This Week in Committee: Floor Vote on a Bill that Would Drive the Pacific Northwest's Salmon Runs Closer to Extinction
The House is voting on H.R. 3144 on Wednesday – also known as the Columbia River Salmon Extinction Act – which will drive the Pacific Northwest’s salmon runs closer to extinction. Federal agencies have been ordered by the courts to develop a new salmon recovery plan to bring back dwindling salmon populations. H.R. 3144 attempts to mandate an outdated recovery plan that won’t recover salmon and that has been deemed illegal by federal courts.
Ranking Member Grijalva opposes the bill for the following reasons:
- Conservationists say it violates bedrock environmental laws including the Endangered Species Act.
- Businesses and trade groups say it will cause significant economic harm to commercial and recreational fishing, guiding and outdoor retail businesses, and other industries that rely on functioning ecosystems.
- Tribal interests say it will have detrimental impacts on tribal fisheries.
- The Governors of Washington and Oregon say it will have adverse impacts on collaborative efforts to recover salmon.
Wednesday, April 25
- Full Committee: Oversight Hearing on the National Environmental Policy Act at 2:00 p.m. in Longworth 1324
- House Floor Vote: House voting on H.R. 3144
Thursday, April 26
- Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources: Oversight hearing on offshore drilling revenue sharing at 10:00 a.m. in Longworth 1324
- Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs: Legislative hearing on two bills at 2:00 p.m. in Longworth 1324:
- H.R. 211 Chugach Region Study
- H.R. 5317 Tribal Distilleries
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