Oversight of Trump budget, Oak Flat impacts, full Committee markup

Pictured: U.S. Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ-03), Chair, Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee.(Photo: grijalva.house.gov)

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Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States to discuss the cultural impacts of copper mining in Native communities

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Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee

The Committee on Natural Resources will hold three hearings and a markup this week.

On Tuesday, March 10, the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands will meet at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time in Longworth 1324 for an oversight hearing on the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2021 budget proposal for the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service. Also on March 10, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources will meet in Longworth 1324 for an oversight hearing on the administration’s budget request for the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, and U.S. Geological Survey.

On Wednesday, March 11, the full Committee will meet at 10:00 a.m. in Longworth 1324 for a markup on 11 bills.

On Thursday, March 12, the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States will meet at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time in Longworth 1324 to discuss the cultural impacts of copper mining in Native communities, with a focus on the Resolution Copper mining proposal near Superior, Ariz. That project is widely opposed in Indian Country, including by local tribes that would be most directly impacted. A nearby area known as Oak Flat is listed on the National Register of Historic Places due to its cultural importance to several Native American communities.

The Committee’s full schedule and witness lists as of release time are available below. As with all hearings and markups, these events are open to media and the public. The events will be livestreamed at http://facebook.com/nrdems.

Full Committee Markup

When: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time

Where: 1324 Longworth House Office Building

Bills Considered

  • H.R. 139 (Rep. Rodney Davis), To establish the Springfield Race Riot National Historic Monument in the State of Illinois, and for other purposes. “Springfield Race Riot National Historic Monument Act.”
  • H.R. 1162 (Rep. Napolitano), To establish a grant program for the funding of water recycling and reuse projects, and for other purposes. “Water Recycling Investment and Improvement Act.”
  • H.R. 2473 (Rep. Harder), To promote water supply reliability and improved water management for rural communities, the State of California, and the Nation, and for other purposes. “Securing Access for the central Valley and Enhancing (SAVE) Water Resources Act.”
  • H.R. 3094 (Rep. Soto), To designate the National Pulse Memorial located at 1912 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida, 32806, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 3250 (Rep. Danny K. Davis), To require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the sites associated with the life and legacy of the noted American philanthropist and business executive Julius Rosenwald, with a special focus on the Rosenwald Schools, and for other purposes. “Julius Rosenwald and the Rosenwald Schools Act of 2019.”
  • H.R. 3349 (Rep. Doggett), To authorize the Daughters of the Republic of Texas to establish the Republic of Texas Legation Memorial as a commemorative work in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes. “Republic of Texas Legation Memorial Act.”
  • H.R. 3723 (Rep. Mike Levin), To promote desalination project development and drought resilience, and for other purposes. “Desalination Development Act.”
  • H.R. 4153 (Rep. Khanna), To amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to authorize urban Indian organizations to enter into arrangements for the sharing of medical services and facilities, and for other purposes. “Health Care Access for Urban Native Veterans Act.”
  • H.R. 4891 (Rep. Torres Small), To provide for the conduct of certain water security measures in the Western United States, and for other purposes. “Western Water Security Act of 2019.”
  • H.R. 5068 (Rep. Norton), To authorize the Women Who Worked on the Home Front Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs, and for other purposes. “Women Who Worked on the Home Front World War II Memorial Act.”
  • H.R. 5126 (Rep. Garret Graves), To require individuals fishing for Gulf reef fish to use certain descending devices, and for other purposes. “Direct Enhancement of Snapper Conservation and the Economy through Novel Devices Act of 2019” or the “DESCEND Act of 2019.”

Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Oversight Hearing

Hearing: Examining the Spending Priorities and Missions of the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management

When: Tuesday, March 10, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time

Where: 1324 Longworth House Office Building

Witness List

Ms. Victoria Christiansen

Chief
U.S. Forest Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Additional witnesses to be announced

Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Oversight Hearing

Hearing: Examining the Policies and Priorities of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

When: Tuesday, March 10, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time

Where: 1324 Longworth House Office Building

Witness List

Mr. Scott Angelle

Director

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

U.S. Department of the Interior

Dr. Walter Cruickshank

Acting Director

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

U.S. Department of the Interior

Additional witnesses to be announced

Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States Hearing

Hearing: The Irreparable Environmental and Cultural Impacts of the Proposed Resolution Copper Mining Operation

When: Thursday, March 12, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time

Where: 1324 Longworth House Office Building

Witness List

Ms. Naelyn Pike

Youth Organizer
Apache Stronghold

San Carlos, AZ

The Honorable Wendsler Nosie, Sr.

Founder
Apache Stronghold

San Carlos, AZ

The Honorable Arthur L. Blazer

Former Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Mescalero, NM

Mr. Kevin Allis
Chief Executive Officer

National Congress of American Indians

Washington, D.C.


Dr. Steven Emerman

Owner
Malach Consulting

Spanish Fork, Utah

Dr. James Wells
Chief Operating Officer

L. Everett & Associates

Santa Barbara, CA

The Honorable Roy Chavez

Chair
Concerned Citizens and Retired Miners Coalition

Superior, AZ 

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