Contact U.S. House and Senate Leadership Today!
Congress is getting ready to adjourn for the year, but there is still time to get pro-sportsman legislation passed – with your help. The proposed packages of legislation would create additional hunting, fishing and recreational shooting opportunities, while conserving and maintaining wildlife habitat and fisheries.
Similar packages of bills have been proposed over the past few years with limited success. Up for consideration now, are provisions important to hunters, anglers, trappers and recreational shooters, including: “Open Until Closed,” the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act, Pittman-Robertson Modernization Act and many others.
“Open Until Closed” would require lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service be open for hunting, fishing and recreational shooting, unless specifically closed for cause. This action would help to prevent lawsuits brought by anti-hunting groups attempting to use the courts to stop hunting opportunities on public land.
The Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act would improve public shooting range access, which is a direct benefit to hunters and recreational shooters.
The Pittman-Robertson Modernization Act will improve recruitment of new hunters by allowing states to use existing excise tax funds to help promote hunting and recreational shooting.
These provisions garner wide, bipartisan support. Despite this, the bills have not made their way through the process and time is running out before Congress adjourns for the year. The leadership of the House and Senate have the ability to put these bills up for a vote – but they must hear from you today. Please call the individuals listed below and urge them to show their support for hunters, anglers and trappers by approving these critical provisions before the end of the year.
U.S. House of Representatives:
- Speaker of the House: Speaker Paul Ryan (Wisconsin) 202-225-0600
- Majority Leader: Kevin McCarthy (California) 202-225-4000
- Minority Leader: Nancy Pelosi (California) 202-225-0100
- Minority Whip: Steny Hoyer (Maryland) 202-225-4300
- Senate Majority Leader: Mitch McConnell (Kentucky) 202-224-2541
- Majority Whip: John Cornyn (Texas) 202-224-2934
- Minority Leader: Chuck Schumer (New York) 202-224-6542
- Minority Whip: Dick Durbin (Illinois) 202-224-2152
About the Sportsmen’s Alliance: The Sportsmen’s Alliance protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing and trapping – that generate the money to pay for them. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is responsible for public education, legal defense and research. Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible. Stay connected to Sportsmen’s Alliance: Online, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.