David Schweikert has served in the US House of Representatives since 2011, representing Arizona’s 6th congressional district. He previously served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 1991 until 1994. Schweikert supports efforts to limit new national monument designations, and opposes limits on public lands transfers. He also opposes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, sage grouse conservation, and efforts to reduce methane emissions.
Notable Activities and Statements on Public Lands Policy
Rep. Schweikert supports limiting new national monument designations.
Schweikert voted yes on a bill that would weaken presidential authority under the Antiquities Act of 1906 to preserve federal lands. The bill limits presidents to one national-monument designation per state in their four-year term and subjects preservation decisions to lengthy National Environmental Policy Act reviews. [Arizona Daily Star, 03/30/14]
Schweikert opposes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
Schweikert voted no on the motion to support permanent reauthorization of LWCF. [Congressional Quarterly, 05/26/16]
Schweikert opposes limits on public lands transfers.
Schweikert voted no to placing limits on public land transfers. The amendment on an Interior Department funding bill would have blocked funding to initiate any federal land transfers, disposals, or sales that were not in the public interest or were not part of Federal Lands Transfer Facilitation Act, making public land transfer more difficult. The amendment failed. [National Wildlife Federation Press Release, 09/14/17]
Schweikert opposes sage grouse conservation plans.
Schweikert voted against preserving sage grouse conservation plans. The failed amendment would have protected plans to conserve the threatened sage grouse’s habitat across the western United States. [House roll call vote 474]
Schweikert opposes reducing methane emissions.
Schweikert voted to repeal an Obama-era regulation aimed at curbing methane emissions from oil and gas drilling operations on public lands. [Washington Post, 02/03/17]