WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives should swiftly pass the America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act, following the U.S. Senate’s unanimous passage today of the bipartisan bill, which includes multiple hunting, fishing and wildlife conservation priorities. The bill, introduced by Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.), would be another significant win for wildlife and sportsmen and sportswomen nationwide.
“At a time when one-third of wildlife species are at heightened risk of extinction and lawmakers struggle to agree on anything, the Senate is again showing that conservation can bring our leaders together to achieve real progress — and we thank Chair Barrasso and Senator Carper for their incredible leadership. The House should follow suit and pass this common-sense, bipartisan investments to restore wildlife populations and conserve our outdoor heritage,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “The ACE Act confronts systemic challenges facing wildlife by restoring essential wildlife habitat like wetlands and the Chesapeake Bay, fighting Chronic Wasting Disease in deer and elk, and removing invasive species. While we still have much more work to do, this is an important victory for bipartisan solutions that the House should swiftly affirm.
“This bill’s passage is a testament to its bipartisan co-sponsors — Senators John Boozman, Ben Cardin, Kevin Cramer, Tammy Duckworth, James Inhofe, Shelley Moore Capito and Chris Van Hollen — as well as the leadership of lawmakers like Senator Martin Heinrich.”
The ACE Act will:
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