The Senate has locked in an agreement to complete action on the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 (S. 3525). On Monday, November 26, the Senate will hold two votes on S. 3525. The first vote will be on whether to waive the Budget Control Act and will require a 60-vote threshold to pass. The second vote will be on final passage of S. 3525 as amended by a consensus, substitute amendment from Senator Tester. On November 15, leaders agreed that no amendments would be offered to the bill.
Introduced by Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Co-Chair Senator Jon Tester, S. 3525 is a historic package of pro-sportsmen’s legislation that has strong support from the sportsmen’s community, including the 46 organizations representing millions of hunters, anglers and wildlife enthusiasts that signed onto a November 1 letter expressing their appreciation for the Senate’s bipartisan vote to move forward with S. 3525 in the “lame duck” session. (Click here for a full description). In April, the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012 (H.R. 4089) was passed by the House of Representatives by a bipartisan vote of 276 to 146. If S. 3525 is passed, it will then move to the House.
Eventual passage of this unprecedented pro-sportsmen’s legislation will promote, protect and advance our nation’s hunting, shooting and conservation heritage for generations to come. CSF will keep you apprised as this process moves forward.
Studies conducted at both the state and federal level have found that the number of hunters and trappers have been on a generally declining trend over the past several decades. To increase recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of hunters and trappers, which initiative do you think would have the greatest impact?