House Approves Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Package
Measure Protects Hunting & Fishing Rights on Public Lands
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 5, 2014 | Committee Press Office (202-225-2761)
Today, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 3590, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act by a bipartisan vote of 268-154. This bipartisan package of bills protects the traditional rights of American sportsmen to fish and hunt, removes government roadblocks and red tape, and promotes American job creation and economic growth by supporting recreational opportunities on these federal lands.
"This legislation ensures that Americans’ ability to fish and hunt will not be arbitrarily subject to limitation by the whim of federal bureaucrats. It also makes clear that public lands are ‘open until closed’ to such recreational activities, and it absolutely makes clear that President Obama’s activist EPA does not have the authority to regulate ammunition and fishing tackle,” said Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings. “Hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting are long-standing American traditions that deserve protection, which is exactly what this bill provides. This important legislation is not a solution in search of a problem, but a necessary response to bureaucratic threats to fishing, hunting, and recreational shooting that are very real.”
This bipartisan package of bills is cosponsored by the Republican and Democrat Chairs of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, Bob Latta of Ohio and Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, and Caucus Vice-Chairs, Rob Wittman of Virginia and Tim Walz of Minnesota. It is also endorsed by 36 sportsmen’s organizations.
Specifically, H.R. 3590, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act:
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