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Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo

Representing the People of Guam

Bordallo Bill to More Than Double Fish/Wildlife Conservation Funding for Guam Passes U.S. House Unanimously

July 23, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo announced that the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed  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 now goes to the U.S. Senate for consideration.

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Congresswoman Bordallo’s H.R.5875 would remove outdated and arbitrary caps in current law that prevent the 5 U.S. territories and the District of Columbia from receiving full, state-equivalent shares of this federal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 am thrilled that the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed my bill to more than double federal funding for local fish and wildlife conservation projects on Guam. With GovGuam’s looming budget crisis, we need all the help we can get, and my bill passed by the House today would ensure that Guam gets our fair share from the federal government,” said Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo.

“Today’s vote was just one part of my ongoing work to increase federal support for Guam residents and all Americans who call U.S. territories home. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to get this bipartisan bill enacted into law,” continued Congresswoman Bordallo.