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Wash. delegation splits on ‘cliff’ vote; GOP yes, Smith and McDermott lone Democrats against

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Camas was among the 85 Republicans who voted last night to pass the so-called fiscal-cliff bill, saying it falls short of fixing budget problems but was needed to avert income tax hikes on individuals earning less than $400,000 a year.

In Washington state’s delegation, only Democratic Reps. Adam Smith of Bellevue Jim McDermott of Seattle and voted against the deal that avoids hundreds of billions of dollars in tax increases and automatic spending cuts but increases deficits by $4.5 trillion over a decade. The vote roll call is here.

Herrera Beutler put out a statement explaining her action, which mirrored that of the other Washington Republicans. Reps. Dave Reichert of Auburn, Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Spokane and Doc Hastings of Pasco also voted in favor. Read more »


U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings ready to tackle Endangered Species Act

Saying it’s time for a “thoughtful analysis” of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Rep. Doc Hastings said today he will head a hearing that will begin tackling the law next week.

The hearing of the House Natural Resources Committee is set for Dec. 6.

Hastings, a Republican representing the 4th Congressional District in central Washington and the committee’s chairman, said the hearing will focus on how litigation involving theEndangered Species Act is costing jobs and hurting the economy.

Environmental groups have long considered Hastings a top foe of the Endangered Species Act.

“This hearing is the first of many that

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Report: Hastings has one of the worst attendance records in U.S. House this year

It has been a high-profile year on Capitol Hill for Rep. Doc Hastings, who took over in January as chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee. It has also been a tough year for the Washington state Republican to show up for work.

Hastings, 70, has one of the worst attendance records in the U.S. House in 2011, according to an analysis conducted by the New York Times. The newspaper reported that Hastings is one of 18 members of the House who has missed more than 10 percent of the 814 votes held this year. Hastings missed 11.1 percent

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Hastings: More drilling needed in Gulf

WASHINGTON – Exactly one year ago, a six-month moratorium ended on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, but too little drilling is still taking place, Republican Rep. Doc Hastings said today.

Hastings called a hearing of the House Natural Resources Committee to examine “the lingering impact on jobs, energy production and local economies” after the Obama administration lifted the moratorium on Oct. 12, 2010.

For the Washington state Republican, the committee’s chairman since January, it presented yet another opportunity to make his case that the U.S. must do more to increase energy production.

The moratorium was imposed in response

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Sierra Club gives Washington state delegation five As, three Fs and a C

WASHINGTON – In its national report card released today, the Sierra Club gave the Washington state delegation five As, three Fs and one C.

For the Sierra Club, a national environmentalist organization, the only middle-of-the roader is Republican Rep. Dave Reichert, who earned the C. On Capitol Hill, he has clearly established himself as a moderate, often in step with Democrats on environmental issues.

The Sierra Club gave top marks to Democrats Norm Dicks, Adam Smith, Rick Larsen, Jay Inslee, and Jim McDermott. It gave failing grades to Republicans Doc Hastings, Cathy McMorris-Rodgers and Jaime Herrera-Beutler.

Here’s a look at

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Hastings takes aim at ‘ocean zoning’

U.S. Rep. Richard “Doc” Hastings has found a new target: ocean zoning.

The Pasco Republican and chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, intends to have a hearing on the topic next Tuesday.

It comes after President Barack Obama last year signed an executive order creating a task force to examine new ocean policies, including a requirement known as marine special planning, commonly called ocean zoning, in U.S. waters.

Hastings called it a “heavily bureaucratic initiative” that requires strong oversight by Congress.

“The president’s new national ocean policy is one more example of this administration imposing burdensome federal regulations and

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Hastings, Dicks support killing of more salmon-scarfing sea lions

A House subcommittee began deliberating today whether to speed up the killing of an exploding population of California sea lions that is preying on thousands of endangered salmon in the Columbia River.

Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Pasco, and the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said residents in the Pacific Northwest had spent billions to save their salmon only to see aggressive sea lions kill them. Last year alone, he said, 6,000 salmon were killed.

Saying the current law is “inadequate and cumbersome” in granting permits, Hastings has introduced a bill that would give the states of Washington and Oregon, along with Indian tribes in the region, a quicker way to get federal permission to euthanize the sea lions.

At the bill’s first hearing, Hastings told the House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Ocean and Insular Affairs that his bill would provide “a commonsense path forward” while protecting the public’s heavy investment in salmon.
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