Key Conservation Funding Bill Receives Support in Senate Committee

Last week, during a legislative hearing in the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, a key Senator reiterated his strong support for America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act.

During the hearing, Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Member and Ranking Member of the Committee Senator Tom Carper (DE) reiterated his support for the ACE Act by stating, “Over the last several weeks, our staffs have collaborated with our House colleagues on the ACE Act, and my hope is that we will be able to get that bill on the President’s desk for his signature sometime this month.”  This is welcome news to the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation who has been actively working to advance the ACE Act since it was first introduced. The ACE Act was introduced earlier this Congress in a bipartisan fashion by CSC Member and EPW Chairman John Barrasso (WY) and Ranking Member Carper, who have remained steadfast champions of this important legislation.

The ACE Act builds off previous successes in the 116th Congress such as the Great American Outdoors Act, the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act, Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act, and the Dingell Act. The ACE Act is comprised of more than a dozen provisions that will bolster the sportsmen’s community’s efforts to combat wildlife disease, increase public access to public lands and waters, and enhance critical fish and wildlife habitat.

The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation continues to work with CSC Members to advance the ACE Act.

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