Committee to vote on international oil, conservation bills

By Emma Dumain | 04/15/2024 06:30 AM EDT

Bipartisan legislation would authorize funding for overseas conservation efforts.

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.)

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) is sponsoring legislation to fund international conservation. Francis Chung/POLITICO

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week will consider bipartisan legislation to authorize millions of dollars for international conservation efforts.

The scheduled markup on S. 618, from Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), the “United States Foundation for International Conservation Act,” follows last month’s 42-7 vote in favor of companion legislation, H.R. 6727, inside the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

It would establish a foundation to identify and provide financial support for critical conservation needs around the globe.


Lawmakers have proposed an authorization of $1 million for fiscal year 2024, and no more than $100 million to be spent between fiscal years 2025 through 2034. The bill has garnered support from numerous groups, including the World Wildlife Foundation and The Nature Conservancy.