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113th Congress                                           Rept. 113-336
                   }    HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES   {
 2d Session        }                               {          Part 1
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         SPORTSMEN'S HERITAGE AND RECREATIONAL ENHANCEMENT ACT

                                _______
                                

January 29, 2014.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed

                                _______
                                

 Mr. Hastings of Washington, from the Committee on Natural Resources, 
                        submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                             together with

                            DISSENTING VIEWS

                        [To accompany H.R. 2799]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Natural Resources, to whom was referred 
the bill (H.R. 2799) to establish the Wildlife and Hunting 
Heritage Conservation Council Advisory Committee to advise the 
Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture on wildlife and 
habitat conservation, hunting, recreational shooting, and for 
other purposes, having considered the same, report favorably 
thereon with an amendment and recommend that the bill as 
amended do pass.
    The amendment is as follows:
  Strike all after the enacting clause and insert the 
following:

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

  This Act may be cited as the ``Sportsmen's Heritage And Recreational 
Enhancement Act'' or the ``SHARE Act''.

SEC. 2. WILDLIFE AND HUNTING HERITAGE CONSERVATION COUNCIL ADVISORY 
                    COMMITTEE.

  The Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (16 U.S.C. 661 et seq.) is 
amended by adding at the end the following:

``SEC. 10. WILDLIFE AND HUNTING HERITAGE CONSERVATION COUNCIL ADVISORY 
                    COMMITTEE.

  ``(a) Establishment.--There is hereby established the Wildlife and 
Hunting Heritage Conservation Council Advisory Committee (in this 
section referred to as the `Advisory Committee') to advise the 
Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture on wildlife and habitat 
conservation, hunting, and recreational shooting.
  ``(b) Duties of the Advisory Committee.--The Advisory Committee shall 
advise the Secretaries with regard to--
          ``(1) implementation of Executive Order No. 13443: 
        Facilitation of Hunting Heritage and Wildlife Conservation, 
        which directs Federal agencies `to facilitate the expansion and 
        enhancement of hunting opportunities and the management of game 
        species and their habitat';
          ``(2) policies or programs to conserve and restore wetlands, 
        agricultural lands, grasslands, forest, and rangeland habitats;
          ``(3) policies or programs to promote opportunities and 
        access to hunting and shooting sports on Federal lands;
          ``(4) policies or programs to recruit and retain new hunters 
        and shooters;
          ``(5) policies or programs that increase public awareness of 
        the importance of wildlife conservation and the social and 
        economic benefits of recreational hunting and shooting; and
          ``(6) policies or programs that encourage coordination among 
        the public, the hunting and shooting sports community, wildlife 
        conservation groups, and States, tribes, and the Federal 
        Government.
  ``(c) Membership.--
          ``(1) Appointment.--
                  ``(A) In general.--The Advisory Committee shall 
                consist of no more than 16 discretionary members and 7 
                ex officio members.
                  ``(B) Ex officio members.--The ex officio members 
                are--
                          ``(i) the Director of the United States Fish 
                        and Wildlife Service or a designated 
                        representative of the Director;
                          ``(ii) the Director of the Bureau of Land 
                        Management or a designated representative of 
                        the Director;
                          ``(iii) the Director of the National Park 
                        Service or a designated representative of the 
                        Director;
                          ``(iv) the Chief of the Forest Service or a 
                        designated representative of the Chief;
                          ``(v) the Chief of the Natural Resources 
                        Conservation Service or a designated 
                        representative of the Chief;
                          ``(vi) the Administrator of the Farm Service 
                        Agency or a designated representative of the 
                        Administrator; and
                          ``(vii) the Executive Director of the 
                        Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.
                  ``(C) Discretionary members.--The discretionary 
                members shall be appointed jointly by the Secretaries 
                from at least one of each of the following:
                          ``(i) State fish and wildlife agencies.
                          ``(ii) Game bird hunting organizations.
                          ``(iii) Wildlife conservation organizations.
                          ``(iv) Big game hunting organizations.
                          ``(v) The tourism, outfitter, or guiding 
                        industry.
                          ``(vi) The firearms or ammunition 
                        manufacturing industry.
                          ``(vii) The hunting or shooting equipment 
                        retail industry.
                          ``(viii) Tribal resource management 
                        organizations.
                          ``(ix) The agriculture industry.
                          ``(x) The ranching industry.
                          ``(xi) Waterfowl hunting organizations.
                  ``(D) Eligibility.--Prior to the appointment of the 
                discretionary members, the Secretaries shall determine 
                that all individuals nominated for appointment to the 
                Advisory Committee, and the organization each 
                individual represents, actively support and promote 
                sustainable-use hunting, wildlife conservation, and 
                recreational shooting.
          ``(2) Terms.--
                  ``(A) In general.--Except as provided in subparagraph 
                (B), members of the Advisory Committee shall be 
                appointed for a term of 4 years. Members shall not be 
                appointed for more than 3 consecutive or nonconsecutive 
                terms.
                  ``(B) Terms of initial appointees.--As designated by 
                the Secretary at the time of appointment, of the 
                members first appointed--
                          ``(i) 6 members shall be appointed for a term 
                        of 4 years;
                          ``(ii) 5 members shall be appointed for a 
                        term of 3 years; and
                          ``(iii) 5 members shall be appointed for a 
                        term of 2 years.
          ``(3) Preservation of public advisory status.--No individual 
        may be appointed as a discretionary member of the Advisory 
        Committee while serving as an officer or employee of the 
        Federal Government.
          ``(4) Vacancy and removal.--
                  ``(A) In general.--Any vacancy on the Advisory 
                Committee shall be filled in the manner in which the 
                original appointment was made.
                  ``(B) Removal.--Advisory Committee members shall 
                serve at the discretion of the Secretaries and may be 
                removed at any time for good cause.
          ``(5) Continuation of service.--Each appointed member may 
        continue to serve after the expiration of the term of office to 
        which such member was appointed until a successor has been 
        appointed.
          ``(6) Chairperson.--The Chairperson of the Advisory Committee 
        shall be appointed for a 3-year term by the Secretaries, 
        jointly, from among the members of the Advisory Committee. An 
        individual may not be appointed as Chairperson for more than 2 
        consecutive or nonconsecutive terms.
          ``(7) Pay and expenses.--Members of the Advisory Committee 
        shall serve without pay for such service, but each member of 
        the Advisory Committee may be reimbursed for travel and lodging 
        incurred through attending meetings of the Advisory Committee 
        approved subgroup meetings in the same amounts and under the 
        same conditions as Federal employees (in accordance with 
        section 5703 of title 5, United States Code).
          ``(8) Meetings.--
                  ``(A) In general.--The Advisory Committee shall meet 
                at the call of the Secretaries, the chairperson, or a 
                majority of the members, but not less frequently than 
                twice annually.
                  ``(B) Open meetings.--Each meeting of the Advisory 
                Committee shall be open to the public.
                  ``(C) Prior notice of meetings.--Timely notice of 
                each meeting of the Advisory Committee shall be 
                published in the Federal Register and be submitted to 
                trade publications and publications of general 
                circulation.
                  ``(D) Subgroups.--The Advisory Committee may 
                establish such workgroups or subgroups as it deems 
                necessary for the purpose of compiling information or 
                conducting research. However, such workgroups may not 
                conduct business without the direction of the Advisory 
                Committee and must report in full to the Advisory 
                Committee.
          ``(9) Quorum.--Nine members of the Advisory Committee shall 
        constitute a quorum.
  ``(d) Expenses.--The expenses of the Advisory Committee that the 
Secretaries determine to be reasonable and appropriate shall be paid by 
the Secretaries.
  ``(e) Administrative Support, Technical Services, and Advice.--A 
designated Federal Officer shall be jointly appointed by the 
Secretaries to provide to the Advisory Committee the administrative 
support, technical services, and advice that the Secretaries determine 
to be reasonable and appropriate.
  ``(f) Annual Report.--
          ``(1) Required.--Not later than September 30 of each year, 
        the Advisory Committee shall submit a report to the 
        Secretaries, the Committee on Natural Resources and the 
        Committee on Agriculture of the House of Representatives, and 
        the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the Committee 
        on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of the Senate. If 
        circumstances arise in which the Advisory Committee cannot meet 
        the September 30 deadline in any year, the Secretaries shall 
        advise the Chairpersons of each such Committee of the reasons 
        for such delay and the date on which the submission of the 
        report is anticipated.
          ``(2) Contents.--The report required by paragraph (1) shall 
        describe--
                  ``(A) the activities of the Advisory Committee during 
                the preceding year;
                  ``(B) the reports and recommendations made by the 
                Advisory Committee to the Secretaries during the 
                preceding year; and
                  ``(C) an accounting of actions taken by the 
                Secretaries as a result of the recommendations.
  ``(g) Federal Advisory Committee Act.--The Advisory Committee shall 
be exempt from the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.).
  ``(h) Abolishment of the Existing Wildlife and Hunting Heritage 
Conservation Council Advisory Committee.--Effective on the date of the 
enactment of this Act, the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation 
Council formed in furtherance of section 441 of the Revised Statutes 
(43 U.S.C. 1457), the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 (16 U.S.C. 742a), 
and other Acts applicable to specific bureaus of the Department of the 
Interior is hereby abolished.''.

                          Purpose of the Bill

    The purpose of H.R. 2799 is to establish the Wildlife and 
Hunting Heritage Conservation Council Advisory Committee to 
advise the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture on 
wildlife and habitat conservation, hunting, and recreational 
shooting.

                  Background and Need For Legislation

    On August 17, 2007, President George W. Bush signed 
Executive Order 13443, Facilitation of Hunting Heritage and 
Wildlife Conservation. The order directs federal agencies to 
``facilitate the expansion and enhancement of hunting 
opportunities and the management of game species and their 
habitat.''
    On February 4, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar 
and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the creation 
of a new Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council. 
This Council was administratively established under the 
authorities of the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956, the Federal 
Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, the National Forest 
Management Act of 1976, the National Wildlife Refuge System 
Improvement Act of 1997 and Executive Order 13443. It is 
comprised of 18 discretionary members and six ex officio 
members (the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Farm 
Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, the 
Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
and the U.S. Forest Service). The discretionary members are 
appointed by the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture to 
serve three-year terms. The Council meets twice a year, the 
members serve without pay but may be reimbursed for travel and 
per diem, the annual operating costs are estimated at $300,000 
per year, their meetings are open to the public under the terms 
of the Federal Advisory Committee Act and their duties are 
strictly advisory.
    No council member may have a direct financial interest in 
an agreement, claim, contract, lease, or engage in litigation 
with the Departments of the Interior or Agriculture. In 
addition, individuals currently registered as federal lobbyists 
may not be appointed to serve on the Council. The Council held 
its inaugural meeting on October 4-5, 2010, in Washington, DC. 
At the recent meeting on September 17-18, 2013, the agenda 
included discussions about wildlife health and disease, the 
Farm Bill, the Sportsmen's Act, and wild horses and burros on 
public lands.
    H.R. 2799 would statutorily establish the Wildlife and 
Hunting Heritage Conservation Council Advisory Committee whose 
duties would include implementing Executive Order 13443 and 
providing advice to the Secretaries of the Interior and 
Agriculture on policies to conserve agricultural lands, forest 
lands, grasslands, rangelands and wetlands; to promote 
opportunities to hunt on federal lands; to recruit new hunters 
and shooters; to increase public awareness of the importance of 
wildlife conservation; and encourage coordination among the 
hunting and shooting sports community with the states, tribes 
and federal government.
    The key differences between this measure and the existing 
Conservation Council are: a maximum of 16 rather than 18 
discretionary members, and seven rather than six ex officio 
members by adding the Director of the National Park Service. 
The discretionary members shall include at least one 
representative from a state fish and wildlife agency, game bird 
hunting organization, wildlife conservation organization, big 
game hunting organization, tourism, outfitter or guiding 
industry, firearms or ammunition manufacturing industry, the 
hunting and shooting equipment retail industry, tribal 
resources management organization, agriculture industry and 
ranching industry.
    In addition, members would be appointed by the Secretaries 
for a term of four rather than three years, no officer or 
employee of the federal government can be named as a 
discretionary member, and the existing Advisory Committee is 
abolished.
    During consideration of H.R. 2799, the Natural Resources 
Committee adopted an amendment by voice vote offered by 
Congressman John Fleming. The amendment increased the number of 
discretionary members by adding a representative of a waterfowl 
hunting organization and stipulating that non-governmental 
representatives may rather than shall be reimbursed for certain 
expenses such as travel and lodging to attend a Council 
meeting.

                            Committee Action

    H.R. 2799 was introduced on July 23, 2013, by Congressman 
Robert E. Latta (R-OH). The bill was referred to the Committee 
on Natural Resources, and within the Committee to the 
Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular 
Affairs. The bill was also referred to the Committee on 
Agriculture. On August 2, 2013, the Subcommittee on Fisheries, 
Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs held a hearing on the 
bill. On October 30, 2013, the Natural Resources Committee met 
to consider the bill. The Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, 
Oceans, and Insular Affairs was discharged by unanimous 
consent. Congressman John Fleming (R-LA) offered an amendment 
designated .001 to the bill; the amendment was adopted by voice 
vote. No further amendments were offered and the bill, as 
amended, was then adopted and ordered favorably reported to the 
House of Representatives by voice vote.

            Committee Oversight Findings and Recommendations

    Regarding clause 2(b)(1) of rule X and clause 3(c)(1) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
Committee on Natural Resources' oversight findings and 
recommendations are reflected in the body of this report.

                    Compliance With House Rule XIII

    1. Cost of Legislation. Clause 3(d)(1) of rule XIII of the 
Rules of the House of Representatives requires an estimate and 
a comparison by the Committee of the costs which would be 
incurred in carrying out this bill. However, clause 3(d)(2)(B) 
of that rule provides that this requirement does not apply when 
the Committee has included in its report a timely submitted 
cost estimate of the bill prepared by the Director of the 
Congressional Budget Office under section 402 of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974. Under clause 3(c)(3) of rule 
XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives and section 
403 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the Committee has 
received the following cost estimate for this bill from the 
Director of the Congressional Budget Office:

H.R. 2799--Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act

    H.R. 2799 would establish a committee to advise the 
Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture on issues related 
to wildlife conservation and hunting. The bill also would 
abolish the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council 
(WHHCC), an existing body that performs similar activities to 
those that would be performed by the committee established 
under the bill. CBO estimates that implementing the legislation 
would have no significant net impact on the federal budget. 
Enacting H.R. 2799 would not affect direct spending or 
revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.
    Based on information provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service regarding the costs of administering the WHHCC, CBO 
estimates that administering the advisory committee established 
under the bill would cost roughly $300,000 a year, assuming 
appropriation of the necessary amounts. Those funds would be 
used to hire a full-time employee to handle administrative 
duties for the committee and to reimburse members of the 
committee for travel and lodging expenses related to committee 
activities. CBO also estimates that any costs associated with 
administering the committee would be offset by reductions in 
spending subject to appropriation to fund activities of the 
WHHCC, which would be abolished under the bill.
    H.R. 2799 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector 
mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and 
would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments.
    The CBO staff contact for this estimate is Jeff LaFave. The 
estimate was approved by Theresa Gullo, Deputy Assistant 
Director for Budget Analysis.
    2. Section 308(a) of Congressional Budget Act. As required 
by clause 3(c)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives and section 308(a) of the Congressional Budget 
Act of 1974, this bill does not contain any new budget 
authority, spending authority, credit authority, or an increase 
or decrease in revenues or tax expenditures. CBO estimates that 
implementing the legislation would have no significant net 
impact on the federal budget.
    3. General Performance Goals and Objectives. As required by 
clause 3(c)(4) of rule XIII, the general performance goal or 
objective of this bill is to establish the Wildlife and Hunting 
Heritage Conservation Council Advisory Committee to advise the 
Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture on wildlife and 
habitat conservation, hunting, and recreational shooting.

                           Earmark Statement

    This bill does not contain any Congressional earmarks, 
limited tax benefits, or limited tariff benefits as defined 
under clause 9(e), 9(f), and 9(g) of rule XXI of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives.

                    Compliance With Public Law 104-4

    This bill contains no unfunded mandates.

                       Compliance With H. Res. 5

    Directed Rule Making. The Chairman does not believe that 
this bill directs any executive branch official to conduct any 
specific rule-making proceedings.
    Duplication of Existing Programs. This bill does not 
establish or reauthorize a program of the federal government 
known to be duplicative of another program. Such program was 
not included in any report from the Government Accountability 
Office to Congress pursuant to section 21 of Public Law 111-139 
or identified in the most recent Catalog of Federal Domestic 
Assistance published pursuant to the Federal Program 
Information Act (Public Law 95-220, as amended by Public Law 
98-169) as relating to other programs. However, this bill 
replaces an existing administratively created advisory council 
with a reformulated statutory advisory council.

                  Federal Advisory Committee Statement

    The functions of the proposed advisory committee authorized 
in the bill are not currently being nor could they be performed 
by one or more agencies. This bill establishes by statute and 
modifies an advisory council created by executive action.

                Preemption of State, Local or Tribal Law

    This bill is not intended to preempt any State, local or 
tribal law.

         Changes in Existing Law Made by the Bill, as Reported

  In compliance with clause 3(e) of rule XIII of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, changes in existing law made by 
the bill, as reported, are shown as follows (new matter is 
printed in italics):

FISH AND WILDLIFE COORDINATION ACT

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SEC. 10. WILDLIFE AND HUNTING HERITAGE CONSERVATION COUNCIL ADVISORY 
                    COMMITTEE.

  (a) Establishment.--There is hereby established the Wildlife 
and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council Advisory Committee 
(in this section referred to as the ``Advisory Committee'') to 
advise the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture on 
wildlife and habitat conservation, hunting, and recreational 
shooting.
  (b) Duties of the Advisory Committee.--The Advisory Committee 
shall advise the Secretaries with regard to--
          (1) implementation of Executive Order No. 13443: 
        Facilitation of Hunting Heritage and Wildlife 
        Conservation, which directs Federal agencies ``to 
        facilitate the expansion and enhancement of hunting 
        opportunities and the management of game species and 
        their habitat'';
          (2) policies or programs to conserve and restore 
        wetlands, agricultural lands, grasslands, forest, and 
        rangeland habitats;
          (3) policies or programs to promote opportunities and 
        access to hunting and shooting sports on Federal lands;
          (4) policies or programs to recruit and retain new 
        hunters and shooters;
          (5) policies or programs that increase public 
        awareness of the importance of wildlife conservation 
        and the social and economic benefits of recreational 
        hunting and shooting; and
          (6) policies or programs that encourage coordination 
        among the public, the hunting and shooting sports 
        community, wildlife conservation groups, and States, 
        tribes, and the Federal Government.
  (c) Membership.--
          (1) Appointment.--
                  (A) In general.--The Advisory Committee shall 
                consist of no more than 16 discretionary 
                members and 7 ex officio members.
                  (B) Ex officio members.--The ex officio 
                members are--
                          (i) the Director of the United States 
                        Fish and Wildlife Service or a 
                        designated representative of the 
                        Director;
                          (ii) the Director of the Bureau of 
                        Land Management or a designated 
                        representative of the Director;
                          (iii) the Director of the National 
                        Park Service or a designated 
                        representative of the Director;
                          (iv) the Chief of the Forest Service 
                        or a designated representative of the 
                        Chief;
                          (v) the Chief of the Natural 
                        Resources Conservation Service or a 
                        designated representative of the Chief;
                          (vi) the Administrator of the Farm 
                        Service Agency or a designated 
                        representative of the Administrator; 
                        and
                          (vii) the Executive Director of the 
                        Association of Fish and Wildlife 
                        Agencies.
                  (C) Discretionary members.--The discretionary 
                members shall be appointed jointly by the 
                Secretaries from at least one of each of the 
                following:
                          (i) State fish and wildlife agencies.
                          (ii) Game bird hunting organizations.
                          (iii) Wildlife conservation 
                        organizations.
                          (iv) Big game hunting organizations.
                          (v) The tourism, outfitter, or 
                        guiding industry.
                          (vi) The firearms or ammunition 
                        manufacturing industry.
                          (vii) The hunting or shooting 
                        equipment retail industry.
                          (viii) Tribal resource management 
                        organizations.
                          (ix) The agriculture industry.
                          (x) The ranching industry.
                          (xi) Waterfowl hunting organizations.
                  (D) Eligibility.--Prior to the appointment of 
                the discretionary members, the Secretaries 
                shall determine that all individuals nominated 
                for appointment to the Advisory Committee, and 
                the organization each individual represents, 
                actively support and promote sustainable-use 
                hunting, wildlife conservation, and 
                recreational shooting.
          (2) Terms.--
                  (A) In general.--Except as provided in 
                subparagraph (B), members of the Advisory 
                Committee shall be appointed for a term of 4 
                years. Members shall not be appointed for more 
                than 3 consecutive or nonconsecutive terms.
                  (B) Terms of initial appointees.--As 
                designated by the Secretary at the time of 
                appointment, of the members first appointed--
                          (i) 6 members shall be appointed for 
                        a term of 4 years;
                          (ii) 5 members shall be appointed for 
                        a term of 3 years; and
                          (iii) 5 members shall be appointed 
                        for a term of 2 years.
          (3) Preservation of public advisory status.--No 
        individual may be appointed as a discretionary member 
        of the Advisory Committee while serving as an officer 
        or employee of the Federal Government.
          (4) Vacancy and removal.--
                  (A) In general.--Any vacancy on the Advisory 
                Committee shall be filled in the manner in 
                which the original appointment was made.
                  (B) Removal.--Advisory Committee members 
                shall serve at the discretion of the 
                Secretaries and may be removed at any time for 
                good cause.
          (5) Continuation of service.--Each appointed member 
        may continue to serve after the expiration of the term 
        of office to which such member was appointed until a 
        successor has been appointed.
          (6) Chairperson.--The Chairperson of the Advisory 
        Committee shall be appointed for a 3-year term by the 
        Secretaries, jointly, from among the members of the 
        Advisory Committee. An individual may not be appointed 
        as Chairperson for more than 2 consecutive or 
        nonconsecutive terms.
          (7) Pay and expenses.--Members of the Advisory 
        Committee shall serve without pay for such service, but 
        each member of the Advisory Committee may be reimbursed 
        for travel and lodging incurred through attending 
        meetings of the Advisory Committee approved subgroup 
        meetings in the same amounts and under the same 
        conditions as Federal employees (in accordance with 
        section 5703 of title 5, United States Code).
          (8) Meetings.--
                  (A) In general.--The Advisory Committee shall 
                meet at the call of the Secretaries, the 
                chairperson, or a majority of the members, but 
                not less frequently than twice annually.
                  (B) Open meetings.--Each meeting of the 
                Advisory Committee shall be open to the public.
                  (C) Prior notice of meetings.--Timely notice 
                of each meeting of the Advisory Committee shall 
                be published in the Federal Register and be 
                submitted to trade publications and 
                publications of general circulation.
                  (D) Subgroups.--The Advisory Committee may 
                establish such workgroups or subgroups as it 
                deems necessary for the purpose of compiling 
                information or conducting research. However, 
                such workgroups may not conduct business 
                without the direction of the Advisory Committee 
                and must report in full to the Advisory 
                Committee.
          (9) Quorum.--Nine members of the Advisory Committee 
        shall constitute a quorum.
  (d) Expenses.--The expenses of the Advisory Committee that 
the Secretaries determine to be reasonable and appropriate 
shall be paid by the Secretaries.
  (e) Administrative Support, Technical Services, and Advice.--
A designated Federal Officer shall be jointly appointed by the 
Secretaries to provide to the Advisory Committee the 
administrative support, technical services, and advice that the 
Secretaries determine to be reasonable and appropriate.
  (f) Annual Report.--
          (1) Required.--Not later than September 30 of each 
        year, the Advisory Committee shall submit a report to 
        the Secretaries, the Committee on Natural Resources and 
        the Committee on Agriculture of the House of 
        Representatives, and the Committee on Energy and 
        Natural Resources and the Committee on Agriculture, 
        Nutrition, and Forestry of the Senate. If circumstances 
        arise in which the Advisory Committee cannot meet the 
        September 30 deadline in any year, the Secretaries 
        shall advise the Chairpersons of each such Committee of 
        the reasons for such delay and the date on which the 
        submission of the report is anticipated.
          (2) Contents.--The report required by paragraph (1) 
        shall describe--
                  (A) the activities of the Advisory Committee 
                during the preceding year;
                  (B) the reports and recommendations made by 
                the Advisory Committee to the Secretaries 
                during the preceding year; and
                  (C) an accounting of actions taken by the 
                Secretaries as a result of the recommendations.
  (g) Federal Advisory Committee Act.--The Advisory Committee 
shall be exempt from the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 
U.S.C. App.).
  (h) Abolishment of the Existing Wildlife and Hunting Heritage 
Conservation Council Advisory Committee.--Effective on the date 
of the enactment of this Act, the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage 
Conservation Council formed in furtherance of section 441 of 
the Revised Statutes (43 U.S.C. 1457), the Fish and Wildlife 
Act of 1956 (16 U.S.C. 742a), and other Acts applicable to 
specific bureaus of the Department of the Interior is hereby 
abolished.

                            DISSENTING VIEWS

    H.R. 2799 would establish the Wildlife Hunting and Heritage 
Conservation Council Advisory Committee to serve as counsel to 
the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture on policies 
that benefit recreational hunting and wildlife resources. We 
have heard in testimony from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
that this Council already exists: President Obama established 
the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council by 
executive order in 2010.
    As the Fish and Wildlife Service mentioned in responding to 
a question for the record of the August 2 subcommittee hearing 
on this bill, the legislation dilutes the voice of hunters by 
dropping required representation from three hunting outreach 
and education groups, and sportsmen and women at-large, and 
replacing them with required representation from the firearms, 
ranching and agriculture industries. There are more than 50 
Federal Advisory Councils that address agricultural and 
ranching issues, but the Council this bill seeks to replace is 
the only group that provides a voice solely for the hunting 
community.
    In addition to stacking the deck against conservation and 
exempting the Council from the Federal Advisory Committee Act's 
transparency requirements, this bill would eliminate the 
flexibility this President or others in the future have to 
adjust the composition, structure, or function of the Committee 
to respond to the needs of hunting and conservation interests. 
For these reasons, we oppose H.R. 2799 as reported.
                                   Peter DeFazio,
                                           Ranking Member.
                                   Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan.