Senate Passes Robust Conservation Package Known as the ACE Act

Last week, the Senate passed S. 3051, the America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act, marking the second time the Senate has passed this robust conservation package on unanimous consent, demonstrating their strong support for sportsmen and women.

The ACE Act first passed the Senate in early January in the form of H.R. 925, but the ACE Act had to be passed by the Senate a second time due to legislative negotiations that occurred when the ACE Act was received in the House. The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation continues to remain heavily engaged on advancing the ACE Act and is working to shepherd this strongly supported legislation through the House. The ACE Act consists of nearly a dozen provisions that will increase access for sportsmen and women and authorize critical funding for fish and wildlife habitat. The ACE Act will:

  • Reauthorize the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) at $60 million annually for a period of 5 years;
  • Prohibit the EPA from regulating the use of lead fishing tackle for a period of 5 years;
  • Establishes a task force within the USFWS to combat Chronic Wasting Disease;
  • Congressionally authorizes the National Fish Habitat Partnership at $7.2 million annually for a period of 5 years;
  • Reauthorization of the Chesapeake Bay Program starting at $90 million and increasing to $92 million over a 5-year period;
  • Among others

The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation will work with the House members of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus to advance the ACE Act that was passed out of the Senate. The bill now awaits to be scheduled for a vote in the House.

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