Livestreams This Week: Renewable Energy Transmission and Fishery Bills on Tuesday, Committee Markup on Wednesday

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



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, Plugging in Public Lands: Transmission Infrastructure for Renewable Energy.

Public lands and waters are home to tremendous renewable energy resources. During several hearings earlier this year, the subcommittee explored opportunities for wind, solar, and geothermal to create new American jobs, support local economies, and provide for a just and equitable transition away from fossil fuels. Smart transmission planning is key to unlocking these benefits and bringing clean electricity from public lands into homes and businesses.  

The Department of the Interior must have a seat at the table as Congress, the Biden administration, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission continue working to advance responsible clean energy transmission build-out. Interior must ensure that transmission infrastructure on public lands and waters minimizes environmental impacts, respects input from tribes and local communities, benefits American taxpayers, and supports continued expansion of clean energy on public lands. 


Panel I

  • Ms. Janea Scott, Counselor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior


Panel II

  • Mr. Robert Busch, Chairman, New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority
  • Ms. Janice Fuller, President, Mid-Atlantic, Anbaric Development Partners
  • Ms. Yvonne McIntyre, Director, Federal Electricity and Utility Policy, Climate & Clean Energy Program, Natural Resources Defense Council 
  • Mr. Pius Fischer, Vice President, Basin Electric Power Cooperative


When: 10:00 a.m. Eastern time

Watch Live: https://youtu.be/tX6iH8ktoWw


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. 59 (Young), To amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide flexibility for fishery managers and stability for fishermen, and for other purposes. Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act.

·          H.R. 4690 (Huffman), To reauthorize and amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, and for other purposes. Sustaining America’s Fisheries for the Future Act of 2021.

·          H.R. 5770 (Dingell), To improve the management of forage fish. Forage Fish Conservation Act of 2021.



Panel I: Administration and Government Witnesses

  • Ms. Janet Coit, Assistant Administrator, National Marine Fisheries Service and Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Deputy Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Mr. Marc Gorelnik, Chair of Council Coordination Committee and Chair of Pacific Fishery Management Council 


Panel II: Expert Witnesses

  • Ms. Mary Peltola, Executive Director, Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
  • Ms. Meredith Moore, Director, Fish Conservation Program, Ocean Conservancy
  • Mr. John Pappalardo, CEO, Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance, Inc. 
  • Dr. Willy Goldsmith, Executive Director, American Saltwater Guides Association
  • Dr. William J. Aila, Chairman, Hawaiian Homes Commission
  • Dr. Sean Powers, School of Marine & Environmental Sciences, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, University of South Alabama
  • Mr. Shannon Carroll, Associate Director of Public Policy, Trident Seafoods


When: 2:00 p.m. Eastern time

Watch Live: https://youtu.be/qG-i6dKCJM8





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


  • H.R. 404 (Lieu), To improve the management of driftnet fishing. Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act of 2021.
  • H.R. 667 (Ruiz), To authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the Indian Health Service, to acquire private land to facilitate access to the Desert Sage Youth Wellness Center in Hemet, California, and for other purposes. Desert Sage Youth Wellness Center Access Improvement Act.
  • H.R. 1931 (Matsui), To provide competitive grants for the promotion of Japanese American confinement education as a means to understand the importance of democratic principles, use and abuse of power, and to raise awareness about the importance of cultural tolerance toward Japanese Americans, and for other purposes. Japanese American Confinement Education Act.
  • H.R. 2026 (Jeffries), To assist in the conservation of highly endangered amphibian species in foreign countries, and for other purposes. Global Amphibian Protection Act of 2021.
  • H.R. 2793 (Sean Patrick 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. 3128 (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 of 2021.
  • H.R. 3197 (Mike Johnson), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey to the City of Eunice, Louisiana, certain Federal land in Louisiana, and for other purposes. Save the Liberty Theatre Act of 2021.
  • H.R. 3326 (Mike Levin), To promote the development of renewable energy on public lands, and for other purposes. Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act of 2021.
  • H.R. 3531 (Norton), To authorize the Women Who Worked on the Home Front Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs, and for other purposes. Women Who Worked on the Home Front World War II Memorial Act.
  • H.R. 3600 (LaHood), To amend the National Trails System Act to designate the Route 66 National Historic Trail, and for other purposes. Route 66 National Historic Trail Designation Act.
  • H.R. 4494 (Trone), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acquire land in Frederick County, Maryland, for the Historic Preservation Training Center of the National Park Service, and for other purposes. Frederick Jobs and Historic Preservation Training Center Land Acquisition Act.
  • H.R. 4648 (Mike Johnson), To modify the boundary of the Cane River Creole National Historical Park in the State of Louisiana, and for other purposes. Cane River Creole National Historical Park Boundary Modification Act.
  • H.R. 4706 (Tony Gonzales), To establish the Blackwell School National Historic Site in Marfa, Texas, and for other purposes. Blackwell School National Historic Site Act.
  • H.R. 5001 (Neguse), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to continue to implement endangered fish recovery programs for the Upper Colorado and San Juan River Basins, and for other purposes. Upper Colorado and San Juan River Basins Recovery Act.
  • H.R. 5345 (Blake Moore), To authorize the Director of the United States Geological Survey to establish a regional program to assess, monitor, and benefit the hydrology of saline lakes in the Great Basin and the migratory birds and other wildlife dependent on those habitats, and for other purposes. Saline Lake Ecosystems in the Great Basin States Program Act of 2021.
  • S. 2923 (Wicker), A bill to improve the Fishery Resource Disaster Relief program of the National Marine Fisheries Service, and for other purposes. Fishery Resource Disasters Improvement Act.


When: 10:00 a.m. Eastern time 

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

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