Senate and Congressional Western Caucuses Hearing Announcement

“Washington Barriers to Prosperity and Property Rights in the West”


WASHINGTON, DC—Tuesday, February 28, 2012, SenateWestern Caucus Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY), Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Steve Pearce (R-NM), and Members of the Senate and Congressional Western Caucuses will hold a bicameral hearing entitled “Washington Barriers to Prosperity and Property Rights in the West.”

Members and witnesses, including Idaho Governor Butch Otter, will examine the Obama Administration’s environmental and natural resource policies and their negative impact on jobs,economic growth and private property rights in Western states and communities.  These controversial policy initiatives have raised the concerns and opposition of many western leaders, including governors, county commissioners, small business owners, and private land owners. 

The hearing will shed light on real world examples, the extent of the problems, and help facilitate a discussion on what needs to be done to fix them.


Senate and House Western Caucus members, Idaho Governor Butch Otter, other guests










Bicameral hearing on Washington Barriers to Prosperity and Property Rights in the West


Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 628


Tuesday, February 28, 2012


9:30 a.m. EDT

Confirmed Witnesses


Panel 1 –       The Honorable Butch Otter, Governor of Idaho

Panel 2 –       Mr. and Mrs. Mike and Chantell Sackett, Idaho

Damien Schiff, Principal Attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation

Dr. Dennis Fife, Mayor of Brigham City, Utah

Mark Knight, National Cattlemen Beef Association and the Kansas Livestock Association, Kansas

Buster Johnson, Chairman of the Mohave County Board of Supervisors, Arizona