Shark, wildlife bills get hearing

Mar 24, 2019

The Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife holds a legislative hearing Tuesday on two of my bills. H.R. 737, the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act of 2019, expands on a Marianas conservation law to ban the trade in shark fins nationwide. It has strong bipartisan support and 170 cosponsors. H.R. 1809 amends the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act and the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act to give state-share funding to each non-state area—an increase to $8 million from the $2.5 million the Marianas now receives.

The money comes from federal excise taxes on hunting equipment, boats, and other recreational equipment. Funds can be used to protect wildlife and habitat and build docks and other public benefits. The Delegates and Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico are all cosponsors to H.R. 1809. Similar legislation passed the House in the last Congress, but the Senate did not act.