NEXT WEEK: House Democrats Hold Markup, Field Hearing, Three Subcommittee Legislative Hearings

Washington, D.C. – The Committee on Natural Resources is holding a markup next Wednesday, September 18, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time on a broad range of bills that include several species and habitat conservation efforts, among others.

The Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee; the National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subcommittee; and Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States will hold legislative hearings.

Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee Chair Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) is hosting a field hearing in Wildwood, N.J., with Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ) titled “Examining the Benefits and Potential Challenges for New Jersey's Growing Offshore Wind Industry” on Monday, September 16, 2019 at 10 a.m. Eastern.

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

Full Committee Markup

Hearing: Markup on multiple bills

When: Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at 10 a.m. Eastern time

Where: 1324 Longworth House Office Building


Bills Considered


H.R. 182 (Rep. Keating), To extend the authorization for the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission.

H.R. 263 (Rep. Suozzi), To rename the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge as the Congressman Lester Wolff Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

H.R. 473 (Rep. Neguse), To authorize the Every Word We Utter Monument to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs, and for other purposes.

H.R. 560 (Rep. Sablan), To amend section 6 of the Joint Resolution entitled “A Joint Resolution to approve the Covenant To Establish a Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in Political Union with the United States of America, and for other purposes.” “Northern Mariana Islands Residents Relief Act.”

H.R. 737 (Rep. Sablan), To prohibit the sale of shark fins, and for other purposes. “Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act of 2019.”

H.R. 1023 (Rep. 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. 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. 1314 (Rep. 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. 1380 (Rep. Quigley), To amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to clarify provisions enacted by the Captive Wildlife Safety Act, to further the conservation of certain wildlife species, and for other purposes. “Big Cat Public Safety Act.”

H.R. 1446 (Rep. Clay), 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 2019.”

H.R. 2189 (Rep. 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 inform and improve local, State, regional, and Federal capacities to manage the coastal region, and for other purposes. “Digital Coast Act.”

H.R. 2245 (Rep. Grijalva), To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to prohibit import and export of any species listed or proposed to be listed under such Act as a threatened species or endangered species, and for other purposes. “CECIL Act” or “Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large Animal Trophies Act.”

H.R. 2405 (Rep. 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. Case), To amend the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps Act of 2002 to make certain changes to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s commissioned officer corps, and for other purposes. “National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps Amendments Act of 2019.

H.R. 2490 (Rep. Fortenberry), To amend the National Trails System Act to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility of designating the Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail, and for other purposes.

H.R. 2819 (Rep. Kim) To extend the authority for the establishment of a commemorative work in honor of Gold Star Families, and for other purposes. “Gold Star Families National Monument Extension Act.”


Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States

Hearing: Legislative Hearing on H.R. 1312, S. 216, H.R. 3846, H.R. 4153

When: Thursday, September 19, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time

Where: 1324 Longworth House Office Building

Bills Considered

  • H.R. 1312 (Rep. Jared Huffman), To recognize tribal cooperation in the environmental review of proposed actions affecting the revised Yurok Reservation, and for other purposes. “Yurok Lands Act of 2019”
  • S. 216 (Sen. Maria Cantwell), To provide for equitable compensation to the Spokane Tribe of Indians of the Spokane Reservation for the use of tribal land for the production of hydropower by the Grand Coulee Dam, and for other purposes. "Spokane Tribe of Indians of the Spokane Reservation Equitable Compensation Act
  • H.R. 3846 (Rep. Ben Ray Lujan), To enhance protections of Native American tangible cultural heritage, and for other purposes. “Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act of 2019
  • H.R. 4153 (Rep. Ro Khanna), To amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to authorize urban Indian organizations to enter into arrangements for the sharing of medical services and facilities, and for other purposes. “Health Care Access for Urban Native Veterans Act

Witness List

Panel I – Administration                                                                  

The Hon. Tara Sweeney (H.R. 1312, S. 216, H.R. 3846) [INVITED]

Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs

U.S. Department of the Interior

Washington, D.C.

Ms. Sonya Baskerville (S. 216)
Manager, National Relations

Bonneville Power Administration

Portland, OR

Rear Adm. Chris Buchanan (H.R. 4153)
Deputy Director, Indian Health Service
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Rockville, MD


Panel II – Expert Witnesses

The Hon. Joe James (H.R. 1312)
Chairman, The Yurok Tribe

Klamath, CA

The Hon. Garth Sundberg, Sr. (H.R. 1312)

Chairman, Trinidad Rancheria

Trinidad, CA

The Hon. Carol Evans (S. 216)
Chairwoman, Spokane Tribe of Indians

Wellpinit, WA

The Hon. Timothy Manchego (H.R. 3846)

Governor, Pueblo of Santa Ana

Pueblo of Santa Ana, NM

Ms. Sonya M. Tetnowski (H.R. 4153)

CEO, Santa Clara Valley Indian Health Center

San Jose, CA


Energy and Mineral Resources

Hearing: Legislative Hearing on H.R. 496, H.R. 2485, H.R. 2640, H.R. 4026, H.R. 4299

When: Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time

Where: 1334 Longworth House Office Building

Bills Considered

  • 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. 2485 (Rep. Kind), To require the Secretary of the Interior to develop and maintain a cadastre of Federal real property. “Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform Act of 2019”
  • H.R. 2640 (Rep. Haaland), To withdraw certain Bureau of Land Management land from mineral development.“Buffalo Tract Protection Act”
  • H.R. 4026 (Rep. Fulcher), To amend the Geothermal Steam Act of 1970 to promote timely exploration for geothermal resources under geothermal leases, and for other purposes. Enhancing Geothermal Production on Federal Lands Act.”
  • H.R. 4299 (Rep. Velázquez), To reauthorize the National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program Act of 2005 through 2024. “Data Preservation Act of 2019”

Witness List

Panel I

Rep. Debra Haaland (H.R. 2640)

New Mexico, 1st District

Rep. Darren Soto (H.R. 496)

Florida, 7th District


Panel II

Rich Ortt (H.R. 496, H.R. 2485, H.R. 4299)

Maryland State Geologist

President, Association of American State Geologists (AASG)

Allyson K. Anderson Book (H.R. 496, H.R. 2485, H.R. 4299)

Executive Director

American Geosciences Institute

John Palatiello (H.R. 496, H.R. 2485, H.R. 4299)


Partner, Miller Wenhold Capitol Strategies, LLC/John M. Palatiello & Associates, Inc.

Minority witnesses to be announced

National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands

Hearing: Legislative Hearing on H.R. 3458 and H.R. 3879

When: September 19, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time

Where: 1324 Longworth House Office Building

Bills Considered

  • H.R. 3458 (Rep. Bishop), To promote innovative approaches to outdoor recreation on Federal land and to increase opportunities for collaboration with non-Federal partners, and for other purposes. “Recreation Not Red Tape”
  • H.R. 3879 (Rep. Haaland), To modify the procedures for issuing special recreation permits for certain public land units, and for other purposes. “Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation (SOAR) Act”

Witness List

Panel I

Congressional Panel, Members to be confirmed

Panel II

Ms. Leah Baker

Acting Assistant Director

Resources and Planning

Bureau of Land Management

U.S. Department of the Interior

Mr. Chris French

Deputy Chief

U.S. Forest Service

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Mr. Matt Wade

Advocacy & Policy Director

American Mountain Guides Association

Ms. Robin Chiles

Director, Admissions and Outreach


YMCA Camping & Outdoor Leadership

Mr. Matt Baker-White

Acting Director

Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions

Mr. David Brown

Senior Consultant

America Outdoors Association

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