Hearings for Week of May 6 to Focus on Ocean Legislation, Wildfire Oversight and Resilience, Mining Law Reform

Washington, D.C. – The Committee on Natural Resources will hold three hearings during the week of May 6.

On Wednesday, May 9, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time, the Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife will hold a legislative hearing on nine oceans bills that enjoy bipartisan support.

As communities across the nation are preparing for the summer fire season, the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands will conduct an oversight hearing on wildfire resilience on Thursday, May 9, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time. The focus will be on protecting communities from wildfire risks, which are increasing due to climate change across vast swathes of the country.

The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources is holding a hearing on Thursday, May 9, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time focused on revising the antiquated Mining Law of 1872. This nearly 150-year-old law, written in the days of the independent pick-and-shovel prospector, still sets the rules for giant corporations mining gold, silver, copper, and other metals from America’s public lands. The law was designed to give away public land and minerals for virtually no cost, or even for free, and is long overdue for serious reform.

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

Hearing: Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Legislative Hearing on H.R. 417, H.R. 1023, H.R. 1218, H.R. 1240, H.R. 1314, H.R. 1979, H.R. 2189, H.R. 2405, and H.R. 2406

When: Wednesday, May 8, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time

Where: Longworth 1324

Livestream: TBA

Bills Considered

  • H.R. 417 (Rep. Darren Soto), To amend title 18, United States Code, to establish measures to combat invasive lionfish, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 1023 (Rep. Mike Quigley), To authorize the Director of the United States Geological Survey to conduct monitoring, assessment, science, and research, in support of the binational fisheries within the Great Lakes Basin, and for other purposes, “Great Lakes Fishery Research Authorization Act of 2019.”
  • H.R. 1218 (Rep. Don Young), To establish the American Fisheries Advisory Committee to assist in the awarding of fisheries research and development grants, and for other purposes, “American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act.”
  • H.R. 1240 (Rep. Don Young), To preserve United States fishing heritage through a national program dedicated to training and assisting the next generation of commercial fishermen, “Young Fishermen’s Development Act of 2019.”
  • H.R. 1314 (Rep. Don Young), To reauthorize the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009, and for other purposes, “Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act Amendments of 2019.”
  • H.R. 1979 (Rep. Ted Lieu), To improve the management of driftnet fishing, “Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act.”
  • H.R. 2189 (Rep. C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger), To require the Secretary of Commerce, acting through the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to establish a constituent-driven program to provide a digital information platform capable of efficiently integrating coastal data with decision-support tools, training, and best practices and to support collection of priority coastal geospatial data to
  • H.R. 2405 (Rep. Jared Huffman), To reauthorize and amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act, and for other purposes, “National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2019.”
  • H.R. 2406 (Rep. Ed Case), To reauthorize and amend the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps Act of 2002, and for other purposes, “National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps Amendments Act of 2019.”

Witness List

Dr. Seth Moore (H.R. 1023)

Director of Biology and Environment

Grand Portage Band of Chippewa

Ms. Molly McCammon (H.R. 1314 and H.R. 2405)

Executive Director

Alaska Ocean Observing System

Mr. Bill Shedd (H.R. 1979)

President, American Fishing Tackle Company

Testifying on behalf of:

American Sportfishing Association,

Coastal Conservation Association, and

International Game Fish Association

Mr. Gary Burke (H.R. 1979)

Board of Directors

Commercial Fishermen of Santa Barbara

Ms. Sarah Newkirk (H.R. 2189)

Director of Disaster Resilience

The Nature Conservancy

Dr. Zachary L. Penney (H.R. 2405)

Fishery Science Department Manager

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission


Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands

Hearing: Wildfire Resilient Communities

When: Thursday, May 9, at 10 a.m. Eastern time

Where: Longworth 1324

Livestream: TBA

Witness List

Ms. Patti Hirami

Acting Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry

U.S. Forest Service

Dr. Ray Rasker

Executive Director

Headwaters Economics

Dr. Steve Quarles

University of California Cooperative Extension Advisor Emeritus and

Chief Scientist (retired), Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety

Mr. Marko Bey

Executive Director and Co-Founder

Lomakatsi Restoration Project


Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources

Hearing: The Long Overdue Need to Reform the Mining Law of 1872

When: Thursday, May 9, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time

Where: Longworth 1334

Livestream: TBA

Bills Considered

  • H.R. ___ (Rep. Grijalva): The Hardrock Leasing and Reclamation Act of 2019

Witness List

The Honorable Edward D. Manuel


Tohono O’odham Nation

Mr. Colin Davis


Yellowstone Gateway Business Coalition

Ms. Gwen Lachelt

County Commissioner

La Plata County, Colorado

Mr. Robert D. Comer

Partner and Co-Head of Mining, United States

Norton Rose Fulbright

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