03.13.17

THIS WEEK IN COMMITTEE - Undermining the Antiquities Act: Round 1 - Marine Monuments

On Wednesday, Committee Republicans are holding a hearing to continue their assault on the Antiquities Act. This hearing will focus on Republicans' false claims that our past two presidents, Barack Obama and George W. Bush, overreached when they used the Act to create national marine monuments. This is clearly a coordinated effort by Committee Republicans and outside groups to undermine the Antiquities Act, but will be framed as a defense of fishermen and fishing communities they claim are being harmed by marine monument designations. In reality, marine monuments have had minimal impacts on the fishing industry and the fishing community. Science shows that marine reserves actually protect vulnerable ecosystems, benefit sustainable fisheries, and provide an important buffer against the impacts of climate change.

On Thursday, the Committee is holding a hearing to identify innovative solutions to fund and manage the infrastructure and maintenance needs of the National Park Service within the Department of the Interior, and the U.S. Forest Service within the Department of Agriculture. Years of chronic underfunding and congressional neglect have led to billions of dollars in deferred maintenance. Despite the fact that park visitation and economic impacts have soared, House Republicans have repeatedly failed to invest in our parks infrastructure.

COMMITTEE'S SCHEDULE

Wednesday, March 15

Water, Power and Oceans Subcommittee Hearing: "Examining the Creation and Management of Marine Monuments and Sanctuaries" (a.k.a. Undermining the Antiquities Act: Round 1 - Marine Monuments) at 10 a.m. in Longworth 1324

Thursday, March 16

Federal Lands Subcommittee Hearing: "Identifying Innovative Infrastructure Ideas for the National Park Service and Forest Service" (a.k.a. How to Fix Bridges with Everything but Money) at 10 a.m. in Longworth 1324