On the proposed SunZia Southwest Transmission Project that proposes to cross the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, we have continued to express our concerns about the project’s potential impact on wildlife to the Bureau of Land Management and the developers, insisting that a compatibility determination is required for a project of this magnitude. 

Lastly, CARE has approved the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers to join the coalition, increasing our member organizations to 24.

What’s Ahead

Congress is continuing budget package negotiations for FY2023 government funding, but there is increasing concern about meeting the December 16th deadline, as Congress has yet to agree on topline spending numbers. A Continuing Resolution (CR) may be needed to allow another week to reach a deal, but House Republicans are lobbying for another CR until next year, when they will assume control of the chamber. This must-pass omnibus package provides the potential for moving other policies members want to move during lame duck, particularly an environmentally problematic permitting reform package Senator Manchin is pushing. 

It is looking unlikely that the debt ceiling will come into play, instead pushing that fight to next year. Congress is also looking to wrap up negotiations on the FY2023 defense authorization bill, which is expected to carry a host of energy and environment priorities.

How You Can Help

Visit our Action Center before the CR runs out on December 16 to help urge your representatives in Congress to increase appropriations for the National Wildlife Refuge System in FY2023! 

Also, be sure to tune in to our next webinar for Refuge Friends on December 21st at 2 pm ET to learn about the staffing challenges facing the National Wildlife Refuge System and how you can help advocate for more funding to address these challenges in FY2024. 

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