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Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo

Representing the People of Guam

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Bordallo Bill to Increase Federal Funding for Guam Sportsmen and Conservation

May 22, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswomen Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-Guam) testified during the House Natural Resources Federal Lands Subcommittee’s hearing on her H.R.5875, a bipartisan bill introduced by the Congresswoman on Friday, May 18, 2018.


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Congresswoman Bordallo’s H.R.5875 would 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 is cosponsored the other five Members of Congress representing U.S. territories and the District of Columbia: Reps. Congresswoman 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Congresswoman Bordallo’s H.R.5875 would remove outdated and arbitrary caps in current law that prevent the 5 U.S. territories and the District of Columbia from receiving full, state-equivalent shares of this federal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

 
 

Congresswoman Bordallo was joined in her testimony in support of her H.R.5875 by her colleagues Congresswoman González-Colón (R-PR) and Congressman Sablan (D-NMI), who also participated in the Federal Lands Subcommittee’s hearing.

“This bipartisan bill is just one example of my work to get more federal money to Guam and ensure that we get full, equal treatment from our federal government. Guam has active hunting, fishing, and shooting sports communities, and my bill would secure state-equivalent federal funding to support fish and wildlife conservation and enhance hunting, sport fishing, boating, and other outdoor recreational opportunities on our island,” said Congresswomen Bordallo. “This year, Guam received $2.5 million in federal Pittman-Robertson Act and Dingell-Johnson Act funding, whereas the smallest states received more than $8.3 million. My bill would end this disparity and ensure that Guam gets our fair share in future years.”

Congresswoman Bordallo’s remarks on H.R. 5875.