This week: markup and hearings on legislation to protect Grand Canyon, America’s public lands from Trump administration industry favoritism

Pictured: Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee.(Photo: grijalva.house.gov)

House Committee on Natural Resources and subcommittees have a full schedule of hearings this week

News Release

Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee

The Committee on Natural Resources is holding a markup next Wednesday, July 17, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time on three bills, including Chairman Raúl M. Grijalva’s (D-Ariz.) Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act, which protects 1,006,545 acres of public land surrounding the Grand Canyon from mining, as well as Rep. Ben Ray Luján’s (D-N.M.) Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act of 2019 to protect Chaco ruins and nearby landscapes from future leasing and development.

The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources will hold a hearing on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time titled Oil and Gas Development: Impacts of Business-as-Usual on the Climate and Public Health, to highlight the need for the Department of the Interior to incorporate greenhouse gas emissions into its leasing decisions so the needs of the American public are put before the demands of polluters.

The Committee’s full schedule and witness lists are available below. As with all hearings, these events are open to media and the public.

Full Committee Markup

Hearing: Markup on H.R. 1373, H.R. 2181, H.R. 3405 

When: Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time 

Where: 1324 Longworth House Office Building

Bills Considered

  • H.R. 1373 (Rep. Grijalva), To protect, for current and future generations, the watershed, ecosystem, and cultural heritage of the Grand Canyon region in the State of Arizona, and for other purposes. “Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act.”
  • H.R. 2181 (Rep. Luján), To provide for the withdrawal and protection of certain Federal land in the State of New Mexico. “Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act of 2019.”
  • H.R. 3405 (Rep. Grijalva), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to revise the Final List of Critical Minerals, and for other purposes. “Removing Uranium from the Critical Minerals List Act.” 

Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States

Hearing: Legislative Hearing on H.R. 2414, H.R. 2031, H.R. 895, H.R. 396

When: Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time

Where: 1334 Longworth House Office Building

Bills Considered

  • H.R. 2414 (Rep. Grijalva), To amend the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation Act.
  • H.R. 2031 (Rep. Haaland), To amend the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act to provide further self-governance by Indian Tribes, and for other purposes. “PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act”
  • H.R. 895 (Rep. Johnson), to allow tribal grant schools to participate in the Federal Employee Health Benefits program. “Tribal School Federal Insurance Parity Act”
  • H.R. 396 (Rep. Mullin), to provide for the equitable settlement of certain Indian land disputes regarding land in Illinois, and for other purposes.

Witness List

Panel I

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (H.R. 2414), Arizona, 3 District

Rep. Debra Haaland (H.R. 2031), New Mexico, 1 District

Rep. Dusty Johnson (H.R. 895), South Dakota, At-Large

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (H.R. 396), Oklahoma, 2 District

Panel II

Mr. Darryl LaCounte (All Bills), Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Department of the Interior

Mr. Eric D. Eberhard (H.R. 2414), Chair of the Board of Trustees,

The Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall  Foundation

The Hon. W. Ron Allen (H.R. 2031), Chairman of the Board

The Self-Governance Communication & Education Tribal Consortium

Ms. Cecelia Firethunder (H.R. 895), President,

The Oglala Lakota Nation Education Coalition

The Hon. Douglas G. Lankford (H.R. 396), Chief

The Miami Tribe of Oklahoma

Energy and Mineral Resources

Hearing: Oversight Hearing on Oil and Gas Development: Impacts of Business-as-Usual on the Climate and Public Health

When: Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at 2:00 p.m Eastern time

Where: 1324 Longworth House Office Building

Witness List

Mr. David J. Hayes

Executive Director

State Energy & Environmental Impact Center

Former Deputy Secretary of the Interior

(1999-2001; 2009-2013)

New York, NY

Mr. Jamie Williams

President

The Wilderness Society

Washington, DC

Mr. Nicolas Loris (Minority Witness)

Deputy Director

Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies and Herbert and Joyce Morgan Research Fellow

Institute for Economic Freedom

The Heritage Foundation

Washington, DC

Mr. Seth Shonkoff, PhD, MPH

Executive Director

PSE Healthy Energy

Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley

Oakland, CA

Water, Oceans and Wildlife

Hearing: Legislative Hearing on H.R. 2245

When: Thursday, July 18, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time

Where: 1324 Longworth House Office Building

Bills Considered

  • H.R. 2245 (Rep. Raúl Grijalva), “Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large Animal Trophies Act” or “CECIL Act

Witness List

Panel I: Congressional Panel

Representative Raúl Grijalva

Natural Resources Committee Chair

Arizona, 4 District

Panel II: Trophy Hunting Panel

Ms. Iris Ho

Wildlife Program Manager

Humane Society International

Washington, DC

Dr. Craig Packer

Professor, Director

Lion Research Center

University of Minnesota

Ms. Elly Pepper

Deputy Director, Wildlife Trade

Natural Resources Defense Council

Washington, DC

Dr. Mucho Mkono

Research Fellow

University of Queensland

Queensland, Australia

Ms. Catherine E. Semcer

Research Fellow

Property and Environment Research Center

Bozeman, MT

Mr. Munesushe Munodawafa

Permanent Secretary

Ministry of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry

Zimbabwe

National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands

Hearing: Legislative Hearing on H.R. 401 H.R. 1492 H.R. 1572 H.R. 2819

When: Thursday, July 18, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time

Where: 1334 Longworth House Office Building

Bills Considered

  • H.R. 401 (Rep. O’Halleran), To direct the Secretary of Agriculture to release reversionary and reserved interests in certain lands within the Coconino National Forest, Arizona. “Lowell Observatory Conveyance Act”
  • H.R. 1492 (Rep. Tipton), To update the map of, and modify the maximum acreage available for inclusion in, the Yucca House National Monument. “Yucca House National Monument Boundary Revision Act”
  • H.R. 1572 (Rep. Quigley), To promote botanical research and botanical sciences capacity, and for other purposes. “Botanical Sciences and Native Plant Materials Research, Restoration, and Promotion Act”
  • H.R. 2819 (Rep. Andy Kim), To extend the authority for the establishment of a commemorative work in honor of Gold Star Families, and for other purposes. “Gold Star Families National Monument Extension Act”

Witness List

Panel I

Rep. Mike Quigley (H.R. 1572), Illinois, 5 District

Additional Members TBD

Panel II

Administration Witnesses TBD

Panel III

Mr. W. Lowell Putnam (H.R. 401), Sole Trustee, 

Lowell Observatory

Mr. Wayne Padgett (H.R. 1572), Retired Vegetation Ecologist, 

Bureau of Land Management/U.S. Forest Service

Ms. Judith Young (H.R. 2819), Chair, 

Gold Star Mothers National Monument Foundation

Mr. Greg E. Walcher (H.R. 1572), President

Natural Resources Group

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