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Committee Advances Tribal Energy Legislation, Slate of Conservation, Public Lands and Fishery Bills

Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed eight bills, H.R. 3593 (U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La.), H.R. 5025 (U.S. Rep. Amua Amata Coleman Radewagon, R-American Samoa), H.R. 6507 (U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Penn.), H.R. 6602 (U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J.), H.R. 6652 (U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash.), H.R. 6939 (U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.), S. 245 (U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.) and S. 669 (U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.).

“These bills advance the Committee’s longstanding goals of increasing access to public lands, empowering local and tribal communities to manage their resources, and limiting federal overreach. As this Congress comes to a close, I’m proud to have worked with my colleagues in advancing this legislation,” Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) said.  

H.R. 3593 amends the Wilderness Act to authorize U.S. Customs and Border Protection to conduct certain activities to secure the international land borders of the United States.

H.R. 5025 amends the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act to limit the imposition of penalties against a person fishing on a United States flag fishing vessel in certain areas of the Pacific Ocean based on a report by an observer on such a vessel.

H.R. 6507 amends the Oil Region National Heritage Area Act to reauthorize the Oil Region National Heritage Area.

H.R. 6602 reauthorizes the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route.

H.R. 6652 directs the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain facilities, easements, and rights-of-way to the Kennewick Irrigation District.

H.R. 6939 protects and ensures multiple use and public access to public lands in Wyoming per the request of the respective counties.

S. 245 amends the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self Determination Act of 2017.

S. 669 authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to assess sanitation and safety conditions at Bureau of Indian Affairs facilities that were constructed to provide affected Columbia River Treaty tribes access to traditional fishing grounds and expend funds on construction of facilities and structures to improve those conditions.