CSC Co-Chair, Rep. Latta applauded the sportsmen’s community for their support of the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act (H.R. 3590), which passed in the House of Representatives on February 5. “It was a great vote last week and it proves you can get bipartisan legislation passed in this Congress. I want to thank all the members of the CSC here who voted for the legislation,” Latta stated.
In addition to the SHARE Act passage last week, two other important pro-sportsmen’s pieces of legislation advanced through Congress. First, the 2014 Farm Bill passed the Senate and was later signed by President Obama after three long years of debate. And on February 4, CSC Senate Co-Chair, Senator Kay Hagan introduced the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014 (S. 1996).
Crane asked those in attendance for support of S. 1996. “Now we need to turn our attention to the Senate and the recently introduced Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014. This legislation has 12 bipartisan cosponsors, all who are members of the CSC. CSF will continue to work with Senate CSC members to promote this vital legislation in the 113th Congress.”
This year’s “Welcome Back to Congress” title sponsors were the Cabela’s Outdoor Fund and Remington. Host sponsors included: ATK, Bass Pro Shops, National Rifle Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Oracle, Richard Childress Racing, Safari Club International, Shimano American Corporation and Sports South, LLC. The co-host sponsors were: The Accord Group, American Sportfishing Association, Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, Boone and Crockett Club, Crossroads Strategies, LLC, Ducks Unlimited, Duke Energy Corporation, Jeffrey J. Kimbell & Associates, Lockheed Martin Corporation, National Air Traffic Controllers Association, National Beer Wholesalers Association, National Marine Manufacturers Association, Natural Resource Results, and the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America.
Since 1989 CSF has maintained a singleness of purpose that has guided the organization to become the most respected and trusted sportsmen’s organization in the political arena. CSF’s mission is to work with Congress, governors, and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, recreational fishing and shooting and trapping. The unique and collective force of the CSC, the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC) and the NASC, working closely with CSF, and with the support of major hunting, recreational fishing and shooting, and trapping organizations, serves as an unprecedented network of pro-sportsmen elected officials that advance the interests of America’s hunters and anglers.