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.
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.”Read More
“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 ObamacareRead More
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.Read More
“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.