04.03.17

THIS WEEK IN COMMITTEE: Republicans Pushing to Build a Road Through a National Refuge

This week’s hearing in the Federal Lands Subcommittee features a bill by Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) to authorize construction of a road through the Izembek National Refuge, a congressionally designated wilderness area deemed a “Wetland of International Importance.” Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency that manages the refuge, evaluated the impacts of the road and determined that it would do irreparable ecological damage to the refuge and the wildlife species that depend on its unique habitat. Despite the assessment of a thorough and transparent federal analysis, Republicans are still pushing to greenlight the road. Democrats will argue that moving forward with a road through the middle of a wilderness area is without precedent and unwarranted, and is another example of House Republicans chipping away at our public lands.

COMMITTEE'S SCHEDULE

Tuesday, April 4
  • Water, Power and Oceans Subcommittee: Hearing on three bills - expanding a hydroelectric project, exempting flounder fishing from federal fishery regulations and amending a hydropower development rule - at 10 a.m. in Longworth 1324
Wednesday, April 5