Category Archive: Inside Washington

Disaster Relief Bill Includes Significant Funding For Wildlife Refuges

Great news! Yesterday, the Senate passed a disaster relief bill that includes significant funding for wildlife refuges: $82.4 million total. $32.4 million of that funding is going towards damage from Hurricanes Lane (Hawaii), Michael (Florida panhandle), and Florence (Carolinas), plus …

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Bill Reported to Restore Protections to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Last week, the House Natural Resources passed a bill out of committee on a vote of 22-14 to restore protections to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In December 2017, the tax bill opened the refuge to seismic testing and oil and gas leasing and changed the purpose of the refuge to include oil and gas exploration. The “Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act”, H.R. 1146, is critical for keeping this iconic wildlife refuge free of oil and gas exploration and to protect wildlife species.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.refugeassociation.org/2019/05/bill-passed-to-restore-protections-to-the-arctic-national-wildlife-refuge/

Passage of Public Lands Package (S.47) by the Senate

February 13. 2019 The National Wildlife Refuge Association is thrilled that the Senate has passed a public lands package that includes reauthorization of one of the most important conservation laws in our nation – the Land and Water Conservation Fund …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.refugeassociation.org/2019/02/national-wildlife-refuge-statement-on-passage-of-public-lands-package-s-47-by-the-senate/

Welcoming The 116th Congress

Welcome to the start of the116th Congress! Today, 90 new House members and 9 new Senators enter the Capitol complex for their first day on the job. 102 House Members and 25 Senators are women – the highest number in …

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The State of Play- 2018 Elections and the 116th Congress

As of Wednesday morning, November 7, with many races still undecided, the leadership of the House will flip to the Democrats in the 116th Congress beginning January 3, 2019, but the Senate will remain controlled by the GOP. While the election shows how divided the country still is, the House will now have subpoena power over the Trump Administration and will be able to stop almost any proposed legislation from the President. In a word, near complete gridlock and two years of intense oversight of administrative actions.

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House Committee Moves Important Refuge System Bills

Today, the House Natural Resources Committee advanced two vitally important bills for the conservation and preservation of public lands, including the National Wildlife Refuge System.  These measures would provide much needed funding to address maintenance needs of the Refuge System and reauthorize a critically important land acquisition program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund.  Read our press release and a letter from the Refuge Association and 70 Friends Groups.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.refugeassociation.org/2018/09/house-committee-moves-important-refuge-system-bills/

Land and Water Conservation Fund Expires September 30, 2018

The nation’s most important land acquisition program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is set to expire on September 30, 2018 – Congress must act! If Congress does not reauthorize LWCF, there will be no funding for vital wildlife conservation land acquisition projects on national wildlife refuges next year.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.refugeassociation.org/2018/09/land-and-water-conservation-fund-expires-september-30-2018/

National Wildlife Refuge Association Commends Bi-Partisan Bill to Address Refuge System Backlog

Click the image below to read our press release praising a bi-partisan bill that could reduce Refuge System backlog by as much as $130 million annually!  To see all of our press releases click here.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.refugeassociation.org/2018/07/commends-bi-partisan-bill-to-address-refuge-system-backlog/

Friends Call: What You Can Do Now To Help The Refuge System!

The National Wildlife Refuge Association and Coalition for Refuge Friends and Advocates held a conference call on June 6th to discuss what Friends can do to help the Refuge System during the Summer Recess. Topics included an update on appropriations, …

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President Signs The ‘Keep America’s Refuges Operational Act’ Into Law

Read our press release on the President signing the Keep America’s Refuges Operational Act into law after being passed by the Senate on April 9th and the House in December! 

Permanent link to this article: https://www.refugeassociation.org/2018/04/president-signs-the-keep-americas-refuges-operational-act-into-law/

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