Hearings for Week of May 20 – NOAA and FWS Budgets, Insular Territory Health Disparities, Threat of Mass Extinctions, Public Lands Legislative Hearing

Washington, D.C. – The Committee on Natural Resources will holdfour hearings during the week of May 20, addressing issues from the recently reported extinction crisis to the approximately 1.5 million Americans about to lose health care access as U.S. territories face Medicaid funding challenges.

Witness lists are available below. As with all hearings, these events are open to media and the public.

Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife

Hearing: Examining the President’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Proposal for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

When: Tuesday, May 21, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time

Where: Longworth 1324

Livestream: http://bit.ly/2EcVKYU

Administration Witnesses

RDML Timothy Gallaudet, Ph.D., USN Ret.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere

Deputy NOAA Administrator

Ms. Margaret Everson

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Principle Deputy Director 

Exercising the Authority of the Director


Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife

Hearing: Responding to the Global Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

When: Wednesday, May 22, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time

Where: Longworth 1324

Livestream: http://bit.ly/2Q5gEhs

Witness List 

Sir Robert Watson

Immediate Past Chair


Dr. Eduardo S. Brondizio


IPBES Global Assessment

Dr. Yunne Shin

Coordinating Lead Author

IPBES Global Assessment


Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands

Hearing: Legislative Hearing on H.R. 182, H.R. 307, H.R. 473, H.R. 1088, H.R.1130, H.R. 1179, H.R. 1248, H.R. 1472, H.R.1487, H.R. 1727, H.R. 2369, H.R. 2427, H.R. 2490 and H.R. 2525

When: Wednesday, May 22, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time

Where: Longworth 1334

Livestream: http://bit.ly/2HnxLYU

Bills Considered 

H.R. 182 (Rep. Keating), To extend the authorization for the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission.

H.R. 307 (Rep. Hice), To provide for partnerships among State and local governments, regional entities, and the private sector to preserve, conserve, and enhance the visitor experience at nationally significant battlefields of the American Revolution, War of 1812, and Civil War, and for other purposes. “Preserving America’s Battlefields Act”

H.R. 473 (Rep. Neguse), To authorize the Every Word We Utter Monument to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1088 (Rep. Marshall), To authorize the Society of the First Infantry Division to make modifications to the First Division Monument located on Federal land in Presidential Park in District of Columbia, and for other purposes. “First Infantry Recognition of Sacrifice in Theater Act (FIRST Act)”

H.R. 1130 (Rep. Rush), To conduct a special resource study of Fort Pillow Historic State Park in Henning, Tennessee, and for other purposes. “Fort Pillow National Battlefield Park Study Act”

H.R. 1179 (Rep. Adams), To amend title 54, United States Code, to establish within the National Park Service the African American Burial Grounds Network, and for other purposes.“African-American Burial Grounds Network Act”

H.R. 1248 (Rep. Pingree), To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate certain river segments within the York watershed in the State of Maine as components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, and for other purposes. “York River Wild and Scenic River Act of 2019”

H.R. 1472 (Rep. Adrian Smith), To rename the Homestead National Monument of America near Beatrice, Nebraska, as the Homestead National Historical Park.

H.R. 1487 (Rep. Lieu), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of portions of the Los Angeles coastal area in the State of California to evaluate alternatives for protecting the resources of the coastal area, and for other purposes. “Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Boundary Adjustment Study Act”

H.R. 1727 (Rep. Connolly), To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit against income tax for qualified conservation contributions which include National Scenic Trails.“Complete America’s Great Trails Act”

H.R. 2369 (Rep. Rice), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of alternatives for commemorating Long Island’s aviation history, including a determination of the suitability and feasibility of designating parts of the study area as a unit of the National Park System, and for other purposes. “Long Island Aviation History Act”

H.R. 2427 (Rep. Sarbanes), To amend the Chesapeake Bay Initiative Act of 1998 to reauthorize the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network. “Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network Reauthorization Act of 2019”

H.R. 2490 (Rep. Fortenberry), To amend the National Trails System Act to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility of designating the Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail, and for other purposes.

H.R. 2525 (Rep. Ryan), To establish the Steel Valley National Heritage Area in the States of Pennsylvania and Ohio, and for other purposes. “Steel Valley National Heritage Area Act”

Witness List

Panel I

Rep. William Keating (H.R. 182)

Massachusetts, 9th District 

Rep. Jody Hice (H.R. 307)

Georgia, 10th District 

Rep. Joe Neguse (H.R. 473)

Colorado, 2nd District

Rep. Roger Marshall (H.R. 1088)

Kansas, 1st District

Rep. Alma Adams (H.R. 1179)

North Carolina, 12th District

Rep. Adrian Smith (H.R. 1472)

Nebraska, 3rd District 

Rep. Gerald Connolly (H.R. 1727)

Virginia, 11th District

Rep. Kathleen Rice (H.R. 2369)

New York, 4th District

Rep. John Sarbanes (H.R. 2427)

Maryland, 3rd District 

Rep. Tim Ryan (H.R. 2525)

Ohio, 13th District 

Panel II 

Mr. P. Daniel Smith (All Bills)

Deputy Director

National Park Service

U.S. Department of the Interior

Panel III

Mr. Richard F. Delaney (H.R. 182)

President & CEO

Center for Coastal Studies

Provincetown, MA

Mr. O. James Lighthizer (H.R. 307)


American Battlefield Trust

Washington, D.C. 

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Thomas Rhame (H.R. 1088)

Former Commanding General, 1st Infantry Division

Woodbridge, VA

Ms. Yulanda Burgess (H.R. 1130)


Descendants of the Fort Pillow Massacre

Detroit, MI

Ms. Angela M. Thorpe (H.R. 1179)


North Carolina African American Heritage Commission

Cary, NC

Panel IV

Dr. Charles A. Ott (H.R. 1248)


York River Study Commission

York, ME

Ms. Judi M. Gaiashkibos (H.R. 2490)

Executive Director

Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs

Lincoln, NE

Ms. Sherry Lee Linkon (H.R. 2525)

Director, American Studies Program

Georgetown University 

Washington, D.C. 

Full Committee Hearing 

Hearing: The Insular Areas Medicaid Cliff

When: Thursday, May 23, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time

Where: Longworth 1324

Livestream: http://bit.ly/2JLjneQ

Witness List

Ms. Esther L. Muna 

Chief Executive Officer 

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Healthcare Corporation 

Ms. Helen C. Sablan 


Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands State Medicaid Agency 

Ms. Theresa Arcangel 

Chief Administrator 

Guam Division of Public Welfare 

Mr. Gary A. Smith 

Medicaid Director 

U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Human Services 

Ms. Sandra King Young 

Medicaid Director 

American Samoa Government 

Ms. Angie Avilá 

Executive Director 

Puerto Rico State Health Insurance Administration

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