NEXT WEEK: PROMESA, Plastic Pollution, Sexual Harassment, Public Lands Measures - House Votes on Three Committee Bills

Washington, D.C. – The Committee on Natural Resources will hold four hearings next week, including the second of two hearings on Chair Raúl M. Grijalva’s (D-Ariz.) proposed PROMESA revisions; a hearing focused on the dangers of plastic pollution; an oversight hearing investigating sexual harassment at the Department of the Interior; and a legislative hearing on several public lands bills.

The House will vote next week on three bills previously passed out of the Committee: Chair Grijalva’s Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act (HR 1373), Rep. Ben Ray Luján’s (D-N.M.) Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act (HR 2181) and Rep. Joe Neguse’s (D-Colo.) Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act (HR 823).

Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands 


Hearing: Legislative Hearing

When: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 10 a.m. Eastern time

Where: 1324 Longworth House Office Building


Bills Considered


  • H.R. 139 (Rep. Rodney Davis), To establish the Springfield Race Riot National Historic Monument in the State of Illinois, and for other purposes. “Springfield Race Riot National Historic Monument Act.
  • H.R. 486 (Rep. Juan Vargas), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of Chicano Park, located in San Diego, California, and for other purposes. “Chicano Park Preservation Act.
  • H.R. 3250 (Rep. Danny Davis), To require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the sites associated with the life and legacy of the noted American philanthropist and business executive Julius Rosenwald, with a special focus on the Rosenwald Schools, and for other purposes. “Julius Rosenwald and the Rosenwald Schools Act of 2019.
  • H.R. 3824 (Rep. Mike Bost), To establish the Cahokia Mounds Mississippian Culture National Historical Park in Collinsville, Illinois, Monroe, Madison, and St. Clair Counties, Illinois, and St. Louis City County, Missouri, and for other purposes. “Cahokia Mounds Mississippian Culture National Historical Park Act.
  • H.R. 4139 (Rep. Filemon Vela), To provide for the boundary of the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park to be adjusted, to authorize the donation of land to the United States for addition to that historic park, and for other purposes.


Witness List


Panel I


Rep. Rodney Davis (H.R. 139)

Illinois, 13th District

Rep. Juan Vargas (H.R. 486)

California, 51st District


Rep. Danny Davis (H.R. 3250)

Illinois, 7th District

Rep. Filemon Vela (H.R. 4139)

Texas, 34th District


Additional Members TBD


Panel II


Mr. R. David Vela (All Bills)

Deputy Director

National Park Service

U.S. Department of the Interior


Ms. Josephine S. Talamantez (H.R. 486)


Chicano Park Steering Committee


Mr. Robert G. Stanton (H.R. 3250)

Vice President

Campaign to Create the Julius Rosenwald and Rosenwald Schools National Historical Park


Ms. Mary Vandevord (H.R. 3824)

President & CEO

HeartLands Conservancy


The Honorable Juan “Trey” Mendez, III (H.R. 4139)


City of Brownsville, Texas


Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife


Hearing: A Sea of Problems: Impacts of Plastic Pollution on Oceans and Wildlife

When: Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Where: 1324 Longworth House Office Building


Witness List:


Mr. Ted Danson

Actor, Advocate and Board Member


Los Angeles, CA


Mr. Juan Parras

Founder, Executive Director

Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (TEJAS)

Houston, TX


Dr. Jenna Jambeck

Professor of Environmental Engineering

University of Georgia

Athens, GA


Mr. Tony Radoszewski

President and CEO

Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS)

Washington, D.C.



Full Committee Hearing


Hearing: Legislative Hearing on Discussion Draft Bill, Amendments to PROMESA Act of 2019 – Day Two 

When: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 2:00 P.M. Eastern

Where: 1324 Longworth House Office Building


Bills Considered:


  • Discussion Draft H.R. _____ (Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva), “To amend the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act or ‘PROMESA,’ and for other purposes.”


Witness List


Panel I 

Mr. Heriberto Martínez Otero, President 

Puerto Rico Economists Association 


Mr. Alvin Velázquez, Associate General Counsel 

Service Employees International Union 


Ms. Lilliana Cubano, President 

Puerto Rico Products Association 


Mr. Lyvan A. Buntin Rivera, Student Representative 

University of Puerto Rico 


Mr. James Spiotto, Managing Director 

Chapman Strategic Advisors 


Panel II 

Ms. Adi Martínez, Senior Policy Advisor 

Oxfam America 


Ms. Annie Mayol, President 

Foundation for Puerto Rico 


Mr. Cecilio Ortíz García, Senior Fellow 

National Council for Science and the Environment 


Mr. Rodrigo Masses-Artze, President 

Private Alliance for Economic Growth of Puerto Rico 


Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations


Hearing: Sexual Harassment at the Department of the Interior

When: Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern

Where: 1324 Longworth House Office Building


Witness List


Susan Combs 

Senior Advisor 

Exercising the Authority of the Assistant Secretary 

for Policy, Management and Budget 

U.S. Department of the Interior 


Mark Greenblatt 

Inspector General 

Office of the Inspector General 

U.S. Department of the Interior 


Chai Feldblum 

Partner and Director of Workplace Culture Consulting 

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP 

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