- Last week, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee (Committee) held a meeting to consider a number of Cabinet nominations.
- Relevant to sportsmen and women, the Committee held a vote to advance the nomination of Ms. Shannon Estenoz to serve as the Assistant Secretary of Fish and Wildlife and Parks at the Department of the Interior, which passed on a vote of 19-1.
Why it matters: The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is the single most important federal agency to sportsmen and women. DOI is responsible for access and conservation on federal lands including National Wildlife Refuges, National Fish Hatcheries, Bureau of Land Management lands, and National Park Service units, among others. The position of Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks directly oversees the management and conservation of our natural resources, making this position one of critical importance to America’s hunters and anglers.
On Wednesday, the Senate Environment and Publics Works (EPW) Committee (Committee) voted to advance the nomination of Ms. Shannon Estenoz to serve as Assistant Secretary of Fish and Wildlife and Parks on a vote of 19-1.
Given her diverse background in the private sector, and record of bipartisan work in the public sector, Ms. Estenoz is uniquely qualified to serve as the next Assistant Secretary of Fish and Wildlife and Parks. In addition to previously serving as DOI’s Director of Everglades Restoration Initiatives, Ms. Estenoz was appointed by three Florida Governors, spanning both political parties, to serve on the Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District.
Prior to her confirmation hearing and subsequent vote, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) joined a letter with 26 of the nation’s leading sporting conservation organizations in support of Ms. Estenoz’s nomination and sent an alert to the Committee urging members of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus to favorably advance her nomination, which now awaits consideration for a floor vote in the Senate.
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