Since 2015, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation has made the advancement of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) a top priority. This landmark legislation would invest $1.3 billion annually to state fish and wildlife agencies and $97.5 million annually to Tribal fish and wildlife managers to further on-the-ground fish, wildlife, and plant conservation efforts. All told, RAWA could impact more than 12,000 at risk species.  To get this bill across the finish line, it’s critical that members of the House of…

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On Tuesday, May 3, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources unanimously approved the America’s Outdoor Recreation Act of 2022. The legislation is a package of provisions aimed at improving and increasing outdoor recreation opportunities, including recreational fishing, on federal lands. The American Sportfishing Association supports the bill and sent a letter thanking Sens. Joe Manchin (R-W.Va.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) for moving the bill forward. “The sportfishing industry thanks Chairman Manchin, Ranking Member Barrasso and the committee…

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Representing the 1,400 member National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA), President Patrick Neu attended the American Sport Fishing Association’s (A.S.A.) Annual Spring Government Affairs Committee Meeting in Washington, D.C. on March 31 and April 1. The annual meeting provides sportfishing industry leaders a chance to directly engage with Congress and federal agency leaders on policy issues affecting natural resources and the recreational fishing industry. Covering a wide range of topics important to professional anglers, committee sessions during the two-day meeting covered…

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The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee voted to pass the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (S. 2372), a longstanding priority for the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF), on a strong bipartisan vote of 15-5. This landmark legislation is led in a bipartisan fashion by Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Co-Chair Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and CSC Member Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO). Since 2015 when the concept of Recovering America’s Wildlife Act was first developed, CSF has been spearheading the efforts on…

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Conservation Leaders in Washington

Last week, members of the American Sportfishing Association’s Government Affairs committee traveled to Washington, D.C. for the annual spring government affairs meeting. The meeting provided sportfishing industry leaders with a chance to engage with Congress and federal agency leaders about policy issues affecting natural resources and the industry. During the committee sessions, some of the issues discussed included legislative priorities such as the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA), federal excise tax issues, import duty relief and conservation initiatives around the…

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