Protect our Air, Water, & Public Lands - Call Your Reps & Senators!
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Thanks for viewing this google spreadsheet! We hope the info here helps you understand and keep track of some of the recent bills being considered in the House & Senate that impact our public lands & environment. We will keep organizing bills as they are introduced so they are in one place & easier to track, so please check back often. Here's an outline of what this document contains:
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1This tab outlines the bills and resolutions that should be opposed. That are prioritized according to degree of urgency (if they are being discussed this week), and significance.
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2The second tab outlines bills that are in various stages of lawmaking, that are worth supporting.
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3The third tab shows each pertinent committee in the House and Senate so you can see at a glance who sits on each one their rank, and if they belong to relevent subcommittees
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4The fourth tab contains the names, phone numbers, and committee membership of all senators and representatives (organized alphabetically by state)
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5The fifth tab contains information on bills that are not directly actionable. They have either passed, or have been withdrawn.
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6The sixth tab contains website resources to help you keep track of legislation important to you. This is where we are getting most of our information.
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Please call your representatives and senators to protest these bills, or the chairman and members of each committee (even if you don't live in the affected states) to tell them why you value clean air, clean water, and access to public lands! Thanks again! #Resist! NOTE: PLEASE PLACE INDIVIDUAL CALLS OR EMAILS FOR EACH BILL OF CONCERN IN ORDER TO MAXIMIZE IMPACT. Calls get categorized on the basis of 1 key issue for the rep/senator to address.
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If you have any suggestion on legislation to follow, or corrections to make to this page, please e-mail us at science.legislation@gmail.com
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PriorityBillWhat will it do?What stage is it?Who Proposed it?Contact info:Who else to call (refer to Committees or Congresspeople tabs of this document for contact info):
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URGENTH.R. 637"Stopping EPA Overreach Act of 2017" Would strip EPA of many regulatory powers, such as the ability to regulate pollutants/greenhouse gassesReferred to subcommittee on Water Resources & Environment (1/25/2017)Gary Palmer (R) ALMembers of House Energy & Commerce Committee
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*NOTE: This bill is up to 120 co-sponsers, it's getting dangerously close to having enough support to pass through the house. Members of House Agricultural Committee
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Members of House Natural Resources Committee
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Members of Transportation & Infrastructure - Water Resources & Environment subcommittee
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Find out if your representative is a cosponsor!
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URGENTH.R. 621Would have authorized the sale of current publicly available BLM lands in 10 states that are used for hunting, camping, recreation, paleontology research, habitat conservation, & species conservation. Would impact several endangered species, historical/cultural/paleontological resources, and grazing leases for ranchers. States impacted:AZ, CO, ID, MT, NE, NV, NM, OR, & UTWas supposedly withdrawn, but has been advanced to Subcommittee (2/10/2017)Jason Chaffetz (R) UT202-225-7751Natural Resources - Federal Lands subcommittee
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This bill was supposedly withdrawn by Chaffetz but has moved to subcommittee.
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H.J.Res.69Undoes a rule that limits predator control (hunting of wolves and bears) to when deemed scientifically/ecologically necessary and limits hunting methods to exlcude hunting mothers with cubs and hunting via aircraft or using traps or snares.Passed House. (2/16/2017)Rep. Don Young (R-AK)202-225-5765 Senators!
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H.R.953Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017. Removes the requirement for a permit for pesticide application near navigable waters.Approved by House committee. Sent House Floor (2/16/2017)Bob Gibbs (R-OH-7)202-225-6265 Your representative!
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HighH.R.958Wasteful EPA Programs Elimination Act. Eliminate all funding for ozone and greenhouse gas regulation/research by the EPA and eliminates regional offices. Similar to H.R.637.Referred to 4 committees: Science, Space & Technology; Energy & Commerce; Agriculture; Transportation & Infrastructure (2/7/2017)Sam Johnson (R-TX-3)202-225-4201 Members of House Agricultural Committee
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Here's a pdf of the full textMembers of House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
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Members of House Energy & Commerce Committee
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Members of House Committee on Science, Space, & Technology
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HighH.R. 232Creates a 10-year window in which states can purchase up to 2 million acres (per state) of Forest Service land for timber harvest and mining.Sent to 3 House subcommittees: Energy and Mineral Resources (NR), Federal Lands (NR), Conservation & Forestry (Ag) 2/10/2017Rep. Don Young (R-AK)202-225-5765Members of House Subcommittee on Conservation & Forestry (within House Agriculture Committee)
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Members of Natural Resources - Federal Lands subcommittee
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Members of Natural Resources - Energy and Mineral Resources
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HighH.J.Res.44Negates an update to a BLM rule which would allow greater local public participation in Federal land management planning projects. Passed house and sent to Senate. (2/7/2017)Liz Cheney (R) WY220-225-2311Senators
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HighH. J. Res 36Loosens regulation of natural gas emissions at oil & gas operations on public lands. Here is a summary of the rule changes:Passed House and sent to senate (2/3/2017)Rob Bishop (R) UT202-225-0453Senators
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http://www.pennstateshalelaw.com/2017/01/shale-gas-in-spotlight-blm-releases.html
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HighH.J. Res 46Negates a 2016 update to a 1978 National Park Service rule (81 Fed. Reg. 77972) that regulates drilling in national parks. This rule included requirements for previously grandfathered oil/gas operations to meet modern standards, and reopens a loophole that allows operations to avoid reclamation costs.Referred to the House Natural Resources Committee (1/30/2017)Paul Gosar (R) AZ202-225-2315Members of House Natural Resources Committee
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Here's a detailed summary of all the rule changes that would be undone by H.J. Res 46
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Here is the full NPS drilling rule
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H.R.482Prevents the use of federal funding to gather, access, or otherwise use geospatial data regarding racial distribution and affordable housing distribution when making HUD zoning decisions.Sent to House Committee on Financial Services (1/12/2017)Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ-4)202-225-2315Members of the House Committee on Financial Services
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H.R.673Prohibits the US from providing funds to UN climate change programs such as the IPCC.Sent to House committee on foreign affairs (1/24/2017)Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO-3)202-225-2956 Members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs
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HighH.R.717 Listing Reform Act. Amends the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to allow a species to be denied listing because of economic burden unless there is dire risk of extinction. It also prevents prioritization of petitions to add species to the list over petitions to remove species from the list.Sent to House Committee on Natural Resources (1/27/2017)Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX-22)202-225-5951Members of House Natural Resources Committee
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HighH.R.527Would prohibit the greater sage grouse's status from being altered until September 2027. The greater sage grouse was denied listing as a threatened/endangered species in 2015, though prior to that was categorized as "warranted, but precluded".Sent to House Committee on Natural Resources (1/13/2017)Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT-1)202-225-0453Members of House Natural Resources Committee
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Information on the Greater Sage Grouse
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HighS.33Changes the process of creating a National Monument to require congressional approval. It currently only requires an executive order.Referred to senate committee on Energy and Nat. Resources (1/5/2017)Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)(202) 224-6665Members of Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
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*Has 27 Senate cosponsors
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HighH.R. 861Terminates the EPA.Referred to 4 house committees: Natural Resources, Agriculture, Transportation & Infrastructure, Energy & Commerce (2/3/2017)Matt Gaetz (R) FL202-225-4136 Members of House Committee on Science, Space, & Technology
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Members of House Agricultural Committee
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Members of House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
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Members of House Energy & Commerce Committee
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HighH.R. 899Fulltext of the bill: “The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018.”referred to house committe on Education & The Workforce (2/7/2017)Thomas Massie (R) KY202-225-3465Members of House Education & The Workforce Committee
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HighH.R. 622Terminates law enforcement function of Forest Service and BLM. Effectively makes regulation of these lands by the proper organizations impossible. Will lead to mismanagement of land, degradation of land and eventually, facilitate passage of bills to sell public lands, similar to H.R. 621.Referred to 2 subcommittees: Federal lands (NR), Conservation & Forestry (Ag) 2/13/2017Jason Chaffetz (R) UT202-225-7751
Members of Natural Resources - Federal Lands subcommittee
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Members of House Subcommittee on Conservation & Forestry (within House Agriculture Committee)
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HighH.R. 424Removes federal protections for grey wolves (pulls them from endangered species list) and removes protected habitat for wolves in Minnesota, Michigan, & in the Yellowstone Experimental Protection AreaReferred to House Committee of Natural Resources (1/10/2016)Collin Peterson (D, MN, 7)202-225-2165Members of House Committee of Natural Resources
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