Federal Affairs

SCI is the only pro-hunting organization with an office in Washington, D.C., that has full time policy experts, in-house legal counsel, and certified wildlife biologists on staff dedicated to the protection of hunting for SCI members and hunters everywhere.

SCI monitors, evaluates, and lobbies on federal legislation impacting hunting, hunters, and wildlife conservation. SCI evaluates hunting opportunities, access, recruitment, and retention. One of the ways to protect hunting freedoms is to keep on top of the legislation in Congress. Building relationships between Congressional leaders and sportsmen as well as staying current on the issues ensures that hunting interests are at the forefront when important bills come up.

Alerts on current legislation

SCI Welcomes Senate Confirmation of Avid Hunter David Bernhardt

Jul 25, 2017
The U.S. Senate today confirmed the nomination of David Bernhardt of Virginia to serve as Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI), joining Secretary Ryan Zinke at the top of the 70,000-person agency.
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Committee Holds Hearing on Critical ESA Reform Bills

Jul 25, 2017
On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a legislative hearing to review five bills seeking reform or improvement of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
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ACTION ALERT: Tell Your U.S. Senators to Vote in Support of S.1514

Jul 24, 2017
SCI members, please contact your Senators and voice your support for S. 1514. Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming introduced S. 1514, the Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation (HELP) or the “Help for Wildlife Act. The proposal has strong bipartisan support, reauthorizes several important conservation programs, and seeks to provide regulatory clarity for sportsmen.
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No Change in Zimbabwe Importation Status

Jul 12, 2017
Despite recent rumors to the contrary, the existing bans on African lion and elephant importation from Zimbabwe remain in effect. SCI received confirmation of this information yesterday from the U.S. Department of the Interior.
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House & Senate Members Take Needed Steps to Protect Hunting Heritage & Promote Sportsmen’s Legislation

Jul 11, 2017
During the last few weeks, members of the House and Senate have introduced several bills that offer important protections for hunters, recreational shooters and anglers. Collectively, these bills, if adopted, will increase hunting opportunities and access, require that federal agencies consider hunting when conducting planning on Federal lands, and offer myriad means of support for the hunting community.
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