Major Pro-Hunting, Pro-Shooting Bill Killed in Senate at Last Minute
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A major pro-hunting, pro-fishing and by proxy, pro-gun bill has been killed in the Senate after it was widely expected to pass earlier this week.
According to POLITICO,
The Senate killed a bipartisan bill Thursday designed to boost hunting and fishing protections — a victim of a long-running war over amendments that came in the shadow of gun politics.
The sportsmen’s bill — a political boon for its chief Democratic sponsor, North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan — died in a 41-56 procedural vote Thursday. The legislation needed 60 votes to advance.
The measure was all but certain to fail after a spat over amendments led Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to use a procedural maneuver to block changes to the bill on Wednesday. Reid accused the GOP of wanting a slew of amendments designed to kill the bill.
The bill, which was being pushed strongly by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) would have allowed for more use of federal lands for hunting, fishing and target shooting.
The bill seemed to enjoy strong bi-partisan support and was thought to have a strong chance of passing.
It seems highly unlikely that a bill of this magnitude will be brought up again anytime soon.