Manchin, Energy And Natural Resources Committee Consider 10 Public Lands Bills And Historic Outdoor Recreation Package

Manchin also votes to confirm DOE Office of Electricity nominee

May 3, 2022

To watch a video of Senator Manchin’s opening remarks, please click here.

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a business meeting to consider one pending nomination and pending legislation, including U.S. Senator Joe Manchin’s (D-WV), Chairman of the Committee, bipartisan America’s Outdoor Recreation Act.

The Committee considered 10 public lands bills and an outdoor recreation package on a largely bipartisan basis, including the America’s Outdoor Recreation Act, the first comprehensive recreation package since 1963. The motion to report Ms. Maria D. Robinson’s nomination to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy for the Office of Electricity resulted in a tied vote, as did three pieces of legislation. Chairman Manchin will notify the Secretary of the Senate of the tie votes, after which the Senate Majority Leader may move to discharge the nomination and legislation so that, if agreed to, they can be placed on the Senate Executive Calendar.

“I am tremendously proud of the productive work we conducted today in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Today we considered 10 pieces of critical legislation relating to our nation’s treasured public lands and advanced my historic outdoor recreation package, the bipartisan America’s Outdoor Recreation Act – illustrating the incredibly important role the outdoors plays in the hearts and minds of all Americans. It is a welcome reminder that we can find common sense solutions when we put partisanship aside and work together. Once again, our committee has demonstrated the exceptional bipartisanship we have come to be known for and I look forward to continuing this tradition to ensure the wild and wonderful corners of West Virginia and America can be cherished for generations to come,” said Chairman Manchin.

Below is the full list of legislation considered today.

  • S. 173, Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act     
  • S. 177, Cerro de la Olla Wilderness Establishment Act
  • S. 182, Pecos Watershed Protection Act
  • S. 455, Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
  • S. 1128, University of Alaska Fiscal Foundation Act
  • S. 1222, Bonneville Shoreline Trail Advancement Act
  • S. 1321, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Boundary Modification Act of 2021
  • S. 1631, Arizona Experiment Station Land Conveyance Act of 2021
  • S. 1942, National Heritage Area Act
  • S. 2438, Cane River Creole National Historical Park Boundary Modification Act
  • S. 3266, Outdoor Recreation Act

A list of amendments considered today can be viewed here.

To find out more about Chairman Manchin’s bipartisan America’s Outdoor Recreation Act, please click here.

To watch the business meeting in full, please click here.