House bill would up Fish and Wildlife funding by $1.3B

House bill would up Fish and Wildlife funding by $1.3B
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House lawmakers unveiled a bipartisan bill Thursday to increase funding for the Fish and Wildlife Service by $1.3 billion.

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The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, introduced by Reps. Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems release first transcripts from impeachment probe witnesses GOP lawmaker head-butts MoveOn camera Hundreds turn out for London's first transgender equality march MORE (R-Alaska) and Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), would dedicate existing revenue from drilling and mining that takes place on federal land to the agency’s Wildlife Restoration Program.

The program provides grant funding to states and fish and wildlife agencies for projects to restore, conserve, manage and enhance wild birds and mammals, and their habitats. 

“We have a once in a generation opportunity to save thousands of at-risk wildlife species by investing in proactive, collaborative conservation,” Collin O’Mara, president and chief executive officer of the National Wildlife Federation, said in a statement. “By modernizing how we fund conservation of the full diversity of wildlife, we will bolster our natural resources, strengthen our outdoor recreation economy, reduce regulatory uncertainty, improve public health, and bolster community resilience.”