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Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Representing the 4th District of Minnesota

Fortenberry, McCollum Introduce Conservation Reform Act

August 1, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Representatives Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Betty McCollum (D-MN) today introduced the Conservation Reform Act of 2013 to streamline existing U.S. resources for international conservation priorities. Companion legislation was introduced in the Senate earlier this year by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tom Udall (D-NM).

"The Conservation Reform Act puts in place a collaborative, international strategy to better conserve natural resources, increase global stability, and grow economic opportunity," Congressman Fortenberry said. “America benefits from a more stable world. This policy addresses the most serious threats to the world's natural resource and habitat conservation efforts and lays the framework for a comprehensive global resource management strategy. The legislation allows for better coordination in the resource-based international economy without further indebting our nation."

“The United States needs to sustain and modernize its global conservation leadership.  As threats continue to put critical natural resources at risk around the world, the Conservation Reform Act will position the United States to respond in a coordinated and strategic manner,” said Congresswoman McCollum.

The Conservation Reform Act aims to expand wildlife habitats worldwide, help reduce global conflict and instability, and create and protect American jobs without authorizing additional spending. The legislation is supported by numerous organizations, including the Nature Conservancy and the International Conservation Caucus Foundation.

Fortenberry introduced similar measures in the 111th and 112th Congress.