H.R. 3433: To amend the North American Wetlands Conservation Act to establish requirements regarding payment of the non-Federal share of the costs of wetlands conservation projects in Canada that are funded under that Act, and for other purposes

H.R. 3433

To amend the North American Wetlands Conservation Act to establish requirements regarding payment of the non-Federal share of the costs of wetlands conservation projects in Canada that are funded under that Act, and for other purposes

Date
October 13, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

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Floor Situation

The House is scheduled to consider H.R. 3433 on Tuesday, October 13, 2009, under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. H.R. 3433 was introduced on July 30, 2009, by Rep. Robert Wittman (R-VA) and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, which held a mark-up and reported the bill, as amended, by unanimous consent on September 30, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.R. 3433 would allow the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to accept Canadian funds for non-federal matching contributions required for projects under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA).

Background

In 1986, a joint waterfowl effort between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico resulted in all three countries signing the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. In 1989, Congress passed the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), authorizing funds for grants in Mexico and Canada for waterfowl conservation projects. These federal funds require a non-federal 50 percent match for the cost of the program. In 2006, the authorization for the program was extended at a level of $75 million annually. Under current law, contributions for the non-federal matching funds from Mexico are allowed to count but those from Canada are not. H.R. 3433 would allow Canada to use an equal amount of non-U.S. currency to pay the matching fund requirement for projects that occur in Canada.

Cost

According to CBO, H.R. 3433 would "not affect the federal budget."