Rural Utah

My Position on Rural Utah

Our state’s farmers, ranchers, and agricultural producers feed the nation and fuel our economy. For far too long, Washington politicians have overlooked rural America and drowned out the voices of rural Utahns. From lowering costs to reducing burdens, I am proud of the results we have delivered for the backbone of the Beehive State. 

In Congress, I have: 

  • Co-led H.R 8839, the Great Salt Lake Recovery Act, legislation to study historic drought conditions and protect the long-term health of the Great Salt Lake in Utah.
  • Co-sponsored H.R 1650, the Rural Broadband Network Study Act, legislation to study the impact of big streamers like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+ on rural broadband network costs and availability. 
  • Co-sponsored H.R 2454, the Protecting Access for Hunters and Anglers Act of 2022, legislation to prohibit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from banning the use of traditional lead ammunition or tackle on public lands unless such action is supported by the best available science and state wildlife and fish agencies.
  • Co-sponsored H.R. 1779, the More USDA Grants Act, legislation to provide rural counties in Utah with more assistance and lower the cost to apply for grants that invest in education, infrastructure, and healthcare in rural communities. 
  • Co-sponsored H.R. 6232, To Delay the Implementation of a Rule Relating to the Importation of Sheep and Goats and Products Derived from Sheep and Goats, and for Other Purposes, legislation to protect Utah’s farmers from a flooded market. 
  • Co-sponsored H.R. 2349, the Acre Act, legislation to prohibit the USDA from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, or sex. 
  • Co-sponsored H.R. 267, the WHIP+ Reauthorization Act, legislation to help Utah’s farmers recover from drought-induced dairy and agricultural losses. 
  • Co-sponsored H.R. 4832, the Open Access Evapotranspiration Data Act, legislation to track water consumption, evaporation, and transpiration, ultimately improving water resources for Utahns. 
  • Co-sponsored H.R. 3370, the Broadband Permitting Modernization Act, a package of four bills designed to strengthen rural broadband infrastructure in Utah and across the country.  
  • Co-sponsored H.R. 2500, the Forest TECH Improvement Act, legislation to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to assess the use of new technologies across reforestation activities.
  • Co-sponsored H.R. 5435, the Saline Lake Ecosystems in the Great Basin States Program Act of 2021, legislation to establish a Saline Lake Ecosystems in the Great Basin States Assessment and Monitoring Program. 
  • Co-sponsored H.R. 4082, the Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission Act of 2021, legislation to establish a commission to study and make recommendations to improve federal policies relating to wildland fire prevention, mitigation, suppression, management, and rehabilitation.
  • Co-sponsored H.R. 2500, the Forest TECH Improvement Act, legislation to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to assess the use of new technologies across reforestation activities.
  • Visited dozens of farms, production facilities, and growing operations across Utah’s Fourth District to better understand the issues that matter most to our communities.

To see a full list of legislation sponsored and supported by Congressman Owens, click here.

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