Republicans Want to Open our Public Places to More Oil and Gas Drilling to Reduce DOI’s Maintenance Backlog

Republicans are holding a hearing tomorrow at 10 a.m. to promote gimmicks and trickery under the guise of addressing a serious issue - deferred maintenance on public lands. Addressing the more than $16 billion of deferred maintenance across the Department of the Interior (DOI) will require a dedicated source of funding and significant investment from Congress. Instead of putting forward real solutions to this challenge, the administration and its allies on the committee have proposed non-starters such as punitive fee hikes that will decrease access and discourage parks visitations, and funding mechanisms that incentivize energy extraction on public lands. As Ranking Member Grijalva has made clear, “We don’t need ‘innovative ideas’ to address our unfunded maintenance needs. We need Congress to do its job and fund our agencies. Instead of trying to ‘innovate’ our way around a problem that doesn’t have to exist, let’s give national park and forest managers the money they need and let them do their jobs." 

These maneuvers will have long-term consequences to the management and sustainability of our public lands and will do little to address the long-term maintenance needs of our federal lands. 


Tuesday, March 06

  • Full Committee: Oversight hearing on DOI's maintenance backlog at 10:00 a.m. in Longworth 1324

Wednesday, March 07

  • Full Committee: Markup of three bills at 10:15 a.m. in Longworth 1324
    • H.R. 520 - 'Threatening Water Resources, Disenfranchising Communities' Act
      • We oppose this bill and anticipate that it will pass on the House floor but will not advance in the Senate
    • H.R. 4731 - To extend the retained use estate for the Caneel Bay resort in St. John, United States Virgin Islands, and for other purposes
    • H.R. 5133 - To reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act, and for other purposes