House Committee to Hold Markup on Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund

This Tuesday, May 8, at 10:15am ET, the House Natural Resources Committee will hold a markup on the Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act (H.R. 2591).

This bill was introduced by Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Vice-Chair Congressman Austin Scott (GA) in 2017. It amends the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to provide further financial and technical assistance to state fish and wildlife agencies by allowing them to use those funds for recruitment and retention of sportsmen and women and hunter education programs. In November 2017, twenty-eight wildlife conservation organizations, including the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, sent a letter in support of this legislation to the Committee.

Tune in to watch the markup live: naturalresources.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=404614

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A key component of the American System of Conservation Funding, the Pittman- Robertson Act directs excise taxes on firearms, ammo, and archery equipment to wildlife conservation. Since its inception in 1937 the Act has generated more than $12 billion towards conservation. However, there has been a loss of 5 million hunters in the past decade. One proposed solution to help fund conservation is to dedicate lottery proceeds for conservation purposes. Would you support this effort in your state?

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