Environmental and Conservation Issues

Issue Summaries for the 113th Congress

 
H.R. 39, Multinational Species Conservation Funds Reauthorization Act of 2013
This legislation authorizes appropriations to carry out the African Elephant Conservation Act, the Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act of 1994, and the Asian Elephant Conservation Act of 1997 for fiscal 2014 through fiscal 2018. The authorized funds are used for the conservation of these species.
 
Status: U.S. Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska-At Large) introduced H.R. 39 on Jan. 3, 2013, and it was referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs.
 
AVMA Position: Support
Primary Contact: Dr. Whitney Miller


 
H.R. 262/S. 231, Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semipostal Stamp Reauthorization Act
This bill would reauthorize the Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semipostal Stamp Act of 2010 for four additional years, which would allow for five more stamp depictions to be created, including an African or Asian elephant, a rhinoceros, a tiger, a marine turtle, and/or a great ape. Funds raised from the semi-postal stamp are used for conservation efforts.
 
Status: U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.-11) introduced H.R. 262 on Jan. 15, 2013, and it was referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and to the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs. U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) introduced S. 231 on Feb. 7, 2013, and it was referred to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
 
AVMA Position: Support
Primary Contact: Dr. Whitney Miller
 

 
H.R. 996/S. 1153, Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act
The goal of this bill is to establish an improved regulatory process that will prevent the introduction and establishment in the United States of nonnative or injurious wildlife and/or wild animal pathogens and parasites that are likely to cause harm.
 
Status: U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.-25) introduced H.R. 996 on March 11, 2013, and it was referred to four House committees, including: the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs; the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations; the House Committee on Ways and Means; and the House Committee on the Budget.
 

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) introduced S. 1153 on June 12, 2013, and it was referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

 
AVMA Position: Nonsupport
Primary Contact: Dr. Whitney Miller
 

 
H.R. 1328, Great Ape Conservation Reauthorization Amendments Act of 2013
This bill authorizes congressional appropriations to carry out the Great Ape Conservation Fund for fiscal 2014 through fiscal 2018. It amends the Great Ape Conservation Act of 2000 to allow the awarding of multi-year grants. It requires the Secretary of the Interior to convene a panel of experts to identify the greatest needs and priorities for the conservation of Great Apes.
 
Status: U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.-11) introduced H.R. 1328 on March 21, 2013, and it was referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs.
 
AVMA Position: Support
Primary Contact: Dr. Whitney Miller
 

 
H.R. 1329, Marine Turtle Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2013
This bill authorizes congressional appropriations to carry out the Marine Turtle Conservation Fund for fiscal 2014 through fiscal 2018. It expands marine turtle conservation assistance under the Marine Turtle Conservation Act of 2004 to include the United States and its territories.
 
Status: U.S. Rep. Pedro Pierluisi (D-Puerto Rico) introduced H.R. 1329 on March 21, 2013, and it was referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs.
 
AVMA Position: Support
Primary Contact: Dr. Whitney Miller