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Tell the Senate to Pass the Sportsmen's Act - NOW!

November 28, 2012
Tell the Senate to Pass the Sportsmen's Act - NOW! - 14

If you do one thing today or tomorrow – call or email one of the U.S. Senators listed below. Tell them you support passage of the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012. Tell them that if they don’t vote for it, you consider them anti-hunters.

If we have any hope of turning the tide on this bill, probably the most important piece of hunting and fishing legislation of our generation, we can’t wait. You must call now. We’ve covered the contents of the Sportsman’s Act in the links below, but to refresh you, here’s why it matters:

- It earmarks a percentage of offshore oil and gas drilling revenue to purchase access to currently inaccessible public land. This provision alone will give America’s hunters and anglers access to up to 35 million acres of land that is already public, but that we can’t get to.

- It channels more of the excise-tax funds that we currently pay on guns and ammo to public shooting ranges across the U.S. We’re a nation of shooters, but many of us don’t have a place to shoot safely or responsibly.

- It brings the federal Duck Stamp into the modern age, allowing the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to sell them electronically and bumping the price from $10 to $25 to fund critical wetland and duck habitat.

As we noted earlier today, the act, sponsored by Montana Sen. Jon Tester and supported overwhelmingly by both parties, was killed yesterday on a procedural vote by senators who had previously supported the bill.

Those senators who voted no are listed below. There is time to revive this bill, but it must be done by tomorrow. A one-sentence email demanding their support is all you need to deliver. Or you can cut and paste this message. Just act. It’s time America’s sportsmen woke up, let these politicians know that we are watching, and to bring to a vote the most important conservation bill of our time.

Contact your senators - no mater how they voted - and tell them to support this act. But do it NOW!

SENATORS WHO VOTED 'NO' (44)

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)

SENATORS WHO VOTED 'YES' (50)
Akaka, Daniel (D-HI)
Baucus, Max (D-MT)
Bennet, Michael (D-CO)
Bingaman, Jeff (D-NM)            
Blumenthal, Richard (D-CT)
Brown, Sherrod (D-OH)  
Cantwell, Maria (D-WA)  
Cardin, Benjamin (D-MD)  
Carper, Thomas (D-DE)  
Casey, Robert (D-PA)  
Conrad, Kent (D-ND)  
Coons, Christopher (D-DE)  
Durbin, Richard (D-IL)  
Feinstein, Dianne (D-CA)  
Franken, Al (D-MN) 
Gillibrand, Kirsten (D-NY) 
Hagan, Kay (D-NC) 
Inouye, Daniel (D-HI)  
Johnson, Tim (D-SD)  
Kerry, John (D-MA)  
Klobuchar, Amy (D-MN) 
Kohl, Herb (D-WI)  
Lautenberg, Frank (D-NJ) 
Leahy, Patrick (D-VT)  
Levin, Carl (D-MI)  
Lieberman, Joseph (ID-CT) 
Manchin, Joe (D-WV)  
McCaskill, Claire (D-MO)  
Menendez, Robert (D-NJ)  
Merkley, Jeff (D-OR)  
Mikulski, Barbara (D-MD)  
Murray, Patty (D-WA) 
Nelson, Ben (D-NE)  
Nelson, Bill (D-FL)  
Pryor, Mark (D-AR)  
Reed, Jack (D-RI)  
Reid, Harry (D-NV)  
Rockefeller, John (D-WV)
Sanders, Bernard (I-VT)
Schumer, Charles (D-NY) 
Shaheen, Jeanne (D-NH)
Snowe, Olympia (R-ME) 
Stabenow, Debbie (D-MI) 
Tester, John (D-MT)
Udall, Mark (D-CO)
Udall, Tom (D-NM)
Warner, Mark (D-VA) 
Webb, Jim (D-VA)
Whitehouse, Sheldon (D-RI)
Wyden, Ron (D-OR)
          

About the Bill
U.S. Senate Kills Sportsmen's Act of 2012 Over $10 Duck Stamp Increase
Must-Pass Legislation: Sportsmen’s Act of 2012
Is the Sportsmen's Act Doomed? Ask your Senator
How to Fix the Sportsmen's Heritage Act

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from trapper vic wrote 1 year 32 weeks ago

This proves voting party lines is BS. If they cannot pass the Sportsmans act then grab your life boats boys cause we are going over the fiscal cliff!

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from akferraro1 wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

Raising the duck stamp from $10 to $25 was technically illegal (because they can only increase fees by a certain percentage at one time). It’s BS that we need to buy this stamp to shoot doves and woodcock- mention that when you call. The NYT falsely reported that the bill would legalize polar bear hunting - it really allows hunter who legally took bears in Canada to bring them back to the US. The polar bear misinformation was later retracted.

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from RealGoodMan wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

There's nothing wrong with the bill. Look it up yourself on Google. It's all there. It couldn't be any more clear and concrete. It came down to the $10 increase on the stamp as being a violation of the "no new taxes" provision. Despite previously supporting the Sportsmen's Act, the GOP did an about-face, killed the Act and it never reached the floor for a vote. Very convenient considering the NRA would have scored the votes on the floor and a negative roll call on their part would have hurt their scorecard. The Sportsmen's Act deserves much better than party politics. No one on either side should have voted "no."

Preston, the Sportsmen's Act would have actually reduced the deficit by 5 million over the next 10 years.

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from Oneshot wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

When I looked at the list of no’s, it is pretty much split along party lines. Then I noticed Barbara Boxer saying no, if I’m not mistaken she usually goes along party lines, demo. There must be something wrong with this bill if she is against it.

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from Preston Moore wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

Yes, tell them to pass it so we can go in the hole even more, and while you're at it why don't you encourage them to raise the debt ceiling again like they proposed and got laughed at on the floor of Congress. How would all of you feel if PETA was urging their senators to pass a bill that was beneficial to their interests but had a negative impact on our already fubar'd economy?

"The failure of the U.S. Senate to pass the Sportsmen's Act of 2012, sponsored by Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, came as a surprise to many who believed the measures contained in the bill enjoyed wide-ranging public support, but Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions said the bill exceeded spending limits passed by the Senate in 2011 to address federal debt, and for that reason alone, the bill failed.

Great Falls Tribune"

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from Leon Dost wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

you see what this is about dont you? ?you hunters that are republicans might want to rethink your loyalty!! ITS ALL GETTING THEIR HANDS ON PUBLIC LAND FOR DRILLING FOR OIL AND FRACKING!all the repugnicants voted for i! you need to change the channel and STOP WATCHING THE FOX PROPAGANDA CHANNEL

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from GuyGene wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

I don't understand this either. Both my senators voted NO, and I know them to be outdoorsmen, and usually believe like I do about things hunting and fishing. I am not from Alabama, but Alex, your comment about Jeff Session might be on target. I really like Senator Sessions, and he seems to really think right about things, so my feeling is that there is more to this bill than what we might think. Since the NO/YES vote is divided by party, I am suspicious about this...

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from HuntingEditor wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

All - details can get lost in the fog of politics, but from what we understand there was a heated argument between the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader (I'm guessing here, but my sense is that tensions are running pretty high with this "fiscal cliff" looming) earlier in the day of this vote, and some of that angst carried over into this vote. Speculation, at best, but without first-person accounts of all the interaction, I guess I'm keeping my eye on the prize - which is passing this Sportsmen's Act before it's too late. Thanks to you all for your work breathing life back into it.
mckean

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

I agree with mesarich, I have a hard time believing all of these Senators, including some very well respected ones, would block a bill they had previously supported unless the Democrats had tried piggy-back some other legislation onto it on the sly, or something like that.

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from cjohnsrud wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

Sent John Thune from SD an email, stating that I would not be supporting him or spending anymore of my money for special draw tags in South Dakota unless he votes YES for the Sportsman's Act of 2012.

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from mesarich wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

Why did all the republicans change their votes? Is it possible there is more here then meets the eye? I know sometimes things get attached to bills that can cause votes to be changed. I would like a little more information on what is really going on before I decide to call my senators.

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from HuntingEditor wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

And...it gets better. Almost all those Republicans who voted NO yesterday earlier voted YES. I think they just need to hear from us - and not D.C. lobbyists - to re-convince them that this is a good bill.

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from Alex Robinson wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

Hey Cjohnsrud,

Here's the scoop ... Senator Jeff Sessions raised a budget point of order saying the Sportsmen's Act would violate the Budget Control Act (see the duck stamp blog earlier today by Ben Lamb). The democrats motioned to waive this point and needed 60 votes to do so. They didn't get them.

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from cjohnsrud wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

I guess I don't understand. If there were 44 NO and 50 YES votes, wouldn't that be a majority vote? Partisan politics at it's finest.

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from Alex Robinson wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

Hey Cjohnsrud,

Here's the scoop ... Senator Jeff Sessions raised a budget point of order saying the Sportsmen's Act would violate the Budget Control Act (see the duck stamp blog earlier today by Ben Lamb). The democrats motioned to waive this point and needed 60 votes to do so. They didn't get them.

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from HuntingEditor wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

And...it gets better. Almost all those Republicans who voted NO yesterday earlier voted YES. I think they just need to hear from us - and not D.C. lobbyists - to re-convince them that this is a good bill.

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from cjohnsrud wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

I guess I don't understand. If there were 44 NO and 50 YES votes, wouldn't that be a majority vote? Partisan politics at it's finest.

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from mesarich wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

Why did all the republicans change their votes? Is it possible there is more here then meets the eye? I know sometimes things get attached to bills that can cause votes to be changed. I would like a little more information on what is really going on before I decide to call my senators.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from cjohnsrud wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

Sent John Thune from SD an email, stating that I would not be supporting him or spending anymore of my money for special draw tags in South Dakota unless he votes YES for the Sportsman's Act of 2012.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from HuntingEditor wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

All - details can get lost in the fog of politics, but from what we understand there was a heated argument between the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader (I'm guessing here, but my sense is that tensions are running pretty high with this "fiscal cliff" looming) earlier in the day of this vote, and some of that angst carried over into this vote. Speculation, at best, but without first-person accounts of all the interaction, I guess I'm keeping my eye on the prize - which is passing this Sportsmen's Act before it's too late. Thanks to you all for your work breathing life back into it.
mckean

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from GuyGene wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

I don't understand this either. Both my senators voted NO, and I know them to be outdoorsmen, and usually believe like I do about things hunting and fishing. I am not from Alabama, but Alex, your comment about Jeff Session might be on target. I really like Senator Sessions, and he seems to really think right about things, so my feeling is that there is more to this bill than what we might think. Since the NO/YES vote is divided by party, I am suspicious about this...

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Preston Moore wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

Yes, tell them to pass it so we can go in the hole even more, and while you're at it why don't you encourage them to raise the debt ceiling again like they proposed and got laughed at on the floor of Congress. How would all of you feel if PETA was urging their senators to pass a bill that was beneficial to their interests but had a negative impact on our already fubar'd economy?

"The failure of the U.S. Senate to pass the Sportsmen's Act of 2012, sponsored by Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, came as a surprise to many who believed the measures contained in the bill enjoyed wide-ranging public support, but Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions said the bill exceeded spending limits passed by the Senate in 2011 to address federal debt, and for that reason alone, the bill failed.

Great Falls Tribune"

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from RealGoodMan wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

There's nothing wrong with the bill. Look it up yourself on Google. It's all there. It couldn't be any more clear and concrete. It came down to the $10 increase on the stamp as being a violation of the "no new taxes" provision. Despite previously supporting the Sportsmen's Act, the GOP did an about-face, killed the Act and it never reached the floor for a vote. Very convenient considering the NRA would have scored the votes on the floor and a negative roll call on their part would have hurt their scorecard. The Sportsmen's Act deserves much better than party politics. No one on either side should have voted "no."

Preston, the Sportsmen's Act would have actually reduced the deficit by 5 million over the next 10 years.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

I agree with mesarich, I have a hard time believing all of these Senators, including some very well respected ones, would block a bill they had previously supported unless the Democrats had tried piggy-back some other legislation onto it on the sly, or something like that.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from trapper vic wrote 1 year 32 weeks ago

This proves voting party lines is BS. If they cannot pass the Sportsmans act then grab your life boats boys cause we are going over the fiscal cliff!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Oneshot wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

When I looked at the list of no’s, it is pretty much split along party lines. Then I noticed Barbara Boxer saying no, if I’m not mistaken she usually goes along party lines, demo. There must be something wrong with this bill if she is against it.

-1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Leon Dost wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

you see what this is about dont you? ?you hunters that are republicans might want to rethink your loyalty!! ITS ALL GETTING THEIR HANDS ON PUBLIC LAND FOR DRILLING FOR OIL AND FRACKING!all the repugnicants voted for i! you need to change the channel and STOP WATCHING THE FOX PROPAGANDA CHANNEL

-2 Good Comment? | | Report
from akferraro1 wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

Raising the duck stamp from $10 to $25 was technically illegal (because they can only increase fees by a certain percentage at one time). It’s BS that we need to buy this stamp to shoot doves and woodcock- mention that when you call. The NYT falsely reported that the bill would legalize polar bear hunting - it really allows hunter who legally took bears in Canada to bring them back to the US. The polar bear misinformation was later retracted.

-2 Good Comment? | | Report

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