Committee to vote on international conservation fund

By Rebekah Alvey | 03/18/2024 06:20 AM EDT

The legislation would allocate $1 million for a foundation to support international conservation projects.

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas).

The House Foreign Affairs Committee will vote on international conservation legislation from Chair Michael McCaul (R-Texas). Francis Chung/POLITICO

A House panel will vote on legislation this week that would establish a foundation for international conservation.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee, led by Chair Michael McCaul (R-Texas), will hold a markup on several measures including H.R. 6727, the “United States Foundation for International Conservation Act of 2023.”

The bill, sponsored by McCaul, would establish a foundation to leverage funding for projects that manage protected and conserved areas around the world. The measure would authorize $1 million, with an additional $100,000 annually through 2035.


The legislation has bipartisan support with co-sponsors including Reps. David Joyce (R-Ohio) and ranking member Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.). Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) are supporting a similar bill, S. 618.