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Senate takes the 'Bipartisan' from the Sportsmen's Act, dooms legislation

Fri, 07/11/2014

Photo by John Gale

The Senate voted 41-56 Thursday against cloture to end debate on the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014 (S. 2363), co-sponsored by Sens. Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) effectively killing the bill for this session. Many of the same cosponsors of the bill voted against it, making the Sportsmen’s Act the latest of several bipartisan measures to fall to partisan politics this legislative session.

"Today a bipartisan bill with widespread public support has been torpedoed by unrelated congressional politics," said Collin O’ Mara, the National Wildlife Federation’s president and CEO. "The Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act would have secured funding for the conservation of wetlands and other wildlife habitat, and expanded hunting, fishing and other recreational opportunities on public lands." 

Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act boosts conservation, access and opportunity

Thu, 05/29/2014
Photo by John Gale
By Russell Bassett
Formed by hunters and anglers who acknowledged the need to unite all wildlife and conservation interests, the National Wildlife Federation has been leading on critical issues that are a priority to sportsmen and women for nearly 80 years. Often this leadership is focused on protecting and expanding fish and wildlife habitat, but other times it’s about expanding access and opportunity for fishing and hunting.
In many ways, the Bi-Partisan Sportsmen Act of 2014 (S. 2363, formerly S.1966) does both. This Senate bill, which could go to a vote any day now, incorporates several smaller
bills written by both Democrats and Republicans to create what is truly a bipartisan bill — a very rare thing these days in Congress.

Colorado Wildlife Federation: Don’t delay progress on sage grouse

Tue, 05/19/2015

Sportsmen, outdoor groups want to see work continue on sage-grouse conservation. Image:NWF

By Judith Kohler

AWF President named ‘Conservationist of 2014'

Sat, 03/14/2015

Tom Mackin