Bipartisan Schrader Bill to Save Endangered Salmon, Steelhead Scheduled to Receive House Vote Today
U.S. House leadership announced that legislation sponsored by Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) to improve the survival of endangered salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River is scheduled for a vote by the full U.S. House today.
The legislation provides tribal managers and government fish managers with the means to remove limited numbers of California and Stellar sea lions from specific areas where they are posing the most harm to endangered native fish runs.
Live floor proceedings and debate regarding this bipartisan bill is scheduled for the House floor today at approximately 12:00pm PT and can be viewed online here.
“The California sea lion population has experienced a huge population recovery in recent years; unfortunately, that population has now grown to numbers totally inconsistent with its historic range, posing a very serious threat to the endangered salmon and steelhead throughout the Columbia River system,” Rep. Schrader said. “I’m very pleased to see the House recognizing the urgency of the problem posed by sea lion predation in the Pacific Northwest. Continued inaction on these sea lions would mean that Pacific Northwest ratepayers would continue paying hundreds of millions of dollars annually for the largest fish and wildlife mitigation program in the country for threatened species – while sea lions drive our salmon and steelhead runs to extinction. I also want to thank Rep. Herrera Beutler for working with me over the years on this legislation and on constructive and reasonable solutions to address this problem to save our salmon.”
“This is a must-pass piece of legislation if we want to save our iconic salmon, steelhead, and sturgeon runs that help make our region so unique,” Rep. Herrera Beutler said. “Getting this solution to this point has truly been a team effort and I’m grateful to everyone who has rallied support for this bill – from my colleague Kurt Schrader who has been invaluable in getting this bill brought to the House for a vote, to Senators Maria Cantwell and Jim Risch who are moving an identical bill in the Senate, to all the local and tribal agencies and fishermen who have trumpeted the plight of our salmon for years.”
NOTE: Press can expect to receive an additional release when the bill passes the U.S. House later today, including a full list of organizations and agencies that support the bill.
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