From a legislative standpoint 2020 is off to a fast start, as the United States Senate passed The America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act (S. 3051) on just their first week back in session for the new year. The ACE Act, strongly supported by Safari Club International, is a package of bills focused on wildlife conservation and hunting and several provisions are important to SCI members.
Safari Club International (SCI), jointly with the National Rifle Association (NRA), has fought for and successfully represented the voice of hunters and outdoorsmen as defendant-intervenors in litigation heard by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Last week, the court tossed out a legal challenge to Congress’ repeal of restrictive hunting limitations in National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska, originally imposed by regulatory fiat at the tail end of the Obama administration.
History was made today, as Vice President Mike Pence swore Aurelia Skipwi
Earlier this week, the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee unanimously approved S. 3051, a package of bills entitled America’s Conservation Enhancement Act, or the ACE Act. Sponsored by senators John Barrasso (R-WY) and Tom Carper (D-DE), the ACE Act reauthorizes a variety of federal wildlife and habitat programs.
December 17, 2019
SCI welcomed a clear bipartisan win for hunters today as the U.S. House of Representatives adopted legislation to provide State fish & wildlife agencies the flexibility they need to bolster their marketing plans and expand access to learn-to-hunt programs. These reforms have been pushed for several years, most notably by Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA), an avid hunter.
Safari Club International congratulates Aurelia Skipwith on being confirmed as Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and thanks President Donald J. Trump for her nomination.
Tell Your Senators To Confirm Aurelia Skipwith As Director Of The United States Fish And Wildlife Service12/10/2019
The Senate will be voting on the confirmation of Aurelia Skipwith as Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service this week. Last Week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took steps to quickly move forward with her nomination and a vote on her confirmation is expected in the next few days. Now is the chance to make your voice heard by contacting your Senators through SCI’s Hunter Advocacy Action Center.
On December 4th the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hosted a Legislative Hearing focused on creating a Task Force through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to address Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) on a nationwide scale. The idea of establishing a CWD Task Force has strong bipartisan support and would bring together state and federal agencies, deer farmers, and some of the top scientists in the nation.
Today, the Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act (H.R. 877) was voted out of the House Committee on Natural Resources with bipartisan support. This is good news for hunters across the nation as it will allow state fish and wildlife agencies greater flexibility to use portions of their federal excise dollars for hunter and recreational shooter recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3) efforts.
On Tuesday, November 19th, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) advanced the nomination of Katharine MacGregor to be Deputy Secretary of the Department of Interior, where she now awaits a vote from the full Senate.
Ms. MacGregor has served in several positions at the Department since joining the Trump Administration in January 2017, including Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Land and Minerals Management.