On June 18, the House Rules Committee voted to report H.R. 3055 to the House floor for further consideration and amendments. During the floor amendment process, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) was heavily involved in working with Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Members to incorporate several pro-conservation amendments into H.R. 3055.
This “minibus” funds the Departments of Commerce, Agriculture, and the Interior, among other federal agencies. Amendments included:
- Number 32, submitted by CSC Member Congressman Garret Graves (LA), which prevents NOAA from using any funds that would violate the national standards of the Magnuson-Stevens Act;
- Number 106, submitted by CSC Co-Chair Congressman Marc Veasey (TX) and CSC Members Congressmen Ron Kind (WI), Paul Gosar (AZ), and Ralph Abraham (LA) to provide $12 million in funding the Department of Agriculture Animal Plant Health Inspection Service for the purposes of combating Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD);
- Number 140, submitted by CSC Members Rep. Gosar and Abraham, provides $1.72 million to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for CWD related research in deer, elk, and moose populations.
CSF also actively opposed Amendment 133, which prevents the USFWS from issuing permits for the importation of elephant or lion trophies from Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Tanzania. This short-sighted and emotionally-driven amendment fails to recognize the contributions of international hunting and the conservation benefits associated with the financial contributions of these activities. Unfortunately, despite strong opposition from the sporting conservation community, this amendment passed on a vote of 239-192.
Prior to the amendment votes on the House floor, CSF sent alerts urging the CSC to support the pro-sporting conservation Amendments 32, 106, and 140; and to oppose Amendment 133.
The House is anticipated to pass H.R. 3055 later this week. CSF will work to ensure the pro-sporting line-items and amendments are included in future appropriations bills and will work to see anti-conservation amendments defeated.
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