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Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo

Representing the People of Guam

Bordallo Bill Clears Natural Resources Committee

June 6, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo announced that the House Committee on Natural Resources has favorably reported H.R.5875, a bill she introduced to provide parity for the 5 U.S. territories and the District of Columbia with the 50 states under the Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson Acts’ federal funding formulas. The bill was reported unanimously to the full House of Representatives for consideration.

H.R.5875 is cosponsored the other five Members of Congress representing U.S. territories and the District of Columbia: Reps. Jenniffer González-Colón (R-PR), Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-AS), Stacey E. Plaskett (D-USVI), Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (D-NMI), and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).

The Pittman-Robertson Act provides federal funding to support wildlife conservation and hunter safety projects nationwide. The Dingell-Johnson Act does the same for fish conservation, coastal restoration, boating safety, vessel sanitation, aquatic education, and public access for recreational boating. Both laws provide funding in support of local management of fish and wildlife resources. Each state/territorial fish and wildlife agency receives a yearly allocation of this federal funding, from the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Congresswoman Bordallo’s H.R.5875 would remove outdated and arbitrary caps in current law that prevent the 5 U.S. territories and the District of Columbia from receiving full, state-equivalent shares of this federal funding, at no cost to taxpayers. The U.S. Department of the Interior’s funding levels for fiscal year 2018 announced in March show the current funding disparity.

STATE

Dingell-Johnson (Sportfish Restoration)

Pittman-Robertson (Wildlife Restoration)

TOTAL - ALL FUNDS (FY18)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

$1,173,058

$0

$1,173,058

AMERICAN SAMOA

$1,173,058

$1,328,563

$2,501,621

GUAM

$1,173,058

$1,328,563

$2,501,621

N. MARIANA ISLANDS

$1,173,058

$1,328,563

$2,501,621

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

$1,173,058

$1,328,563

$2,501,621

PUERTO RICO

$3,519,175

$3,452,263

$6,971,438

DELAWARE

$3,519,175

$4,785,824

$8,304,999

HAWAII

$3,519,175

$4,785,824

$8,304,999

NEW HAMPSHIRE

$3,519,175

$4,785,824

$8,304,999

RHODE ISLAND

$3,519,175

$4,785,824

$8,304,999

VERMONT

$3,519,175

$4,785,824

$8,304,999

National Total

$351,917,483

$797,160,652

 
 

“I thank Chairman Bishop and my colleagues on the House Natural Resources Committee for their unanimous support of my bill to give Guam and the other territories parity in receiving federal funding from conservation, outdoor recreation, boating, and sport fishing fees. This bill continues my efforts to bring more federal resources to Guam and treat our island fairly in all federal programs. My bill would provide more than three times more federal funding from these programs, which would amount to millions of additional federal dollars for GovGuam. I am working to advance this bill on the House floor so we can ensure that Guam and the other territories receive our equal share from these federal programs.”