Ranking Member McEachin Offered Amendments at Natural Resources Committee Markup

June 27, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04), Ranking Member of the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee, offered two amendments during Tuesday’s Natural Resources Committee legislative markup.

The first, an amendment to H.R. 2936, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017, would strike two provisions of H.R. 2936 that are designed to allow approval of timber projects without adequate consideration of the impacts to some of the most vulnerable living creatures on Earth: the animals listed as “threatened” or “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This amendment failed in committee, along party lines.

“My amendment prevents this bill from driving the extinction of American wildlife. A vote against my amendment was a vote in favor of a strategy that cripples the ability of government agencies to function, and then blame them for not functioning properly,” said Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04). “Requiring consultation for critical habitat and species listings at the broader forest plan can be the difference between survival and extinction.”

The second, an amendment to H.R. 1731, the RECLAIM Act, would strike the section of the bill that proposes to move the headquarters of the Appalachian Regional Commission out of Washington DC. Rep. McEachin withdrew the amendment after introduction because the applicable section of H.R. 1731 is not included in the committee’s jurisdiction.

“Frankly, there is no reason to move the Appalachian Regional Commission, said Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04). “I hope that before this bill moves to the floor, we can work with the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to take a much closer look at this section and protect the Appalachian Regional Commission. It certainly may be a good idea to open a regional office for the Commission somewhere in Appalachia but a wholesale relocation would be counterproductive.”

Congressman McEachin serves on the House Natural Resources Committee as the Ranking Member of the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee. Rep. McEachin represents Virginia’s 4th Congressional District, which includes Richmond and Petersburg, portions of Chesterfield and Henrico counties, and stretches east to Chesapeake and Suffolk in Hampton Roads.

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Click here to watch Congressman McEachin’s remarks during today’s markup.

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