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Federal - S 1514

Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation (HELP) for Wildlife Act

Introduced

June 29, 2017

Description

A bill to amend certain Acts to reauthorize those Acts and to increase protections for wildlife, and for other purposes.

Our Position

Oppose

Original Sponsor 1

Co-Sponsors 10

Latest Actions See More/Less

  • Oct. 5, 2017 — Reported to the Senate with an amendment in the nature of the substitute by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar. S Rept 115-168Congressional Record p. S6358

  • July 31, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Kennedy, John (R-La.)
  • July 26, 2017 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

    July 26, 2017 — Committee Vote: Wildlife Conservation Programs — Great Lakes Science Center
      Duckworth, D-Ill. —

    Amendment that would authorize $15 million annually in fiscal 2018 through fiscal 2022 for the director of the Great Lakes Science Center to conduct monitoring, assessment, science and research to support bi-national fisheries within the Great Lakes Basin.

    The amendment also would require the director to coordinate with and work cooperatively with regional, state, tribal and local governments.

    Amendment that would authorize $15 million annually in fiscal 2018 through fiscal 2022 for the director of the Great Lakes Science Center to conduct monitoring, assessment, science and research to support bi-national fisheries within the Great Lakes Basin.

    The amendment also would require the director to coordinate with and work cooperatively with regional, state, tribal and local governments.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    July 26, 2017 — Committee Vote: Wildlife Conservation Programs — Land Grant Universities
      Inhofe, R-Okla. —

    Amendment that would allow land-grant universities to use any land owned by the institution in order to meet in-kind cost sharing requirements under federal wildlife restoration programs.

    Amendment that would allow land-grant universities to use any land owned by the institution in order to meet in-kind cost sharing requirements under federal wildlife restoration programs.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    July 26, 2017 — Committee Vote: Wildlife Conservation Programs — Polar Bear Trophies
      Sullivan, R-Alaska —

    Amendment that would allow the Interior secretary, within 30 days of the bill's enactment, to issue permits for the importation of polar bear trophies taken in sport hunts in Canada prior to May 15, 2008.

    Amendment that would allow the Interior secretary, within 30 days of the bill's enactment, to issue permits for the importation of polar bear trophies taken in sport hunts in Canada prior to May 15, 2008.

    Adopted by voice vote. Note: <p>Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., and Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., asked to be recorded as voting no on the Sullivan amendment.</p>

    July 26, 2017 — Committee Vote: Wildlife Conservation Programs — Gray Wolves
      Carper, D-Del. —

    Amendment that would strike sections of the bill that would require a final rule to de-list the gray wolf in Wyoming and the Great Lakes Region as an endangered species. It also would strike language to prohibit judicial review of the final rule to de-list the gray wolf.

    Amendment that would strike sections of the bill that would require a final rule to de-list the gray wolf in Wyoming and the Great Lakes Region as an endangered species. It also would strike language to prohibit judicial review of the final rule to de-list the gray wolf.

    Rejected 10-11.

    July 26, 2017 — Committee Vote: Wildlife Conservation Programs — Vote to Report

    Reauthorize the North American Wetlands Conservation Act programs, which provide grants to project wetlands habitats for migratory birds in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada through 2023. The bill would authorize $50 million annually for fiscal 2018 to fiscal 2022 to carry out these programs.

    It also would reauthorize the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation through 2023, which funds projects to restore and protect wildlife; promote healthy oceans; restore water for wildlife; and, advance sustainable fisheries. It also would authorize the following amounts annually for fiscal 2018 to fiscal 2022 to carry out these programs:

    • $15 million for the Interior Department;
    • $5 million for the Agriculture Department; and
    • $5 million for the Commerce Department.

    It also would authorize $6.5 million annually for fiscal 2018 through fiscal 2022 for the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act which provides grants to countries in Latin American and the Carribean for the conservation of neotropical migratory birds.

    It also would authorize $90 million annually for fiscal 2018 through fiscal 2022 for Chesapeake Bay programs, which support clean up and habitant restoration in the Chesapeake Bay and tributaries.

    It would authorize the Interior secretary, within 60 days of the bill's enactment, to de-list the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act for Wyoming and the Great Lakes Region. It also would prohibit further judicial review of these actions.

    It would limit to 10 percent of the federal funds allocated for wildlife activities the amount states are allowed to use for expanding and constructing public target ranges.

    It also would prohibit the practice of baiting of migratory birds for the purposes of hunting. It would clarify that normal agricultural practices are those activities carried out in order to produce a marketable crop, including planting, harvest, post-harvest or soil conservation practices are not considered baiting.

    Reauthorize the North American Wetlands Conservation Act programs, which provide grants to project wetlands habitats for migratory birds in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada through 2023. The bill would authorize $50 million annually for fiscal 2018 to fiscal 2022 to carry out these programs.

    It also would reauthorize the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation through 2023, which funds projects to restore and protect wildlife; promote healthy oceans; restore water for wildlife; and, advance sustainable fisheries. It also would authorize the following amounts annually for fiscal 2018 to fiscal 2022 to carry out these programs:

    • $15 million for the Interior Department;
    • $5 million for the Agriculture Department; and
    • $5 million for the Commerce Department.
    • It also would authorize $6.5 million annually for fiscal 2018 through fiscal 2022 for the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act which provides grants to countries in Latin American and the Carribean for the conservation of neotropical migratory birds.

      It also would authorize $90 million annually for fiscal 2018 through fiscal 2022 for Chesapeake Bay programs, which support clean up and habitant restoration in the Chesapeake Bay and tributaries.

      It would authorize the Interior secretary, within 60 days of the bill's enactment, to de-list the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act for Wyoming and the Great Lakes Region. It also would prohibit further judicial review of these actions.

      It would limit to 10 percent of the federal funds allocated for wildlife activities the amount states are allowed to use for expanding and constructing public target ranges.

      It also would prohibit the practice of baiting of migratory birds for the purposes of hunting. It would clarify that normal agricultural practices are those activities carried out in order to produce a marketable crop, including planting, harvest, post-harvest or soil conservation practices are not considered baiting.

      Ordered reported favorably to the full Senate (as amended) 14-7.

  • July 19, 2017 — Full committee hearing held by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

  • July 19, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Inhofe, (R-Okla.)
  • July 17, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Enzi, (R-Wyo.)Johnson, R. (R-Wis.)King, A. (I-Maine)
  • June 29, 2017 — Original cosponsor(s): 5

    Baldwin, (D-Wis.)Capito, (R-W.Va.)Klobuchar, (D-Minn.)
    Boozman, (R-Ark.)Cardin, (D-Md.)
  • June 29, 2017 — Read twice and referred to: Senate Environment and Public Works.Congressional Record p. S3858