Livestreams Next Week: Ocean-Based Climate Legislation on Tuesday, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland In-Person Hearing on Wednesday

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

Tuesday, June 22

The full Committee, led by Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), will hold a legislative hearing on his Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act (H.R. 3764), which will include a discussion of multiple bills included in the larger vehicle. Grijalva introduced H.R. 3764 on June 8.

The following bills are part of the agenda and are contained in whole or in part within the text of H.R. 3764:

  • H.R. 660 (Rep. Stacey Plaskett, D-Virgin Islands) To require the Secretary of Commerce to establish a grant program to benefit coastal habitats, resiliency, and the economy, and for other purposes. Shovel-Ready Restoration Grants for Coastlines and Fisheries Act of 2021
  • H.R. 1415 (Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash.) 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. 1689 (Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon, R-P.R.) To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to apply to territories of the United States, to establish offshore wind lease sale requirements, to provide dedicated funding for coral reef conservation, and for other purposes. Offshore Wind for Territories Act
  • H.R. 2750 (Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore.) To establish an Interagency Working Group on Coastal Blue Carbon, and for other purposes. Blue Carbon for Our Planet Act
  • H.R. 3160 (Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine) To amend the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 to establish a Working Waterfront Task Force and a working waterfronts grant program, and for other purposes. Keep America's Waterfronts Working Act
  • H.R. 3228 (Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y.) 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. 3692 (Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Calif.) To amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to direct the Secretary of Commerce to establish a climate impact management plan for the conservation of certain marine mammal species, and for other purposes. Marine Mammal Climate Change Protection Act
  • H.R. 3748 (Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore.) To improve data collection and monitoring of the Great Lakes, oceans, bays, estuaries, and coasts, and for other purposes. BLUE GLOBE ACT
  • H.R. 3817 (Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla.) To allow coastal States to participate in regional ocean partnerships with one or more other coastal States that share a common ocean or coastal area with the coastal State to conserve living resources, expand and protect valuable habitats, enhance coastal resilience, and address such other issues related to the shared ocean or coastal area as are determined to be a shared, regional priority by those States. Regional Ocean Partnership Act
  • H.R. 3864 (Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Md.) To express the sense of Congress that the Chesapeake Bay Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shall be the primary representative of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the Chesapeake Bay, to require the Secretary of the Commerce, acting through the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to provide grants supporting research on the conservation, restoration, or management of oysters in estuarine ecosystems, and for other purposes. Chesapeake Bay Oyster Research Act
  • H.R. 3892 (Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va.) To improve the National Oceans and Coastal Security Act, and for other purposes. National Oceans and Coastal Security Improvements Act
  • H.R. 3906 (Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif.) To establish a Blue Carbon program to conserve and restore marine and coastal blue carbon ecosystems, and other purposes. Blue Carbon Protection Act


Panel I: Congressional Panel

  • Representatives to be confirmed

Panel II: Administration Panel

  • Stephen Guertin

Deputy Direct for Policy

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

  • Nicole LeBoeuf

Acting Administrator, National Ocean Service

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Panel III: Expert Witness Panel

  • Hon. Chris Lee

State Senator, Hawaii State Legislature (learn more here)

  • Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Co-Founder, Urban Ocean Lab (learn more here)

  • Marce Gutiérrez-Graudi?š

Founder and Executive Director, Azul (learn more here)

  • Minority witness to be announced

When: 3:00 p.m. Eastern time

Watch Live: https://youtu.be/7Dr9F9fDRBo

Wednesday, June 23

The full Committee, led by Chair Grijalva, will hold an in-person oversight hearing with Interior Secretary Deb Haaland titled Examining the Department of the Interior’s Spending Priorities and the President’s Fiscal Year Budget 2022 Proposal. The hearing, which will include some Committee members joining remotely, will be the first time Sec. Haaland has appeared before the Committee since the Senate confirmed her on March 15.

There is no available seating for credentialed reporters in the hearing room due to space constraints, but the Longworth House Office Building is open to the public. Under recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the Office of the Attending Physician, face coverings are required for non-fully-vaccinated and vaccine-indeterminate individuals meeting in any indoor U.S. House of Representatives space.

When: 10:00 a.m. Eastern time

Where: 1324 Longworth House Office Building

Watch Live: https://youtu.be/iL6b6Nk-4uI

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