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CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE COST ESTIMATE - H.R. 2016
March 18, 2008
National Landscape Conservation System Act
As ordered reported by the House Committee on Natural Resources on March 12, 2008 H.R. 2016 would provide a statutory basis for the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS), which was established administratively in 2000. The NLCS encompasses about 20 million acres of land administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Based on information provided by that agency, CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 2016 would have no effect on the BLM budget (which currently includes about $50 million a year for the NLCS) because BLM already has permanent authority to manage the lands in the system, subject to amounts provided annually in appropriations acts. Enacting H.R. 2016 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
The bill contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would not affect the budgets of state, local, or tribal governments.
Congressional Summer Schedule Update
The House will recess for the Independence Day District Work Period after votes on Friday, June 27, and return to Capitol Hill for votes after 6:30 pm on Tuesday, July 8. The Senate is expected to take a similar break. This is an opportunity for constituents to meet with Members of the Congress in their states and districts.
The Week Ahead - Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (June 23-27)
June 20th, 2008
On Wednesday, June 25, the full committee will examine the challenges to developing technologies that meet the needs of increased global energy demand, in the context of global climate change. Witnesses include Dr. Neil Hirst, director for energy technology and R&D, International Energy Agency, Paris; Dr. Ray Orbach, director, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy; Dr. Thomas Wilson, senior program manager, Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA; Dr. Raymond Kopp, senior fellow, Resources for the Future; and Karan Bhatia, vice president, General Electric Co. (Dirksen 366 at 9:30 a.m.)
The Week Ahead - Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (June 16-20)
On Tuesday, June 17, the full committee will examine the challenges and regional solutions to developing transmission for renewable electricity resources. Witnesses include Kevin Kolevar, assistant secretary for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, U.S. Department of Energy; T. Boone Pickens, principal, BP Capital, Dallas; Rich Halvey, energy program director, Western Governors Association, Denver; Bryce Freeman, board member, Wyoming Infrastructure Authority, Cheyenne; Stephen Wright, administrator, Bonneville Power Administration, Portland, OR; Don Furman, senior vice president for development, transmission and policy, Iberdrola Renewables, Washington, D.C. (representing the American Wind Energy Association); Gary Hanson, chairman, South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, Pierre; and Will Kaul, vice president, Great River Energy, Maple Grove, Minn. (Dirksen 366 at 10:00 a.m.)
The Weekly Preview - House Committee on Natural Resources: June 16 – 20, 2008
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On the House Floor:
On Tuesday, the House of Representatives is expected to consider under suspension of the rules the following 7 bills under the jurisdiction of the House Natural Resources Committee:
o H.R. 2964 (E.B. Johnson): To amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to treat nonhuman primates as prohibited wildlife species under that Act, to make corrections in the provisions relating to captive wildlife offenses under that Act, and for other purposes.