DC Legislative Update
April 12-16, 2021
- House Natural Resources Committee
- Tuesday, April 13 at 1pm EST: Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States legislative hearing on the “Save Oak Flat Act”
- Thursday, April 15 at 2pm EST: Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources hearing on “Building Back Better: Creating Jobs and Reducing Pollution by Plugging and Reclaiming Orphaned Wells”
- Senate Appropriations Committee
- Tuesday, April 13 at 2pm EST: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies hearing “to examine the President’s proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2022 for the National Science Foundation and securing US Competitiveness.”
- Wednesday, April 14 at 2pm EST: Subcommittee on Homeland Security hearing on “The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response to COVID-19 and other challenges”
- Senate Homeland Security Committee
- Wednesday, April 14 at 10am EST: Hearing on “Preparedness for COVID-19: The Initial Pandemic Response and Lessons Learned.”
- House Appropriations Committee
- Wednesday, April 14 at 10am EST: “The National Science Foundation’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget ”
- Wednesday, April 14 at 10am EST: Subcommittee on Agriculture hearing on “The U.S. Department of Agriculture – The Year Ahead.”
- Thursday, April 15 at 10am EST: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science hearing, “Increasing Risks of Climate Change and NOAA’s Role in Providing Climate Services.”
- Thursday, April 15 at 2pm EST: Subcommittee on Interior and Environment hearing on the “U.S. Forest Service FY22 Budget Request.”
- Thursday, April 15 at 2pm EST: “Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request for the Department of Transportation”
- House Financial Services Committee
- Wednesday, April 14 at 10am EST: Hearing on “Build Back Better: Investing in Equitable and Affordable Housing Infrastructure.”
- Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
- Wednesday, April 14 at 10am EST: “Business meeting to consider S.914, to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to reauthorize programs under those Acts; to be immediately followed by a hearing to examine the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund, focusing on lessons learned from the Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives Program and other user-based revenue solutions, and how funding uncertainty affects the highway programs.”
- Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
- House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
- Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
- Thursday, April 15 at 10am EST: “Hearing to Examine the Role of the DOE and Energy Innovation in American Economic Competitiveness.”
- House Energy and Commerce Committee
- Thursday, April 15 at 10:30am EST: Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change hearing on “The CLEAN Future Act and Environmental Justice: Protecting Frontline Communities.” Other pieces of legislation under consideration include H.R. 501, the “Climate Smart Ports Act,” and H.R. 862, the “Climate Action Planning for Ports Act of 2021.”
- Senate Budget Committee
- Thursday, April 15 at 11am EST: Hearing to examine the cost of inaction on climate
- House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis
- Thursday, April 15 at 12pm EST: Hearing on” Making the Case for Climate Action: The Growing Risks and Costs of Inaction.”
- On March 26, Congress passed a bipartisan, NWF supported resolution from Senators Portman & Hirono designating April as National Native Plants Patrick Fitzgerald, NWF’s Senior Director of Community Wildlife, provided a quote for the Senators’ press release, see here.
- On April 1, Senators Coons, Heinrich, and Lujan introduced a bill to create a 21st-century Civilian Climate Corps that aims to employ millions of young Americans to restore and protect public lands and waters. See NWF’s press release here
- On March 25, Senator Markey and Congresswoman Dingell introduced the Climate Change Education Act to expand NOAA’s climate change education The link to NWF’s press release is here.
- On March 24 the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted unanimously to advance the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act which seeks to expand nation-wide access to clean drinking water. See here for NWF’s press
- On March 31, the Biden administration released a jobs and infrastructure plan to “Create Jobs, Resilient Communities, [and a] ‘Visionary’ Civilian Climate ” See NWF’s press release here.
- The Executive Branch has turned focus to offshore wind by committing to work with stakeholders and partners to protect wildlife and advance environmental justice on future projects. See here for NWF’s Twitter
- Last week, the Administration released their fiscal year 2022 discretionary budget request with specific provisions to highlight the all-of-government approach to climate change and related See the White House’s notice here.
- See here for President Biden’s comprehensive list of Executive orders to address COVID, the climate crisis, and environmental justice, among other
What’s happening this week?
- On Monday, April 12 at 4pm EST the National Wildlife Federation, Atlantic Council Global Energy Center, and Reimagine Appalachia are hosting a congressional briefing to discuss the role of climate infrastructure investments in Appalachia.
- This and next week, NWF’s Public Lands team is hosting staff and affiliates in a virtual fly-in to discuss legislative and restoration and resilience priorities as part of upcoming legislation and larger infrastructure
- NWF expects a Senate confirmation vote on Brenda Mallory to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality early this Mallory’s confirmation was advanced on March 24 following an 11-9 vote from the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
- Congress is turning attention to address surface and natural infrastructure priorities, appropriations, and reconciliation. NWF will continue working with Members and conducting virtual meetings, emphasizing organizational recommendations from our newest Restoration and Resilience report – located here and in our press release here,