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Federal - HR 2245

Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large Animal Trophies (CECIL) Act, H.R. 2245

Introduced

April 10, 2019

Description

A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to prohibit import and export of any species listed or proposed to be listed under such Act as a threatened species or endangered species, and for other purposes.

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Original Sponsor 1

Co-Sponsors 56

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  • Nov. 8, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Beyer (D-Va.)
  • Oct. 22, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Smith, Adam (D-Wash.)
  • Oct. 21, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Lowey, (D-N.Y.)Yarmuth, (D-Ky.)
  • Oct. 18, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Spanberger, (D-Va.)
  • Oct. 17, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    DeSaulnier, (D-Calif.)Eshoo, (D-Calif.)Titus, (D-Nev.)
  • Oct. 16, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Crist, (D-Fla.)Hayes, (D-Conn.)
  • Oct. 15, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Chu, (D-Calif.)Pascrell (D-N.J.)
  • Oct. 11, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 5

    Carson, (D-Ind.)Scanlon, (D-Pa.)Swalwell, (D-Calif.)
    Connolly, (D-Va.)Shalala, (D-Fla.)
  • Oct. 8, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 7

    Blumenauer, (D-Ore.)Mucarsel-Powell, (D-Fla.)Wasserman Schultz, (D-Fla.)
    Carbajal, (D-Calif.)Pocan, (D-Wis.)
    Maloney, C. (D-N.Y.)Schiff, (D-Calif.)
  • Oct. 4, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Castor, (D-Fla.)DelBene, (D-Wash.)
  • Sept. 26, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Neguse, (D-Colo.)Quigley, (D-Ill.)
  • Sept. 18, 2019 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Natural Resources Committee.

    Sept. 18, 2019 — Committee Vote: Importation of Endangered Species — Import of Elephant and Lion Sport Hunted Trophy
      McClintock, R-Calif. —

    Amendment to the Grijalva, D-Ariz., substitute amendment that would remove language from the bill that would prohibit the Interior secretary from issuing a permit for the import of a sport-hunted trophy of an elephant or lion taken in Tanzania, Zimbabwe or Zambia.

    Amendment to the Grijalva, D-Ariz., substitute amendment that would remove language from the bill that would prohibit the Interior secretary from issuing a permit for the import of a sport-hunted trophy of an elephant or lion taken in Tanzania, Zimbabwe or Zambia.

    Rejected 17-18.

    Sept. 18, 2019 — Committee Vote: Importation of Endangered Species — Rural African Communities
      Lamborn, R-Colo. —

    Amendment to the Grijalva, D-Ariz., substitute amendment that would prohibit the bill from taking effect until the Interior secretary certifies, after public notice and comment, that the bill would not negatively impact the economies of rural African communities.

    Amendment to the Grijalva, D-Ariz., substitute amendment that would prohibit the bill from taking effect until the Interior secretary certifies, after public notice and comment, that the bill would not negatively impact the economies of rural African communities.

    Rejected 16-19.

    Sept. 18, 2019 — Committee Vote: Importation of Endangered Species — Net Wildlife Habitat Loss
      Lamborn, R-Colo. —

    Amendment to the Grijalva, D-Ariz., substitute amendment that would prohibit the bill from taking effect until the Interior secretary certifies, after public notice and comment, that the bill would not lead to a net wildlife habitat loss through increased commercial development of lands currently preserved for wildlife habitat in countries where sport hunting occurs.

    Amendment to the Grijalva, D-Ariz., substitute amendment that would prohibit the bill from taking effect until the Interior secretary certifies, after public notice and comment, that the bill would not lead to a net wildlife habitat loss through increased commercial development of lands currently preserved for wildlife habitat in countries where sport hunting occurs.

    Rejected 16-19.

    Sept. 18, 2019 — Committee Vote: Importation of Endangered Species — Substitute Amendment
      Grijalva, D-Ariz. —

    Substitute amendment that would eliminate language from the bill that would direct the Interior secretary to publish notice in the Federal Register of each application, under the bill, for an exemption or permit for an endangered or threatened species.

    Substitute amendment that would eliminate language from the bill that would direct the Interior secretary to publish notice in the Federal Register of each application, under the bill, for an exemption or permit for an endangered or threatened species.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    Sept. 18, 2019 — Committee Vote: Importation of Endangered Species — Vote to Report

    Amend the 1973 law that governs conservation of endangered species (PL 93-205) to prohibit the import and export of any species listed or proposed to be listed under the law as a threatened species or endangered species.

    The bill would authorize the Interior secretary to issue permits for exceptions to prohibited acts, specifically to allow for:

    • The import into or export from the U.S. of any species listed or proposed to be listed as a threatened species or endangered species as an exemption to a prohibited act, when deemed necessary for the establishment and maintenance of experimental populations.
    • The import of sport-hunted trophies of a threatened or endangered species.

    The bill also would require the secretary, before issuing any permit to authorize the import of sport-hunted trophies of a threatened or endangered species, to determine whether the country where the animal was killed adequately provides and actively implements a management plan for the conservation and monitoring for that species, including a management plan for that species based on the best available science that would:

    • Address existing threats to the species.
    • Provide a significant conservation benefit to the species.
    • Formally coordinate with adjacent countries to protect trans-boundary populations.
    • Demonstrate transparency, accountability, and verifiability in governance to ensure that any benefits of trophy hunting, including revenue from such taking, substantially benefits the conservation of that species.
    • Hunting of the species in such country would enhance the propagation or survival of the species.

    The bill also would prohibit the secretary from authorizing permits for the import of a sport-hunted trophy of an elephant or lion taken in Tanzania, Zimbabwe or Zambia.

    It also would prohibit the secretary from authorizing permits for the import of a sport-hunted trophy unless the applicant pays all administrative costs incurred by the U.S. for processing the permit application.

    The bill also would terminate the International Wildlife Conservation Council at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which advises the secretary on issues including anti-poaching programs and wildlife trafficking.

    It also would require the Government Accountability Office, within six months of the bill's enactment, to conduct a study and submit a report to Congress on the effectiveness of trophy hunting in supporting international wildlife conservation efforts, containing:

    • A detailed analysis of how permit fees and other payments from hunters to government entities and hunting guides in host countries are applied to tangible actions supporting the conservation of the target species and other wildlife.
    • The identification of data gaps and recommendations for information that hunters and host countries must submit to verify the impacts of trophy hunting on wildlife conservation efforts.
    • Recommendations for the Interior Department and Congress to ensure that trophy hunting contributes to conservation.

    As amended, the bill also would not require the Interior secretary to publish notice in the Federal Register of each application for an exemption or permit under the bill for an endangered or threatened species.

    Amend the 1973 law that governs conservation of endangered species (PL 93-205) to prohibit the import and export of any species listed or proposed to be listed under the law as a threatened species or endangered species.

    The bill would authorize the Interior secretary to issue permits for exceptions to prohibited acts, specifically to allow for:

    • The import into or export from the U.S. of any species listed or proposed to be listed as a threatened species or endangered species as an exemption to a prohibited act, when deemed necessary for the establishment and maintenance of experimental populations.
    • The import of sport-hunted trophies of a threatened or endangered species.
    • The bill also would require the secretary, before issuing any permit to authorize the import of sport-hunted trophies of a threatened or endangered species, to determine whether the country where the animal was killed adequately provides and actively implements a management plan for the conservation and monitoring for that species, including a management plan for that species based on the best available science that would:

    • Address existing threats to the species.
    • Provide a significant conservation benefit to the species.
    • Formally coordinate with adjacent countries to protect trans-boundary populations.
    • Demonstrate transparency, accountability, and verifiability in governance to ensure that any benefits of trophy hunting, including revenue from such taking, substantially benefits the conservation of that species.
    • Hunting of the species in such country would enhance the propagation or survival of the species.
    • The bill also would prohibit the secretary from authorizing permits for the import of a sport-hunted trophy of an elephant or lion taken in Tanzania, Zimbabwe or Zambia.

      It also would prohibit the secretary from authorizing permits for the import of a sport-hunted trophy unless the applicant pays all administrative costs incurred by the U.S. for processing the permit application.

      The bill also would terminate the International Wildlife Conservation Council at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which advises the secretary on issues including anti-poaching programs and wildlife trafficking.

      It also would require the Government Accountability Office, within six months of the bill's enactment, to conduct a study and submit a report to Congress on the effectiveness of trophy hunting in supporting international wildlife conservation efforts, containing:

    • A detailed analysis of how permit fees and other payments from hunters to government entities and hunting guides in host countries are applied to tangible actions supporting the conservation of the target species and other wildlife.
    • The identification of data gaps and recommendations for information that hunters and host countries must submit to verify the impacts of trophy hunting on wildlife conservation efforts.
    • Recommendations for the Interior Department and Congress to ensure that trophy hunting contributes to conservation.
    • As amended, the bill also would not require the Interior secretary to publish notice in the Federal Register of each application for an exemption or permit under the bill for an endangered or threatened species.

      Ordered reported favorably to the full House (as amended) 19-16.

  • Sept. 18, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    McGovern, (D-Mass.)
  • Sept. 17, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Davis, S. (D-Calif.)Schakowsky, (D-Ill.)Soto, (D-Fla.)
  • Sept. 6, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Underwood, (D-Ill.)
  • Aug. 23, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Johnson, H. (D-Ga.)
  • Aug. 13, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Dean, (D-Pa.)McCollum, (D-Minn.)
  • July 18, 2019 — Subcommittee hearing held by the House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife.

  • July 9, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Hastings, (D-Fla.)Murphy, S. (D-Fla.)
  • June 12, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Garcia, (D-Ill.)Haaland, (D-N.M.)Malinowski, (D-N.J.)
  • May 30, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    DeFazio, (D-Ore.)
  • May 22, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Brownley, (D-Calif.)
  • May 16, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 4

    Huffman, (D-Calif.)Lee, B. (D-Calif.)
    Kuster, (D-N.H.)Lofgren, (D-Calif.)
  • April 10, 2019 — Original cosponsor(s): 9

    Boyle, (D-Pa.)Lieu, (D-Calif.)Moulton, (D-Mass.)
    Cartwright, (D-Pa.)Lowenthal, (D-Calif.)Napolitano, (D-Calif.)
    Cohen, (D-Tenn.)Lynch, (D-Mass.)Norton, (D-D.C.)
  • April 10, 2019 — Read twice and referred to: House Foreign Affairs, House Natural Resources, House Ways and Means.Congressional Record p. H3254