H.R. 5069, Federal Duck Stamp Act of 2014, as amended

H.R. 5069

Federal Duck Stamp Act of 2014, as amended

Date
November 17, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, November 17, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 5069, the Federal Duck Stamp Act of 2014, as amended, under suspension of the rules.  H.R. 5069 was introduced by Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) on July 10, 2014 and was referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.  The bill was marked up on July 30, 2014 and was ordered reported, as amended, by voice vote.

Bill Summary

H.R. 5069 increases the price of a Federal duck stamp from $15 to $25 and requires that the increase be used only to acquire conservation easements for migratory birds.  The Secretary of the Interior may reduce the price of each stamp if he or she determines that the price increase resulted in a decrease in revenues.

H.R. 5069 requires an annual report on expenditures, including a description of all activities conducted to promote stamp sales; an assessment of the status of wetlands conservation projects for migratory birds; and an analysis of the refuge lands opened, and refuge lands closed, for hunting and fishing.

H.R. 5069 provides that Federal duck stamps are not required by a rural Alaska resident for subsistence uses.

Background

The Federal Duck Stamp Program was established in 1934 as a way to provide funds for the purchase or lease of lands important to the protection of migratory waterfowl.[1]  Under the program, any hunter over the age of 16 who wishes to hunt migratory waterfowl generally must purchase an annual Federal duck stamp.[2]  The current cost is $15.[3]

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[1] What are Duck Stamps?, Federal Duck Stamp Office, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
[2] Id.
[3] Id.

Cost

According to CBO estimates, implementing H.R. 5069 as reported by the Committee would reduce the deficit by $5 million over the 2015-2024 period, as proceeds from the sale of duck stamps are recorded as revenues.  Because H.R. 5069 would affect revenues and direct spending, pay-as-you-go procedures apply.  The bill would not significantly impact discretionary spending.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.