NEXT WEEK: Full Committee Markup, Legislative Hearing on Sustainable Fisheries

Washington, D.C. – The Committee on Natural Resources will hold a markup on Wednesday, Jan. 15. On Tuesday, Jan. 14, our Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee will hold a legislative hearing on six bills that make our oceans and fisheries more sustainable in the face of manmade threats.

The Committee’s full schedule and witness lists are available below. As with all hearings and markups, these events are open to media and the public.

The events will be livestreamed at http://facebook.com/nrdems.


Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife

Hearing: Legislative hearing on H.R. 1834, H.R. 2236, H.R. 4679, H.R. 4723, H.R. 5126, H.R. 5548

When: Tuesday, January 14, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time

Where: 1324 Longworth House Office Building

Bills Considered

  • H.R. 1834 (Rep. Francis Rooney) To direct the Secretary of Commerce to issue regulations prohibiting the use of sunscreen containing oxybenzone or octinoxate in a National Marine Sanctuary in which coral is present, and for other purposes. “Defending Our National Marine Sanctuaries from Damaging Chemicals Act of 2019.”
  • H.R. 2236 (Rep. Dingell) To improve the management of forage fish. “Forage Fish Conservation Act.”
  • H.R. 4679 (Rep. Cunningham) To require the Comptroller General of the United States to submit to Congress a report examining efforts by the Regional Fishery Management Councils, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and the National Marine Fisheries Service to prepare and adapt United States fishery management for the impacts of climate change, and for other purposes. “Climate-Ready Fisheries Act of 2019.”
  • H.R. 4723 (Rep. Huffman) To require the identification of salmon conservation areas, and for other purposes. “Salmon Focused Investments in Sustainable Habitats Act of 2019” or “Salmon FISH Act of 2019.”
  • H.R. 5126 (Rep. Garret Graves) To require individuals fishing for Gulf reef fish to use certain descending devices, and for other purposes. “Direct Enhancement of Snapper Conservation and the Economy through Novel Devices Act of 2019” or “DESCEND Act of 2019.”
  • H.R. 5548 (Rep. Huffman) To improve the Fishery Resource Disaster Relief program of the National Marine Fisheries Service, and for other purposes. “Fishery Failures: Urgently Needed Disaster Declarations Act” or “Fishery FUNDD Act.”


Witness List

Panel I: Congressional Sponsors

Representative Francis Rooney (H.R.1834)

Representative Joe Cunningham (H.R. 4679)

Representative Debbie Dingell (H.R. 2236)

Representative Garret Graves (H.R. 5126)

Representative Jared Huffman (H.R. 4723, H.R. 5548)

Panel II: Administration 

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

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 

Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere

Deputy NOAA Administrator

Washington, D.C.

Panel III: Experts

Frankie Myers (H.R. 5548)

Vice Chairman

Yurok Tribe

Klamath, CA

Matthew Clifford (H.R. 4723)

Staff Attorney, California Water Project

Trout Unlimited

Emeryville, CA 

Kellie Ralston (H.R. 1834, H.R. 2236, H.R. 4679, H.R. 5126, H.R. 5548)

Southeast Fisheries Policy Director

American Sportfishing Association

Tallahassee, FL

Andre Monette (H.R. 4723)

Managing Partner

Best Best & Krieger LLP

Washington D.C. 


Full Committee Markup

When: Wednesday, January 15, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time

Where: 1324 Longworth House Office Building

Bills Considered

  • H.R. 306 (Rep. Hice), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the site of the Kettle Creek Battlefield Study Act in Wilkes County, Georgia, and adjacent property, and for other purposes. “Kettle Creek Battlefield Study Act.”
  • H.R. 496 (Rep. Soto), To direct the Director of the United States Geological Survey to establish a program to map zones that are at greater risk of sinkhole formation, and for other purposes. “Sinkhole Mapping Act of 2019” 
  • H.R. 895 (Rep. Dusty Johnson), To allow tribal grant schools to participate in the Federal Employee Health Benefits program. “Tribal School Federal Insurance Parity Act”
  • H.R. 1702 (Rep. Steube), To waive the application fee for any special use permit for veterans demonstrations and special events at war memorials on Federal land, and for other purposes. “Free Veterans from Fees Act” 
  • H.R. 2640 (Rep. Haaland), To withdraw certain Bureau of Land Management land from mineral development. “Buffalo Tract Protection Act” 
  • H.R. 3068 (Rep. Keating), To establish an offshore wind career training grant program, and for other purposes. “Offshore Wind Jobs and Opportunity Act” 
  • H.R. 3160 (Rep. O’Halleran), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to take certain land located in Pinal County, Arizona, into trust for the benefit of the Gila River Indian Community, and for other purposes.“Blackwater Trading Post Land Transfer Act.”
  • H.R. 3465 (Rep. Napolitano), To authorize the Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs, and for other purposes. “Fallen Journalists Memorial Act of 2019” 
  • H.R. 4248 (Rep. Cartwright), To amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to allow the Secretary of the Interior to delegate certain emergency reclamation activities to the States and Tribes, and for other purposes. “Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act Amendments of 2019” 
  • H.R. 5552 (Rep. Lowenthal), To amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to affirm that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act’s prohibition on the unauthorized take or killing of migratory birds includes incidental take by commercial activities, and to direct the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to regulate such incidental take, and for other purposes. “Migratory Bird Protection Act of 2020”

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