FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2016
SCI Applauds Passage of SHARE Act in U.S. House
WASHINGTON, DC – Safari Club International applauds the passage of H.R. 2406, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2015, in the U.S. House of Representatives. This legislation expands and protects opportunities for the 37 million Americans who hunt and fish, including a provision to codify an “open until closed” policy for hunter access on federal public lands.
“Safari Club International would like to thank the members of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus and the leadership in the House of Representatives for advancing this important legislation,” said Chip Burkhalter, SCI’s Director of Government Affairs. “We appreciate the hard work of the bill’s original sponsors Reps. Robert Wittman (R-VA 1), Tim Walz (D-MN 1), Jeff Duncan (R-SC 3) and Gene Green (D-TX 29).”
“We would also like to thank Speaker Paul Ryan, (R-WI 1), Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA-23) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA 1). We appreciate the efforts of Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT 1) and Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX 32) in advancing this important piece of legislation,” Burkhalter continued.
“With today’s bipartisan vote, America’s sportsmen and women are a step closer to enacting these much-needed, common-sense reforms. We encourage the U.S. Senate to take action on this legislation in the near future,” concluded Burkhalter.
Safari Club International worked closely on this legislation with, and appreciates the efforts of, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, the National Rifle Association, and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, among other groups. The combined effort by these organizations ensured that the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan SHARE Act of 2015.
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Safari Club International – First For Hunters is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI’s approximately 200 Chapters represent all 50 of the United States as well as 106 other countries. SCI’s proactive leadership in a host of cooperative wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian programs, with the SCI Foundation and other conservation groups, research institutions and government agencies, empowers sportsmen to be contributing community members and participants in sound wildlife management and conservation. Visit www.safariclub.org or call (202) 543-8733 for more information.