A package of critically important bipartisan sporting-conservation priorities is on the move in Congress. We need your help to get it across the finish line. CLICK HERE to encourage your representative to support this legislation.
On January 9, the Senate passed S. 3051, the America's Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act, by amending the bill into H.R. 925, which passed the House in late November.
The prioritization and swift passage of this strong bipartisan legislation as currently written by the House of Representatives is critically important to ensuring H.R. 925, the ACE Act, is signed into law. The bill as amended and passed out of the Senate contains a number of long-standing priorities including:
- Sec. 102 - Losses of livestock due to depredation by federally protected species: Establishment of a grant program to compensate livestock producers for loss of livestock due to federally protected species such as wolves and grizzly bears as the cost of losses that occur threaten the margins that keep producers in business. $15 million is authorized for Fiscal Years 2021 - 2025 for the grant program.
- Sec. 104 - Chronic Wasting Disease Task Force: Establishing a task force within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to help combat Chronic Wasting Disease.
- Sec. 106 - North American Wetlands Conservation Act: Authorizes $60 million annually through Fiscal Years 2021-2025 for the North American Wetlands Conservation Act.
- Sec 108 - Modification of definition of sport fishing equipment under Toxic Substances Control Act: Exempts lead fishing tackle from the unwarranted purview of the Toxic Substances Control Act and the Environmental Protection Agency.
- Title II - National Fish Habitat Conservation Through Partnerships: Congressionally authorizes the National Fish Habitat Partnership and authorizes $7.2 million annually through Fiscal Year 2021-2025 for on-the-ground, fish and aquatic habitat conservation under Title III.
H.R. 925 now awaits to be scheduled by House Leadership for a floor vote.
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