June 8, 2012 – The bipartisan leadership of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) has once again banded together to advance sportsmen’s interests in the Senate. CSC Chairs Senators Tester and Thune introduced the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 as an amendment to the 2012 Farm Bill (S. 3240).
Senator Tester said, “When I talk to hunters and anglers, their biggest concern is access to public lands. This common sense legislation combines the best ideas from Republicans and Democrats to ensure that the best places to hunt and fish are available to sportsmen and women. As Chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, I’ll keep fighting for them.”
This amendment is essential to the expansion and enhancement of hunting and recreational fishing and shooting. It is a compilation of a number of different bills that promote and advance our hunting and recreational fishing and shooting heritage. Several of these bills have passed the House of Representatives on a bipartisan basis as part of H.R.4089, The Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012, which was strongly supported by the CSC leadership and members as well as the broader sportsmen’s community.
“I am pleased that this amendment significantly advances the cause of making public lands more accessible for multiple uses including hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation,” said Senator Thune. “Our amendment reauthorizes the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. This amendment also includes language that I’ve advocated for in the past which would ensure that the EPA cannot regulate the use of lead ammunition and lead in fishing gear.”
To highlight a few of the provisions in the amendment, it would:
- Improve access to Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service lands for hunting and fishing where access is impeded;
- Confirm that the Environmental Protection Agency does not have the jurisdiction to regulate traditional ammunition with lead components and lead fishing tackle;
- Amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act to allow hunters who legally harvested polar bears in Canada prior to its listing under the Endangered Species Act to purchase permits in order to transport their trophies into the U.S.;
- Assess the critical marine habitat associated with wells and platforms scheduled for removal in the Gulf of Mexico which are of interest to recreational fishermen;
- Conserve billfish and thereby enhance the U.S. marine and recreational fishing economies;
- Reauthorize the Duck Stamp Act and North American Wetlands Conservation Act to advance wetlands and waterfowl conservation; and
- Authorize the National Fish Habitat Conservation Act to improve fish habitat across the nation.
“Including this amendment in the Farm Bill is a significant step forward for sportsmen in the 112th Congress,” said the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation’s (CSF) President, Jeff Crane. “We at the CSF are thrilled the Caucus Chairs have acted in a true bipartisan fashion to take action in advancing a pro-sportsmen agenda with this amendment that protects and enhances sportsmen’s interests. We thank the Caucus members for their commitment and hard work on behalf of our nation’s sportsmen. ”
On June 7, the Senate voted to proceed to consideration of the 2012 Farm Bill, where the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 amendment will be proposed for inclusion. For full descriptions of the bills included in the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012, click here. The CSF will continue to work with the CSC and will keep you up to date on the progression of the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 and 2012 Farm Bill as they move forward in the Senate.
Contact your Senators today and urge them to support the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 (AMDT 2232) as an amendment to the 2012 Farm Bill.
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