H.R.3979 – Keep America’s Refuges Operational Act

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H.R.3979 – Keep America’s Refuges Operational Act


The purpose of H.R. 3979 is to amend the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 to reauthorize the volunteer services, community partnership, and refuge education programs of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

“H.R. 3979 would authorize the appropriation of $2 million a year over the 2018-2022 period for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to carry out volunteer programs and community partnerships at national wildlife refuges. Under those programs, volunteers assist USFWS personnel in conducting recreation activities, restoring habitats, and performing administrative and maintenance work at national wildlife refuges. In 2017, those programs received appropriations of roughly $8 million.” – cbo

 (Full text of H.R.3979 congress.gov)

SponsorRep. Jeffries, Hakeem S. [D-NY-8] (Introduced 10/05/2017)

Status: Passed House /



On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 371 – 14 (Roll no. 687)

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Cost to the taxpayersCBO assumes that the legislation will be enacted early in calendar year 2018 and that the authorized amounts will be appropriated for each fiscal year. As based on historical spending patterns, CBO estimates that implementing the bill would cost $10 million over the 2018-2022 period. The costs of this legislation fall within budget function 300 (natural resources and environment).

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  Enacting the bill would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.

Dynamic Scoring:   CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 3979 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2028.

Regulatory and Other Impact: H.R. 3979 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.

Tax Complexity:  Not applicable to this bill.

Earmark Certification:  Data not available

Duplication of programs: Data not available

Direct Rule-Making:  Data not available

Advisory Committee Statement: Data not available

Budget Authority: Data not available

Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.


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