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Legislative Hearing on H.R. 520 , H.R. 2990 , H.R. 5103, H.R. 5504, H.R. 5509, H.R. 5874 and H.R. ___(Rep. Graves) | Water, Wildlife and Fisheries Subcommittee

On Wednesday, October 25, 2023, at 2:15 p.m. in room 1334 Longworth House Office Building, the Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife and Fisheries will hold a legislative hearing on the following bills:

  • H.R. 520 (Rep. McClintock), To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to provide that artificially propagated animals shall be treated the same under that Act as naturally propagated animals;
  • H.R. 2990 (Rep. Bonamici), “National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Sexual Harassment and Assault Prevention Improvements Act of 2023”;
  • H.R. 5103 (Rep. Donalds), “Fishery Improvement to Streamline untimely regulatory Hurdles post Emergency Situation Act” or the “FISHES Act”;
  • H.R. 5504 (Rep. Newhouse), To require the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to withdraw proposed rules relating to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and for other purposes;
  • H.R. 5509 (Rep. Porter), “Electronic Permitting Modernization Act”;
  • H.R. 5874 (Rep. Ciscomani), “Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program Act” or the “TAAP Act”; and
  • Discussion Draft of H.R. ___ (Rep. Graves of Louisiana), To prohibit the implementation of certain documents until the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries of the National Marine Fisheries Service issues documents relating to the Rice’s whale.

Witnesses and Testimony

Panel I: Members of Congress


Panel II

Mr. Gary Frazer
Assistant Director for Ecological Services
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Department of the Interior
Washington, D.C. 

Dr. Richard Spinrad
Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere & NOAA Administrator
Department of Commerce
Washington, D.C. [invited] 

Ms. Shalanda Young
Office of Management and Budget
Washington, D.C. [invited] 

Mr. Jonathan Wood
Vice President of Law and Policy
Property and Environment Research Center
Bozeman, MT 

Dr. Alex Loureiro
Scientific Director
EnerGeo Alliance
Houston, TX 

Dr. Sharon B. Megdal
Water Resources Research Center
The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 

Mr. Robert E. Beal
Executive Director
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
Arlington, VA 

Mr. Tom Birmingham
Water Policy Expert
Sacramento CA 
Dr. Barbara Taylor
Red List Coordinator for the Cetacean Specialist Group
International Union for the Conservation of Nature
San Diego, CA [Minority Witness] 

Mr. Stephen Roady
Senior Lecturing Fellow
Duke University School of Law
Professor of the Practice
Duke School of the Environment
Washington, D.C. [Minority Witness]