Kaysville, Utah, where he graduated from Davis High School with High Honors. He later graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah with a degree in Political Science. He has been a resident of Brigham City since 1974.

Rob is married to Jeralynn Hansen, a former Miss Brigham City. They have five children: Shule, Jarom, Zenock, Maren, and Jashon.  They have six grandchildren- three boys and three girls.

Before coming to Congress, Rob was active in community theater, which is how he met his wife many years ago. As an avid baseball fan, Rob is a season ticket holder to the Salt Lake Bees and has coached in multiple leagues.

Rob is a devoted public servant. He has served his community in the State Legislature. During his sixteen years representing the Brigham City area, Rob distinguished himself as a leader. His last two years he was unanimously elected to serve as Speaker of the House. He also co-founded the Western States Coalition, a multi-state organization dedicated to protecting states’ rights and promoting Western interests and values.

Rob has served his political party for more than thirty years. Rob has worked at nearly every level of the Republican party, from precinct chair to member of the Republican National Committee, and has spent years working in every corner of this District. He has gone from Vice-Chair of the Davis County Teenage Republicans in 1968 to the advisor of the Utah Teenage Republicans in 1996. In 1997, he was elected Chairman of the Utah Republican Party. He served for two terms.

Rob has dedicated his life to teaching. He started teaching at Box Elder High School (BEHS) in Brigham City in 1974. From 1980 through 1985 he taught German and coached debate at Ben Lomond High School in Ogden, Utah, before returning to BEHS. Before retiring in December of 2002, he taught advanced placement courses in government and U.S. History, while serving as the Chair of the History Department at BEHS.

On January 7, 2003, Rob Bishop was sworn in as the new Congressman from Utah’s First Congressional District, replacing the retiring Representative Jim Hansen. For his first term, he was appointed to serve on his top three choices for House Committees – the Armed Services Committee, the Resources Committee, and the Science Committee – all three of which handle critical issues for Utah’s First District. In January 2005, Rob was sworn into a second term. He was subsequently appointed by the Speaker to serve on the powerful House Rules Committee, the legislative “gatekeeper” for all bills coming to the House floor.  During the 111th Congress, Rob was instrumental in founding the10th Amendment Task Force- a coalition of House Members committed to working toward disbursing power in Washington back to the people and states.

Rob is now in his sixth term in the House.  During the 113th Congress, Rob will serve on the House Armed Services Committee and the powerful House Rules Committee.  Rob will also continue serving on the Committee on Natural Resources where he is Chairman of the Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee.

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