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Congressman Doc Hastings joins local officials and first responders on a tour of the wildfire damage in Pateros, Washington. August 4, 2014. (Official Photo by Peter Godlewski)

Weekly Message from Doc
What I Saw During My Visit to the Carlton Complex Fire
August 18, 2014
Wildfires in our national forests damage or destroy an average of nearly 4 million acres across the United States each year. Over the last month, eight fires spanning nine counties in Central Washington have and are continuing to ravage more than 355,000 acres of land, including private property. The Carlton Complex fire alone consumed over 260,000 acres in Okanogan County and is recorded as the largest wildfire in our state’s history. This means more than half a million acres in Central Washing... More
Press Releases
Hastings: EPA Final Agreement is Just Another Example of Closed-Door Settlements Driving Bad Policy Decisions
August 14, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Doc Hastings released the following statement today after reports of a final settlement agreement that would impose buffer zones for crop protection tools from any body of water in the Pacific Northwest and California: “Once again, the Obama Administration is utilizing ‘sue and settle’ tactics to impose baseless regulations on growers that would seriously restrict the ability to farm thousands of acres of prime Central Washington farmland. The National Academy of S... More
Weekly Message from Doc
Congressional Mailbag
August 8, 2014
Each month I receive thousands of e-mails, phone calls, letters, tweets, and Facebook messages on a variety of topics. I wanted to share a few questions that I’ve recently received. What’s Congress doing to improve our veterans’ health care? Ensuring our veterans have access to quality care is not an issue I take lightly. I, like all Americans, was appalled when stories began surfacing about veterans dying from treatable illnesses while still waiting for care from the Department of Veterans Affa... More
Press Releases
Murray, Cantwell, Hastings, Reichert Urge President Obama to Grant Major Disaster Declaration
August 7, 2014
Today, the federal delegation representing impacted areas in Washington state sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to grant the major disaster declaration that was requested by Governor Jay Inslee. The letter was sent by U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and U.S. Representatives Doc Hastings (WA-4) and Dave Reichert (WA-8). “While local communities and state agencies have responded admirably, a disaster of this magnitude requires long-term federal assistan... More
Press Releases
Hastings Demands Army Corps Explain Its Settlement to Expand EPA’s Regulatory Authority over Columbia & Snake River Dams
August 6, 2014
Today, Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers voicing strong concerns over the Corps’ settlement this week with Columbia Riverkeeper, a group that for years has sued the federal government and favors removal of Northwest dams. The settlement, which involves payment of over $140,000 in taxpayer-funded attorneys’ fees to the plaintiff, would vastly expand the regulatory authority of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over ... More
August 19, 2014

What I saw during my tour of the #CarltonComplex #WA #wildfire

August 15, 2014

Please take a moment to read about my recent tour of the devastating Carlton Complex fire. All of us extend our deepest gratitude to the thousands of firefighters, first ...... Read More

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