2236 112th CONGRESS
H. R. 2236
To provide for the issuance of a Wildlife Refuge
System Conservation Semipostal Stamp.IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mr. SABLAN (for himself, Ms. BORDALLO, Mr. FALEOMAVAEGA,
Mr. PIERLUISI, Mr. GRIJALVA, Ms. SLAUGHTER, Mrs. NAPOLITANO, Mr. SERRANO, Ms.
HIRONO, Mr. DAVID SCOTT of Georgia, Mr. HONDA, Ms. NORTON, Mr. WU, Mrs. MALONEY,
Mrs. CAPPS, Mr. KIND, Mr. YOUNG of Alaska, Mr. CONNOLLY of Virginia, Mr. KILDEE,
Mr. BOREN, Mr. BUTTERFIELD, Mr. LIPINSKI, Mr. FORTENBERRY, and Mr. LUJAN) introduced
the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government
Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources, for a period to
be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such
provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned
To provide for the issuance of a Wildlife Refuge System
Conservation Semipostal Stamp.
Be it enacted by the
Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
may be cited as the `Wildlife Refuge System Conservation Semipostal Stamp Act
SEC. 2. WILDLIFE REFUGE SYSTEM CONSERVATION SEMIPOSTAL
(a) In General- In order to afford a convenient way for
members of the public to contribute to funding for the maintenance backlog and
operational shortfall of the National Wildlife Refuge System, the United States
Postal Service shall issue a semipostal stamp (referred to in this Act as the
`Wildlife Refuge System Conservation Semipostal Stamp') in accordance with the
provisions of this section.
(1) IN GENERAL- The Wildlife Refuge System Conservation Semipostal Stamp shall
be offered at a cost equal to the cost of mailing a letter weighing 1 ounce or
less at the nonautomation single-piece first-ounce letter rate, in effect at the
time of purchase, plus a differential of not less than 15 percent.
(2) VOLUNTARY USE- The use of any semipostal issued under this section shall be
voluntary on the part of postal patrons.
RATE- The special rate of postage of an individual stamp under this section shall
be an amount that is evenly divisible by 5.
(c) Other Terms
and Conditions- The issuance and sale of the Wildlife Refuge System Conservation
Semipostal Stamp shall be governed by the provisions of section 416 of title 39,
United States Code, and regulations issued under such section, subject to subsection
(b) and the following:
(1) DISPOSITION OF PROCEEDS-
(A) IN GENERAL- All amounts becoming available from the sale of the Wildlife Refuge
System Conservation Semipostal Stamp (as determined under section 416(d) of such
title 39) shall be transferred to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service,
for the purpose described in subsection (a), through payments which shall be made
at least twice a year, with the proceeds to be allocated to the National Wildlife
Refuge System appropriation subactivity.
PROCEEDS NOT TO BE OFFSET- In accordance with section 416(d)(4) of such title
39, amounts becoming available from the sale of the Wildlife Refuge System Conservation
Semipostal Stamp (as so determined) shall not be taken into account in any decision
relating to the level of appropriations or other Federal funding to be furnished
in any year to--
(i) the United States Fish
and Wildlife Service; or
(ii) any of
the funds identified in subparagraph (A).
DURATION- The Wildlife Refuge System Conservation Semipostal Stamp shall be made
available to the public for a period of at least 2 years, beginning no later than
12 months after the date of the enactment of this Act.
(3) LIMITATION- The Wildlife Refuge System Conservation Semipostal Stamp shall
not be subject to, or taken into account for purposes of applying, any limitation
under section 416(e)(1)(C) of such title 39.
For purposes of this Act, the term `semipostal stamp' refers to a stamp described
in section 416(a)(1) of title 39, United States Code.