After the surprise vote on a procedural motion on Monday, November 26 that seemingly ended chances of passage of the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012, key Senate members are vowing to work out a solution, according to the American Sportfishing Association. Anglers can do their party and keep the pressure on their Senator.
To help support this important legislation, go to www.keepamericafishing.org/sportsmensact and use the attached template letter to FAX another message to your Senators.
The Sportsman’s Act of 2012 contains 17 distinct measures that are important to anglers and hunters and four that are especially helpful to the sportfishing industry. While the bill has been stalled, we must rally our congressional leaders to make sure it moves forward.
This is the largest sportsmen’s package in a generation.
On November 26 the U.S. Senate failed to advance the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 (S. 3525). After months of discussion with Senate members by a diverse coalition of angling, hunting and conservation organizations to create a historic bill containing 17 key provisions for anglers, hunters and fish and wildlife conservation, the bill failed to pass over a party line vote on a procedural motion.
The bill ran into trouble when a point of order was raised about whether the bill violated a 2011 budget agreement and a motion to waive the point of order failed by 10 votes. Budget related disputes are not uncommon when large pieces of legislation come to the Senate floor. It is, however, very uncommon for a budget point of order challenging a provision that would modestly increase revenues to sink a bill. Six senators were not present and the vote on the procedural motion to waive the point of order fell along party lines with the exception of two senators.
To see how your Senator voted, please visit the voting results.
Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.), along with 14 co-sponsors, introduced the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 on September 10. Individual bills of particular importance to the sportfishing community in the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 include:
The Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Protection Act — Blocks ongoing attempts to federally ban lead in recreational fishing equipment and ammunition by amending the Toxic Substances Control Act.
National Fish Habitat Conservation Act — Authorizes the National Fish Habitat Partnership, the most comprehensive effort ever attempted to conserve, restore and enhance fish habitat on a range-wide scale.
Making Public Lands Public Act — Increases access for angling, hunting and recreational shooting on federal lands by directing 1.5 percent of the Land and Water Conservation Fund to ensure access to fishing, hunting and other recreational activities.
To learn more visit www.keepamericafishing.org.