04/16/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/16/2021 11:22
Washington, D.C. - The Natural Resources Committee is holding three livestreamed hearings next week.
Tuesday, April 20
Offshore Wind Legislative Hearing
The Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee, led by Chair Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), will hold a legislative hearing titled Building Back Better: Reducing Pollution and Creating Jobs Through Offshore Wind. The event will focus on the economic potential of the burgeoning offshore wind industry, with a focus on three bills:
The Biden administration in late March announced a series of federal investments and agency actions to support job creation in offshore wind production, a move Chair Grijalva hailed at the time as a positive contrast with the fossil fuel reliance and anti-environmental record of the Trump administration. Next Tuesday's hearing marks Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Amanda Lefton's first time testifying before Congress since taking on her new role, and the Committee's first hearing with a witness from the Biden administration.
Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Chief Executive Officer, American Clean Power Association
Chief Operating Officer, Strum Contracting
Executive Director, BlueGreen Alliance
President, National Ocean Industries Association
When: 2:30 p.m. Eastern time
Wednesday, April 21
Native American Infrastructure and Job Creation Hearing
The Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States, led by Chair Teresa Leger Fernández (D-N.M.), will hold a hearing titled Infrastructure in Indigenous Communities: Priorities for American Jobs Plan.
In a March 31 speech on the American Jobs Plan, President Biden specifically highlighted his administration's intention to focus on basic infrastructure investments, like replacing lead pipes to ensure clean drinking water for every American, that would be especially helpful for Native American communities. Biden said the federal government will offer more contracts to 'communities that have historically been left out of these investments: Black, Latino, Asian American, Native American, rural, small businesses, entrepreneurs across the country.' Many tribal nations disproportionately lack broadband access, well-maintained roads, utilities, and adequate housing.
The hearing will assess how federal investments can best create jobs and improve infrastructure in Indian Country.
President, Oglala Sioux Tribe
Chairman, Hawaiian Homes Commission
Executive Director, American Indian Policy Institute, Arizona State University
General Manager, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority
When: 10:00 a.m. Eastern time
Public Lands Legislative Hearing on Historic Representation
The Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands, led by Chair Joe Neguse (D-Colo.), will hold a legislative hearing on four bills:
In recognition of National Park Week, the bills seek to broaden the National Park Service's representation of culturally important moments and diversify the agency's interpretation of American history.
Senior Field Officer, National Trust for Historic Preservation
President, New Philadelphia Association
Historic Pullman Foundation board member
Past president, Historic Pullman Foundation
When: 1:00 p.m. Eastern time
Media Contact: Adam Sarvana
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