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NFC: Fw: River Policy Update, Week of November 26, 2001

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American Rivers' Policy Update
Week of November 26, 2001


* Energy bill update
* Public lands
* Congressional calendar
* Take action
* Jobs


With only two to three weeks left until Congress is expected to 
adjourn for the year, it remains unclear whether the Senate will pass 
some version of energy legislation this session.  Senate Energy and 
Commerce Committee Chair Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) is reportedly hoping to 
present Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) with comprehensive 
energy legislation this week.  Daschle, however, has said that 
passing an energy bill this session is a lower priority than ensuring 
the passage of the remaining annual appropriations bills and various 
legislation responding to issues raised by the Sept. 11 attacks.  The 
Democratic bill is expected to include a renewable energy portfolio 
standard and incentives to reduce global warming.  

Senate Republicans, unhappy with Democratic leadership for not 
bringing comprehensive energy legislation to the floor, have drafted 
their own energy legislation that would, among other things, open up 
the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling.  Sen. 
Frank Murkowski (R-AK), who wants to force a vote on ANWR, has vowed 
to filibuster other bills in order to pressure Daschle to schedule 
floor debate on energy legislation.  In addition, Senate Republicans 
may attempt to attach their energy legislation to unrelated bills, 
such as the economic stimulus package or the farm bill.

The environmental threats posed by the development of ANWR prompted 
American Rivers to list the wildlife refuge's Canning River as the 
nation's second most endangered river in its America's Most 
Endangered Rivers of 2001 report.   


Senate hearing on public lands bills

This Tuesday the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee's 
Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests will hold a hearing on 
several public lands bills.  Among the bills to considered will be S 
1028, which would convey over 17,000 acres of Bureau of Reclamation 
(BuRec) land to the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks.  
The land was purchased by the federal government for a water storage 
project that was never built, and plans to build it have been 
shelved.  Some of the BuRec land would be offered for sale to the 
original owners of the land, some of whom still hold preferred 
leases.  The Department of Game, Fish and Parks would receive the 
remaining land, and would use it to help mitigate for bottomland 
habitat destroyed by various flood control reservoirs along the 
Missouri River.

Hearing: 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27 in 366 Dirksen

House hearing on parks, public lands, and historic preservation bills

The House Resources Committee will meet Wednesday to mark up several 
uncontroversial parks-related bills, including the Fern Lake 
Conservation and Recreation Act (HR 2238) which would authorize the 
Secretary of Interior to add Fern Lake in Kentucky to Cumberland Gap 
National Park; HR 1963, which would add a Revolutionary War trail in 
Indiana and Illinois to the National Trails System; and HR 2234, 
which would expand Arizona's Tumacacori National Historical Park.

Hearing: 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28 in 1324 Longworth



Hearing on parks, public lands, and historic preservation bills
Resources Committee
10:00 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28 in 1324 Longworth


Hearing on land conveyance bills
Energy and Natural Resources Committee
2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27 in 366 Dirksen


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