Next Week’s Hearings Tackle Trump Administration Wildlife Rollbacks and Lead the Transition to Clean Offshore Energy

Washington, D.C. – The Committee on Natural Resources will hold two hearings during the week of June 10. Our Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife will hold a legislative hearing on various bills that would help rebuild our nation’s water infrastructure and wildlife, including strengthening the Migratory Bird Protection Act, ensuring safety for birds after the Trump administration’s decision to roll back protections. The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources will host a legislative hearing on H.R. 3068, a bill that pushes the transition towards a clean energy economy by creating a federal grant program to provide training for American workers to get jobs harnessing the power of offshore wind energy.


Witness lists are available below. As with all hearings, these events are open to media and the public.


Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources 

Hearing: Building a 21st Century American Offshore Wind Workforce

When: Tuesday, June 11, at 10 a.m. Eastern time

Where: Longworth 1324

  • H.R. 3068 (Rep. Keating), To establish an offshore wind career training grant program, and for other purposes. “Offshore Wind Jobs and Opportunity Act” 

Witness List

Dr. Stephanie McClellan

Director, Special Initiative on Offshore Wind

University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean and Environment

Newark, DE

Mr. Michael Williams

Interim Co-Executive Director

BlueGreen Alliance

Washington, DC

Dr. Christopher Hart

President and Managing Director

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, LLC


Head of US Offshore Wind Development

EDF Renewables North America

Houston, TX

Ms. Lisa Linowes (Minority Witness)

Executive Director

Windaction Group

Lyman, NH

Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife

Hearing: Legislative hearing on H.R. 967, H.R. 1162, H.R. 1446, H.R. 1976, H.R. 2473, H.R. 2685 

When: Thursday, June 13, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time

Where: Longworth 1324

Bills Considered

  • H.R. 967 (Rep. Greg Gianforte), To authorize the construction of the Musselshell-Judith Rural Water System and study of the Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority System in the States of Montana and North Dakota, and for other purposes. “Clean Water for Rural Communities Act.”
  • H.R. 1162 (Rep. Grace Napolitano), To establish a grant program for the funding of water recycling and reuse projects, and for other purposes. “Water Recycling Investment and Improvement Act.”
  • H.R. 1446 (Rep. Wm. Lacy 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. 1976 (Rep. Dan Kildee), To require the Director of the United States Geological Survey to perform a nationwide survey of perfluorinated compounds, and for other purposes. “PFAS Detection Act of 2019.”
  • H.R. 2473 (Rep. Josh Harder), To promote water supply reliability and improved water management for rural communities, the State of California, and the Nation, and for other purposes. “Securing Access for the central Valley and Enhancing (SAVE) Water Resources Act.”
  • H.R. 2685 (Rep. Jeff Van Drew), To amend the Wild Bird Conservation Act of 1992 to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2020 through 2025, and for other purposes. “Wild Bird Conservation Act”
  • Discussion Draft H.R. ___ (Rep. Alan Lowenthal), “Migratory Bird Protection Act of 2019”  

Witness List

Panel I: Congressional Panel

Representative Wm. Lacy Clay (H.R. 1446)

Missouri, 1st District 

Representative Jeff Van Drew (H.R. 2685)

New Jersey, 2nd District

Representative Josh Harder (H.R. 2473)

California, 10th District

Panel II: Wildlife bills (H.R. 1446, H.R. 2685, Migratory Bird Protection Act Discussion Draft)

Mr. Paul Schmidt

Consulting for Conservation

Retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Palmyra, VA 

Dr. Amanda D. Rodewald

Garvin Professor; Senior Director of Conservation Science

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Ithaca, NY 

Panel III: Water bills (H.R. 967, H.R. 1162, H.R. 1976, H.R. 2473)

Mr. Grayford Payne

Deputy Commissioner, Policy, Administration, and Budget

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Mr. Steve Sliver

MPART Executive Director

Dept. of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Lansing, MI  

Mr. John D. S. Allen

Board President

Water Replenishment District of Southern California

Lakewood, CA

Ms. Anthea G. Hansen

General Manager

Del Puerto Water District

Patterson, CA 

Hon. Brett R. Barbre


Municipal Water District of Orange County

Yorba Linda, CA 

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