With the election of several new pro-hunting Senators the Biparisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015 has its best chance of passing through both chambers of Congress ever. The Biparisan Sportsman’s Act is not only an access bill, but also a way to promote economic growth.
Today, SCI is pleased to announce the introduction of the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015 in the U.S. Senate by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). This important compendium of pro-hunting provisions has been passed by the House but blocked in the Senate for years. Now, with the election of several new pro-hunting Senators in 2014 and the resulting change in chamber leadership, the bill now has its best chance ever to be passed through both chambers of the Congress. SCI worked in conjunction with other pro-sportsmen’s groups such as the National Rifle Association (NRA), National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the Boone and Crockett Club, and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) who worked tirelessly from the very first day of the 114th Congress on the introduction of this landmark piece of legislation.
“SCI would like to thank Senator Murkowski for her leadership and support for America’s hunters and anglers,” said SCI President Craig Kauffman. “America’s hunters and anglers trust that the U.S. Senate will take action on this landmark piece of legislation quickly to preserve our hunting heritage for future generations of sportsmen.”
“The Bipartisan Sportsman¹s Act is not only an access bill, but also a way to promote economic growth in our country. Sportsmen and women across the country spend billions of dollars each year on outdoor activities. In Alaska alone there are more than 125,000 individuals who engage in hunting each year. This economic activity not only helps local communities but aids conservation efforts as well,” Sen. Murkowski said. “This commonsense, bipartisan legislation supports conservation efforts while also improving access to recreational hunting and fishing on federal lands.”
SCI is very appreciative of the work of Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and her Democratic colleague Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) in compiling the bill and serving as the principal original co-sponsors, please contact your two U.S. Senators and urge them to support the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015!