Category Archive: Inside Washington

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.

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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/

President Releases Plan to Drill the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Read our press release on The Refuge Association discussing the President’s newest step in opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.refugeassociation.org/2018/04/president-releases-plan-to-drill-the-arctic-national-wildlife-refuge/

Did You Miss The Friends Assessment Webinar?

Don’t worry, you can catch a recording of the webinar below! 

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FY18 Omnibus Appropriations Bill — What’s In It?

On March 23, 2018, President Trump signed a final omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year 2018 (FY18) which included many wildlife conservation priorities. The fiscal year officially began on October 1, 2017 but the government has been funded through a series of “Continuing Resolutions” since then. This funding bill will fund the government until September 30, 2018. In the meanwhile, work is already underway on fiscal year 2019 bill.

So – what was in the final law?

Permanent link to this article: https://www.refugeassociation.org/2018/03/fy18-omnibus-appropriations-bill-whats-in-it/

FY19 President’s Budget Request Memo

On February 12, 2018, President Trump released his Budget request for fiscal year 2019 (FY19) appropriations for the Department of the Interior, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS).

Permanent link to this article: https://www.refugeassociation.org/2018/02/fy19-presidents-budget-request-memo/

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