The TRCP’s scouting report on sportsmen’s issues in Congress
The Senate is in session this week. The House is not in session, but a field hearing is planned.
On your mark. Get set. And go, already. After many postponements, the mark-up of a portion of the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act will proceed on Wednesday in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. (Reminder: The other half of the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act was cleared by the Energy and Natural Resources Committee by voice vote in November.) The bill before the committee includes a reauthorization of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, TSCA reform related to lead fishing tackle, and several other provisions. Both bills are eventually expected to be considered on the Senate floor together.
Potential positive amendments that may come up during the mark-up include reauthorization of the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act, reauthorization of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the National Fish Habitat Conservation Act. However, TRCP has joined many of our partner groups in opposing a very short-sighted trapping amendment that may be offered by Senator Booker (D-NJ).
It also looks increasingly likely that the Energy Policy Modernization Act, a bipartisan energy package passed by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in July, will receive Senate floor time in the near future. Should this legislation pass, the Senate will be able to conference with the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act, which the House passed in early December.
Last Wednesday, the House passed a resolution of disapproval of the Clean Water Rule that seeks to clarify the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act. The President is expected to veto the resolution as early as this week.
Meanwhile, the Senate will spend the bulk of the week on legislation that would ‘pause’ the entry of Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the United States.
What We’re Tracking
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Energy of the near future, with a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on future outlooks for energy and commodity markets
Friday, January 22, 2016
Multi-use resource management on public lands. Local input on legal consistency and BLM planning will be heard in a series of House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands field hearings in St. George, Utah.