July 1, 2020 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Building off of the Senate’s recent passage of the Great American Outdoors Act , the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) led the effort to secure House passage of the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 3742) as part of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act.
The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) was adopted as part of H.R. 2 on a voice vote, a sign of the strong bipartisan support for this legislation. This achievement marks a historic step to providing nearly $1.4 billion in unprecedented funding for nearly 12,000 at-risk species.
RAWA was introduced earlier this Congress by Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Vice-Chair Representative Debbie Dingell (MI) and CSC member Representative Jeff Fortenberry (NE). Prior to the successful vote earlier today, CSF played a leading role in securing the inclusion of RAWA as part of H.R. 2 through alerts and strategic outreach to key CSC members in the House. CSF also helped lead a letter, which was signed by a strong contingent of more than 250 of the nation’s top conservation organizations, in support of advancing the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act as a means to stimulate the economy.
“As the Legislative Co-Chair of Alliance for America’s Fish and Wildlife, I am grateful for the leadership and commitment of Representatives Dingell and Fortenberry,” said CSF President Jeff Crane. “The passage of Recovering America’s Wildlife Act out of the House represents the most significant investment in state and tribal fish and wildlife conservation in the last two decades, and we are now shifting our efforts to passing RAWA out of the Senate and then over to the President’s desk to be signed into law.”
The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act will authorize $1.397 billion for a period of 5 years to expand our recreational infrastructure, restore our natural resources, and invest in on-the-ground projects in every state and territory, and on tribal lands. Specifically, the funds authorized by RAWA will strengthen the capacity of state fish and wildlife agencies as the primary managers of our nation’s fish and wildlife to conduct proactive conservation efforts by providing financial assistance to fully implement their Congressionally mandated State Wildlife Action Plans.
As a component of H.R. 2, the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act awaits further action in the Senate.
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