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Sportsmen’s Act Killed, But Still Hope for Landmark Bill

by PH Online Editors   |  November 29th, 2012 6

Capitol flagThe Sportsmen’s Act may have been killed earlier this week, but don’t nail the coffin shut just yet.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., stunned his peers earlier this week when he killed the Sportsmen’s Act with a procedural vote, dealing what could be a knockout blow to a landmark bill that would provide hunters and fishers with over 35 million acres of public land, would channel excise tax funds toward shooting ranges, and would allow the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to sell Federal Duck Stamps online and raise the price from $10 to $25.

The point of contention, it seems, was over budgetary matters in raising the price of Federal Duck Stamps, spelling disaster for the bill and leading to its failure in the Senate.

Despite the grim outlook, however, there is still hope, as the National Shooting Sports Foundation is keeping the pressure on Congress–and you can join them.

Call your Senators today and tell them to work in a bipartisan manner to solve the budgetary concerns and get what is arguably one of the most important pieces of outdoors legislation back on track. Email your Senators–the NSSF has even provided a page to find your Senators’ contact info–or call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

Time is running out. Call today to ensure future generations can enjoy the outdoors just as we do today. See the short list of candidates that are blocking this bill below.

Senators that Voted “No”

Alexander, Lamar; 202-224-4944 (R-TN)
Ayotte, Kelly; 202-224-3324 (R-NH)
Barrasso, John; 202-224-6441 (R-WY)
Blunt, Roy; 202-224-5721 (R-MO)
Boozman, John; 202-224-4843 (R-AR)
Boxer, Barbara; 202-224-3553 (D-CA)
Brown, Scott; 202-224-4543 (R-MA)
Burr, Richard; 202-224-3154 (R-NC)
Chambliss, Saxy; 202-224-3521 (R-GA)
Coats, Daniel; 202-224-5623 (R-IN)
Coburn, Tom; 202-224-5754 (R-OK)
Cochran, Thad; 202-224-5054 (R-MS)
Collins, Susan; 202-224-2523 (R-ME)
Corker, Bob; 202-224-3344 (R-TN)
Cornyn, John; 202-224-2934 (R-TX)
Crapo, Mike; 202-224-6142 (R-ID)
DeMint, Jim; 202-224-6121 (R-SC)
Enzi, Michael; 202-224-3424 (R-WY)
Graham, Lindsey; 202-224-5972 (R-SC)
Grassley, Chuck; 202-224-3744 (R-IA)
Hatch, Orrin; 202-224-5251 (R-UT)
Heller, Dean; 202-224-6244 (R-NV)
Hutchison, Kay; 202-224-5922 (R-TX)
Inhofe, James 202-224-4721 (R-OK)
Johanns, Mike; 202-224-4224 (R-NE)
Johnson, Ron; 202-224-5323 (R-WI)
Kyl, Jon; 202-224-4521 (R-AZ)
Lee, Mike; 202-224-5444 (R-UT)
Lugar, Richard; 202-224-4814 (R-IN)
McCain, John; 202-224-2235 (R-AZ)
McConnell, Mitch; 202-224-2541 (R-KY)
Moran, Jerry; 202-224-6521 (R-KS)
Murkowski, Lisa; 202-224-6665 (R-AK)
Paul, Rand; 202-224-4343 (R-KY)
Portman, Rob; 202-224-3353 (R-OH)
Risch, James; 202-224-2752 (R-ID)
Roberts, Pat; 202-224-4774 (R-KS)
Rubio, Marco; 202-224-3041 (R-FL)
Sessions, Jeff; 202-224-4124 (R-AL)
Shelby, Richard; 202-224-5744 (R-AL)
Thune, John; 202-224-2321 (R-SD)
Toomey, Patrick; 202-224-4254 (R-PA)
Vitter, David; 202-224-4623 (R-LA)
Wicker, Roger; 202-224-4623 (R-MS)


  • Gavin Murphy

    that's a down right shame

  • Terence

    Ya it figures they can't agree on any thing they to pass it but maybe cut theduck stamp in half that is a little steep.

  • Christopher Andrew

    For those sports men who are republicans take note of all those R's next to all the no votes. For a party is supposedly for hunters rights and 2nd ammendment rights, they certainly aren't showing it with their votes. I understand that some of you may be against the price hike on the federal duck stamps, but when I buy my licences and permits at least I know that the money is going back to the cause.

  • Lawrence Sheperd

    It's telling that only ONE Democrat voted to table this bill.

    Hmmm…… "fiscal integrity" vs. the wild lands and wild life we all cherish and enjoy.

  • dan

    lets vote all these republicans out they wont do anything anyway
    all they do is vote no on every thing

  • Barlet

    I contacted congressmen and senators in my state of PA.Telling them as a sportsmen I want this to be pass I wind wonder how many people contacted the state representatives

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