McMorris Rodgers Announces Congressional Hearing on Protecting the Lower Snake River Dams

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) has announced a hearing titled “Exposing President Biden’s Plan to Dismantle the Snake River Dams and the Negative Impacts to the U.S,” scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024. The hearing will be open to the public and press and will be live-streamed online at

“The Columbia River System and the lower Snake River dams are the beating heart of the Pacific Northwest, yet that hasn’t stopped the Biden Administration from apparently colluding with special interest groups to lay the groundwork to remove them. We are deeply disturbed by the blatant disregard for the enormous hydropower, irrigation, and navigation benefits these dams provide, as well as a willingness to ignore the voices of those who depend on the dams the most. It’s past time for full transparency from the Biden administration. This hearing will provide an opportunity to expose how its plans will destroy people’s lives in Eastern Washington,” she said in a statement.

WHAT: A subcommittee hearing on the devastating impacts of removing the Snake River Dams with testimony from the Biden administration and stakeholders.

DATE: Tuesday, January 30, 2024

TIME: 10:00 AM E.T. / 7:00 AM P.T.

LOCATION: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building

WITNESSES: Representatives from the following government agencies have been confirmed:

  • Council on Environmental Quality
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Bonneville Power Administration

NOTE: A representative of the Army has also been invited to testify. In addition to the panel of government witnesses, there will be a second panel with stakeholders.