Rep. Hastings Gets Natural Resources Chair; Fate of Insular Affairs Sub-Committee Uncertain

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Guam – As expected, the GOP leadership of the U.S. House has chosen top Republican Representative Doc Hastings to be Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee when the new Congress is sworn in in January.

With Republicans taking control of the U.S. House, Hastings will replace Democat Nick Rahall.

It was Rahall who appointed Guam Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo to Chair the Natural Resources Sub-Committee on Insular Affairs, Oceans, and Wildlife. Bordallo will lose that position in the next Congress and the Sub-Committee on Insular Affairs may not survive either.

Hastings is expected to decide soon on the future of the Insular Affairs Sub-Committee and who will chair it, if it continues as a Sub-Committee in its current form.

Hastings has vowed to implement policies that balance the need to create jobs and use natural resources, with the need to protect the nation’s “treasured lands, oceans and wildlife.”