01.14.22

Livestreams Next Week: Committee Markup on Wednesday, Wildlife and Conservation Bills and Offshore Fossil Fuel Leasing on Thursday

Washington, D.C. – The Natural Resources Committee is holding three livestreamed events next week.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19

The full Committee, led by Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), will hold a markup on the following bills:

• H.R. 268 (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.

• H.R. 441 (Young), To provide for the conveyance of certain property to the Tanana Tribal Council located in Tanana, Alaska, and for other purposes.

• H.R. 1415 (Kilmer), To amend the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 to authorize grants to Indian Tribes to further achievement of Tribal coastal zone objectives, and for other purposes. Tribal Coastal Resiliency Act.

• H.R. 2512 (Estes), To amend the National Trails System Act to designate the Chisholm National Historic Trail and the Western National Historic Trail, and for other purposes. Chisolm National Historic Trail and Western National Historic Trail Designation Act.

• H.R.2551 (Curtis), To designate and adjust certain lands in the State of Utah as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System, and for other purposes. Bonneville Shoreline Trail Advancement Act

• H.R. 2773 (Dingell), To amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to make supplemental funds available for management of fish and wildlife species of greatest conservation need as determined by State fish and wildlife agencies, and for other purposes. Recovering America’s Wildlife Act of 2021.

• H.R. 2793 (S.P. Maloney), To reauthorize the Highlands Conservation Act, to authorize States to use funds from that Act for administrative purposes, and for other purposes. Highlands Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2021.

• H.R. 2872 (Cartwright), To establish an integrated national approach to respond to ongoing and expected effects of extreme weather and climate change by protecting, managing, and conserving the fish, wildlife, and plants of the United States, and to maximize Government efficiency and reduce costs, in cooperation with State, local, and Tribal Governments and other entities, and for other purposes. SAFE Act; or, Safeguarding America's Future and Environment Act.

• H.R. 3228 (Velázquez), To direct the Secretary of Commerce, acting through the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to improve science, data, and services that enable sound decision making in response to coastal flood risk, including impacts of sea level rise, storm events, changing Great Lakes water levels, and land subsidence. National Coastal Resilience Data and Services Act.

• H.R. 4009 (Norton), To authorize the Georgetown African American Historic Landmark Project and Tour to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs, and for other purposes. Georgetown Waterfront Enslaved Voyages Memorial Act.

• H.R. 4358 (Buchanan), To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the Little Manatee River as a component of the Wild and Scenic Rivers System, and for other purposes. Little Manatee Wild and Scenic River Act. • H.R. 4380 (Escobar), To designate the El Paso Community Healing Garden National Memorial, and for other purposes.

• H.R. 4404 (Soto), To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the Kissimmee River in the State of Florida as a component of the Wild and Scenic Rivers System, and for other purposes. Kissimmee River Wild and Scenic River Act.

• H.R. 5118 (Neguse), To direct the Secretary of Agriculture to prioritize the completion of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, and for other purposes. Continental Divide Trail Completion Act.

When: 10:00 a.m. Eastern time

Watch Live: https://youtu.be/zkdVypz79s8

THURSDAY, JAN. 20

Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife

The Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife, led by Chair Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), will hold a legislative hearing on the following bills:

• H.R. 1546 (Carter) To amend the Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt Wildlife Trafficking Act of 2016 to direct the Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking to develop recommendations to address wildlife trafficking on the internet and on social media, and to direct the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development to develop a strategy to address wildlife trafficking on the internet and on social media, and for other purposes. Combating Online Wildlife Trafficking Act of 2021.

• H.R. 3540 (Sarbanes) To reauthorize the Chesapeake Bay Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and for other purposes. Chesapeake Bay Science, Education, and Ecosystem Enhancement Act of 2021.

• H.R. 4057 (Lowenthal) To implement the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels, and for other purposes. Albatross and Petrel Conservation Act.

• H.R. 4092 (Huffman) To authorize the Secretary of the Interior, through the Coastal Program of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, to work with willing partners and provide support to efforts to assess, protect, restore, and enhance important coastal areas that provide fish and wildlife habitat on which Federal trust species depend, and for other purposes. Coastal Habitat Conservation Act of 2021.

• H.R. 4677 (Tonko) To direct restoration and protection of the New York-New Jersey watersheds and estuaries hydrologically connected to New York-New Jersey Harbor, and for other purposes. New York-New Jersey Watershed Protection Act. • H.R. 4716 (Nadler) To end the use of body-gripping traps in the National Wildlife Refuge System, and for other purposes. Refuge From Cruel Trapping Act of 2021.

• H.R. 5973 (Dingell) To reauthorize the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act of 1990, and for other purposes. Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Reauthorization Act of 2021.

• H.R. 6023 (Costa) To require the United States Postal Service to continue selling the Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semipostal Stamp until all remaining stamps are sold, and for other purposes. Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semipostal Stamp Reauthorization Act of 2021.

• H.Res. 641 (Newhouse Recognizing and celebrating the 75th anniversary of the National Association of Conservation Districts and their commitment to our lands.

Witnesses

Panel I: Congressional Panel

• Rep. Debbie Dingell, Michigan, 12th District

• Rep. Alan Lowenthal, California, 47th District

• Rep. Paul Tonko, New York, 20th District

• Rep. Jim Costa, California, 16th District

• Rep. John Sarbanes, Maryland, 3rd District

• Rep. Jerrold Nadler, New York, 10th District

• Rep. Dan Newhouse, Washington, 4th District

• Rep. Earl “Buddy” Carter, Georgia, 1st District

• Other Members of Congress TBD

Panel II: Administration Panel

• Mr. Stephen Guertin, Deputy Director for Policy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Panel III: Expert Witness Panel

• Ms. Kira Davis, Program Director, Conservation Resource Alliance

• Dr. Allison Colden, Maryland Senior Fisheries Scientist, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

• Mr. Andy Bicking, Director of Government Relations and Public Policy, Scenic Hudson

• Minority Witness TBD

When: 10:00 a.m. Eastern time

Watch Live: https://youtu.be/6247HDFHcX4

Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources

The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, led by Chair Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), will hold an oversight hearing titled, What More Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Leasing Means for Achieving U.S. Climate Targets. The Biden administration has set several ambitious U.S. emissions targets, including a 50-52% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 (as compared to 2005 levels) and a net-zero economy no later than 2050. Despite these goals, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) held an 80-million-acre oil and gas lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico on November 17, 2021. Federal oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico already produce nearly 20% of the carbon pollution from DOI-managed lands and waters.

The Biden administration’s November lease sale sold off another 308 tracts, totaling approximately 1.7 million acres. Continuing to hold massive and frequent offshore oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf is antithetical to U.S. climate goals and the Biden administration’s efforts to address historical inequities in nearby environmental justice communities. With DOI’s current five-year oil and gas leasing program coming to an end this year, the Department has the opportunity to establish a new program that will curb future leasing, ensure that companies pay for their climate pollution, and mitigate impacts on communities in the Gulf Coast Region where drilling, refining, and processing occurs.

Witnesses

• Dr. Beverly L. Wright, Executive Director, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice; Co-Chair, National Black Environmental Justice Network; Member, White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council

• Mr. Max Sarinsky, Senior Attorney, Institute for Policy Integrity, New York University School of Law

• Dr. Kristina Dahl, Senior Climate Scientist, Climate & Energy Program, Union of Concerned Scientists

• Lucian (Lou) Pugliaresi, President, Energy Policy Research Foundation, Inc. (Minority Witness)

When: 12:00 p.m. Eastern time

Watch Live: https://youtu.be/douRVH2Lne8

Press Contact

Media Contact: David Shen (202) 225-6065 or (202) 860-6494 mobile