WASHINGTON – US Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Martin Heinrich (NM) today announced that their bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is on the verge of becoming law.
Today, the landmark conservation legislation was defeated by the US Senate Environment and Works Committee (EPW) with bipartisan support. The bill now heads to the Senate floor for review. The House bill came out of the House Natural Resources Committee in January.
Blunt and Heinrich held a conference call for reporters to discuss progress. A recording of their remarks is available HERE.
“Protecting habitats and wildlife isn’t just important to states like Missouri – with some of the best hunting, fishing and outdoor activities in the country – it’s important to communities across the country. “, Blunt said. “By encouraging states, territories and tribes to make meaningful contributions to voluntary conservation efforts, we can preserve our nation’s wildlife for future generations. I want to thank the Environment and Public Works Committee for moving RAWA forward, and I will continue to work with my friend Senator Heinrich to get this historic legislation to the President’s office.
“The outdoors is once again proving to be a real unifier. I am so proud of the bipartisan leadership and widespread support that is moving the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act forward. Senator Blunt has been a great partner, and EPW President Tom Carper and Ranking Member Shelley Moore Capito have helped us move this landmark conservation legislation forward. I am confident that if we can maintain our momentum, we will push this bill through the entire Senate with broad bipartisan support,”
said Heinrich, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. “Without sufficient resources, state and tribal wildlife agencies have been forced to choose which species are worth saving. Instead of doing the proactive work needed to maintain healthy wildlife populations, they have been forced to use reactive measures to save species after listing them as threatened or endangered species There is an urgent need to change this paradigm and save thousands of species with a solution that is up to the challenge The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act offers us a constructive path forward. Adopting RAWA will mean that our grandchildren will be able to experience the same rich and abundant American wildlife – from bumblebees to bison – with which we were fortunate enough to to grow.
“Today, our committee took a step forward in advancing hard-hitting, bipartisan conservation legislation,” said EPW President Tom Carper (Del.). “The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act aims to address the pervasive and growing threat of biodiversity loss, which scientists say could worsen dramatically in coming years without action. I appreciate the strong leadership shown by Senators Heinrich, Blunt and Capito when our committee considered this bill, and I look forward to working with them, as well as other proponents, to find a way to pay for this important investment and to take additional measures to stem our crisis of biodiversity loss. Like successful species conservation, legislating is a shared responsibility.”
“An integral part of West Virginia is our natural landscape and native wildlife,” said EPW Ranking Member Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.). “I was proud to support the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, which will provide a historic investment to help states in their species recovery efforts. I thank my colleagues, Senators Blunt and Heinrich, for spearheading this bill to provide our state fish and wildlife agencies with more resources to conserve species at risk.
Blunt and Heinrich’s legislation invests in proactive, on-the-ground conservation work by states, territories, and tribal nations to support the long-term health of fish and wildlife and their habitat throughout America. These local, science-based strategies would restore populations of species most in need of conservation.
Since its introduction in July 2021, the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act has gained significant momentum with 32 bipartisan sponsors and co-sponsors, and is supported by more than 60 tribes and 1,500 organizations representing state fish and wildlife agencies. , sportsmen and women, conservation groups and industry and business associations.
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