Manchin, Energy And Natural Resources Committee Consider Interior Nominee And Public Lands Legislation

Manchin votes to confirm Laura Daniel-Davis to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior

July 21, 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. The Committee considered 37 public lands and water bills, 34 of which were reported out on a bipartisan basis.

The motion to report Ms. Laura Daniel-Davis’ nomination to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management resulted in a tied vote. U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the Committee, made clear that while he is not satisfied with the state of leasing on our federal lands and in our federal waters at a time when gas prices are high and our allies are in desperate need of clean, American oil and gas, he would support Ms. Daniel-Davis’ nomination based on her qualifications. He will now notify the Secretary of the Senate of the tie vote, after which the Senate Majority Leader may move to discharge the nomination so that, if agreed to, the nomination can be placed on the Senate Executive Calendar.

“I am tremendously proud of the productive legislative work we conducted today in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. We considered a robust agenda that included almost 40 pieces of legislation covering public lands and water issues” said Chairman Manchin. “Working in the bipartisan manner that this Committee has come to be known for, we advanced 34 critical pieces of legislation – many of which enjoyed strong support. I look forward to continuing this tradition of bipartisanship to advance legislation that will preserve and protect our nation’s treasured public lands and waters for generations to come.”

Below is the full list of legislation considered today.

  • S. 387, Grand Canyon Protection Act
  • S. 557, Native Plant Species Pilot Program Act
  • S. 1344, Pullman National Historic Park Act
  • S. 1493, Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act
  • S. 1538, Smith River National Recreation Area Expansion Act
  • S. 1718, Rosie the Riveter National Historic Site Expansion Act
  • S. 1769, Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act
  • S. 2130, RISEE Act of 2021
  • S. 2367, Frederick Jobs and Historic Preservation Training Center Land Acquisition Act
  • S. 2561, a bill to amend the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974 and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 to provide that a land resource management plan or land use plan approved, amended, or revised under those Acts shall not be considered to be a continuing Federal agency action or constitute a discretionary Federal involvement or control for a distinct Federal purpose, and for other purposes
  • S. 2693, Salton Sea Projects Improvements Act
  • S. 2708, Land Grant-Mercedes Traditional Use Recognition and Consultation Act
  • S. 2980, Wildlife-Livestock Conflict Resolution Act
  • S. 2996, Alaska Offshore Parity Act
  • S. 3046, Root and Stem Project Authorization Act of 2021
  • S. 3129, M.H. Dutch Salmon Greater Gila Wild and Scenic River Act
  • S. 3141, New Philadelphia National Historical Park Act
  • S. 3185, a bill to amend the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Improvement Act to extend the exception to the closure of certain roads within the Recreation Area for local businesses, and for other purposes
  • S. 3240, Free Veterans from Fees Act
  • S. 3307, Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Boundary Revision Act of 2021
  • S. 3338, Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park Boundary Revision Act
  • S. 3370, University of Utah Research Park Act
  • S. 3404, a bill to provide the consent of Congress to an amendment to the Constitution of the State of New Mexico
  • S. 3450, Sun River Hydropower Authorization Act
  • S. 3667, African-American Burial Grounds Preservation Act
  • S. 3685, John P. Parker House Study Act
  • S. 3997, LBL Recreation and Heritage Act
  • S. 4080, Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument Expansion Act
  • S. 4114, a bill to amend Public Law 99-420 to provide for the conveyance of certain Federal land in the State of Maine for use for affordable workforce housing, and for other purposes
  • S. 4121, a bill to designate the Kol Israel Foundation Holocaust Memorial in Bedford Heights, Ohio, as a national memorial
  • S. 4176, a bill to amend the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to modify the eligibility requirements for certain small water storage and groundwater storage projects and to authorize the use of funds for certain additional Carey Act projects, and for other purposes
  • H.R. 1931, Japanese American Confinement Education Act
  • H.R. 3531, Women Who Worked on the Home Front World War II Memorial Act
  • H.R. 5001, Upper Colorado and San Juan River Basins Recovery Act
  • H.R. 6201, National Liberty Memorial Preservation Act
  • H.R. 6434, Japanese American World War II History Network Act
  • S. 4227, a bill to streamline the oil and gas permitting process and to recognize fee ownership for certain oil and gas drilling or spacing units, and for other purpose

A list of amendments considered today can be viewed here.

To watch the hearing in full, please click here.