Legislative: Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Legislative Hearing

Date: Thursday, June 25, 2020 Time: 09:00 AM Presiding: The Honorable Jared Huffman, Chair

On Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 9:00 A.M. EDT in room 1324 Longworth (Hearing Room) and online via Cisco Webex video conference platform, the Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife will hold a legislative hearing on the following bills:


  • H.R. 1776 (Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-OR) A bill to amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to prohibit importation, exportation, transportation, sale, receipt, acquisition, and purchase in interstate or foreign commerce, or in a manner substantially affecting interstate or foreign commerce, of any live animal of any prohibited wildlife species. "Captive Primate Safety Act"
  • H.R. 2264 (Rep. Ted Lieu, D-CA) To conserve global bear populations by prohibiting the importation, exportation, and interstate trade of bear viscera and items, products, or substances containing, or labeled or advertised as containing, bear viscera, and for other purposes. “Bear Protection Act of 2019”
  • H.R. 2492 (Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-MT) To establish a Federal cost share percentage for the Milk River Project in the State of Montana. “St. Mary's Reinvestment Act”
  • H.R. 2871 (Rep. Russ Fulcher, R-ID) To provide flexibility to allow greater aquifer recharge, and for other purposes. “Aquifer Recharge Flexibility Act”
  • H.R. 3937 (Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-WA) To redesignate the facility of the Bureau of Reclamation located at Highway-155, Coulee Dam, WA 99116, as the "Nathaniel 'Nat' Washington Power Plant".
  • H.R. 6761 (Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, D-AZ) To require the Secretary of the Interior to establish a grant program to provide financial assistance to States in eradicating the Asian giant hornet, and for other purposes. “Murder Hornet Eradication Act”

Witness List

Panel I: Congressional Sponsors

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (H.R. 1776)

Oregon, 3rd District

Rep. Ted Lieu (H.R. 2264) (testimony)

California, 33rd District

Rep. Greg Gianforte (H.R. 2492)

Montana, At-Large

Rep. Russ Fulcher (H.R. 2871)

Idaho, 1st District

Rep. Dan Newhouse (H.R. 3937)

Washington, 4th District

Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (H.R. 6761) (testimony)

Arizona, 3rd District

Panel II: Experts

Ms. Laura Ziemer (H.R. 2492, H.R. 2871) (testimony)
Senior Counsel and Water Policy Advisor
Trout Unlimited
Dr. Michelle Samuel-Foo (H.R. 6761)  (testimony)
Assistant Professor of Biology, Alabama State University
President, Southeastern Entomological Society of America
Former President, International Association of Black
Mr. Gordon R. Batcheller (H.R. 1776, H.R. 2264)  (testimony)
Executive Secretary
Northeast Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, Inc.
Mr. Michael Sutton (H.R. 1776, H.R. 2264, H.R. 6761)  (testimony)
Former President
California Fish & Game Commission

Statements from Department of Interior HR 1776 HR 2264 HR 6761 HR 2942 HR 2871 HR 3937